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COP26 - A Green Future: What difference will you make?

From the 1st – 12th November 2021, Glasgow will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). There will be representatives from all countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. Representatives will include heads of states and government officials. COP26 was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed a year. The last COP took place in Madrid in November 2019. There, it was agreed that at the next COP meeting, countries would set out their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s), as part of the Paris Agreement. NDC’s are the actions a country commits to in order to reduce their carbon emissions. Under the Paris Agreement, countries are expected to review their NDC’s every 5 years to ensure that they are ambitious enough to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees, and ideally to 1.5 degrees. COP26 will be the first time the NDC’s are reviewed.

Collaborating for Change Week

In the run up to COP26, we are working with departments from across the University of Chester and local organisations to pull together a programme of activities to raise awareness of COP and demonstrate local activity that is creating an impact.

Collaborating for Change Week will run from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October 2021. The aim of the week is to collaborate to transition to a net zero world and resilient University. Workshops throughout the week will focus on exploring the impacts and opportunities to influence change from a global, local, University and personal level and how to influence change in our wider community.

If you have any questions about Collaborating for Change Week, please email Green Chester. A MS Teams channel has been set up for the week; within the channel, there is a collection of resources relating to the climate emergency, COP26 and climate action. It is a space for students and staff to share ideas and work together to create change. 

Monday 25th October – A global overview

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What is COP26? We'll be starting our week of events with an introduction to COP26. Professor Peter Cox, Department of Social and Political Science will be talking about what COP26 and it's significance. 

10.00am - 10.30am

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Climate Change: An international crisis  

Through a series of short videos, we’ll be discussing how climate change is a global crisis and affects each nation.

11.00am – 12.00pm

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Film screening – Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

Sir David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockstrom examine Earth’s biodiversity collapse and how this crisis can still be averted.

1.00pm – 2.15pm

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Tuesday 26th October – national and local action

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Young Leaders

Find out more about Cheshire Wildlife Trust and upcoming opportunities to be involved in creating a youth-led campaign.

11.00am – 12.00pm

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Local Climate Emergency Action                                       

Hear from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough as they provide an overview of local climate emergency plans and activities.                                       

10am - 11am   

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New Technology for Wildlife Monitoring

Join CREST for an online workshop looking at the role of technology in monitoring wildlife.

1.00pm – 3.00pm

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Wednesday 27th October – University action

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Grounds and Gardens Instagram live                                                                        

We’ll be talking to the Grounds and Gardens team to find out more about what they do and upcoming projects.

10.00am – 10.30am

@greenuochester and @uocgardens on Instagram.

Climate Action 2021-22 workbook launch

Climate Action is a programme that has been designed for staff to improve the sustainability performance of their department. Find out more about this year’s workbook and how your department can get involved.

12.00pm – 12.45pm

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Cheshire Net Zero Carbon Conference

Hosted by Reaseheath College, Cheshire East Council and Sustainable Nantwich, the conference is a local response to COP26. It aims to support and guide businesses and organisations across all sectors to successfully meet regional, national and global net zero carbon targets.

9.00am – 1.00pm

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Welly Wednesday Allotment session

Join the Welly Wednesday team at the allotment! Activities will include clearing the beds and bringing some colour to the allotment by painting the shed.

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Please email wellywednesdays@chester.ac.uk to book.

New Staff Starter Q&A

The Sustainability Officer will be welcoming new staff and answering questions on all things sustainability at the University.

1.30pm - 2.30pm
Volunteering training - Energy audits As we move towards a more sustainable future, reducing our use of energy and associated carbon emissions is vital. The UK Government has a target of reaching Net Zero by 2050, the University has taken a more proactive approach and has set its own net zero target of 2030. Energy auditing is a valuable tool in assessing best practices in our day to day working. Learn how to conduct energy audits for Climate Action teams.

1pm – 2pm.

Exton Park, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk to book.

 

Volunteering training - Waste audits

The University has a target to increase its recycling rates to 65% of all waste recycled by 2025 and 75% recycled by 2030. Learn more about waste management at the University and how to conduct waste audits for Climate Action teams.

2pm – 3pm

Exton Park, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk to book.

Litter pick As part of the Big Hog Friendly Litter Pick Challenge, there are litter picks every Wednesday at Exton Park until the end of November

2pm - 4pm

Exton Park, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk to book. 

Thursday 28th October – Personal Actions

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Taking Action Find out more about sustainability initiatives and activities you can take part in including Carbon Literacy Training, volunteering and the Net Zero Challenge

9.30am – 10.15am

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Pop-up Patch Challenge                                                                                   

The Patch Challenge have held ‘pop-up’ clothing repair events across Chester campuses and now you can find out how to repair your favourite clothes from the comfort of your own sofa. They’re all about making garments wearable for longer, so grab a cuppa, and watch them repair things live using basic hand stitching and sewing machine techniques. Ask any questions in the chat, share tips or make and mend along.

12.00pm – 1.30pm

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Sustainability Tour

Find out how you can be more sustainable on campus!

11.00am – 12.00pm

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Exton Park, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk with the time you would like to attend.

Friday 29th October – Influencing change

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Creating positive change in your local community

We’ll be joined by Helen Tandy who has spearheaded climate action across Chester. Helen will be discussing how we can have a positive impact and encourage others to take action

10.00am – 11.00am

Exton Park, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk to book.

Sustainability strategy

Drop in to our sustainability pop-up display and share your ideas and thoughts on sustainability at the University.

11.00am – 3.00pm

Grosvenor Marquee