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Top speakers lined up for University of Cambridge’s Climate Change Festival

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The University of Cambridge is offering six days of free climate-themed online panel sessions, pre-recorded talks, stories and games for all ages at its Climate Change Festival in the final days before the start of COP26.

Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey. (52249687)
Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey. (52249687)

Cambridge Zero, the university’s climate initiative, will kick off its second Climate Change Festival on Friday, October 15 to present solutions and inspire global action before the start of the United Nations international climate change conference taking place in Glasgow, between October 31 and November 12 (COP26).

All events will be conducted by leading thinkers from science, academia, policy and community groups from around the world.

ClimateChangeFestival2021 (52249758)
ClimateChangeFestival2021 (52249758)

University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Stephen J Toope said: “With COP26 almost upon us, Cambridge Zero’s International Climate Change Festival will allow us to nurture further collaboration and dialogue between the academic and non-academic communities. Addressing the issues of climate change is urgent. This year’s festival will highlight that urgency, while making the case for local action to inspire global change.”

The festival will start with a live panel session on Women and Climate Change with an international guest panel including Princess Esmeralda of Belgium, Erika Arteaga Cruz from Ecuador, coordinator for the Environment and Health circle of the People’s Health Movement and chaired by director of Cambridge Zero and friend of COP26, Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE.

The festival will also include live talks and panel sessions with leaders in the climate movement including academic, author and TV presenter, Dr Giles Yeo, Dr Nicole Redvers from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota, and author of The Science of the Sacred, as well as Rhiannon Osborne, climate change commissioner for the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The six days of online events, both live and on-demand, will focus on the important work our communities are doing in the run-up to COP26.

Dr Shuckburgh said: “With COP26 being a pivotal moment to agree the next steps to ensure emission reductions, this year’s festival will highlight the wide range of activities being undertaken to catalyse action and help make COP26 a success.”

Find out more at zero.cam.ac.uk.

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