Plymouth 2015 Climate Change Conference
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This autumn, Paris will host COP21, the UN-led, international summit on climate change which will draw attention from all over the world as crucial decisions will be made about the future of our planet.

Here at UPSU, we are creating our very own local conference to educate, involve, inspire and empower all students in the South West and our local community; we want to put pressure on key decision makers by working together to commit to bold and strong targets, for example, zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Our conference consists of two days of activities, workshops and fun. 

From lecturers, members of our local community, students past and present and activities such as social cycles, there is something for everyone, so you have to get involved.

The conference will also include a Twitter chat on Friday at 13:00 using the hashtag #PCCC15 on the four themes below.

  • The Politics of Climate Change: from Kyoto to Paris. 18 years of climate negotiation: What to expect in 2015?
  • Climate Change and Stakeholders: global civil society, green activism, industrial lobbying and the state.
  • What for the World? Perspectives from the EU, the developed North, the developing South and… What about small islands?
  • The economy of climate change: can money save the environment?

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Conference programme

View the full conference schedule and information about each event 

Thursday 5 November

  • Professor Camille Parmesan: A Big Global Meta-analysis (11:00 - 13:00, Illusion, The SU)
  • Climate Change: Interactive workshops (13:00 - 17:00, The SU)
  • Campus Tour (14:00 - 15:30, Meet in The SU, near the Food Cabin) 
  • People and Planet: Divestment workshop (14:00, Room 114 Rolle Building)
  • Fracking: The Big Yes or No? (17:00 - 18:30, Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building)
  • Film Screening: Do the Math? (19:00 - 20:30, The SU, Illusion)
  • Jam House presents: Weapons of Sound (21:00 - late, The SU)

Friday 6 November

  • Social Cycle (10:30 - 13:00, meet at Rockets & Rascals)
  • Dr Victoria Hurth: How Involved Should the Public Be in Meeting the Climate Change Targets? (11:00, Room 210, Rolle Building)
  • Dr Paul Warwick: World Map (11:00 - 16:00, Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building)
  • Dr Paul Lunt: Climate Change and Energy - Options for the Future (12:00m Room A102, Portland Square Building)
  • Alison Anderson: What is the Role of the Media in Communicating Climate Change? (12:00, Room 214, Rolle Building)
  • Mark Robins, RSPB: Nature - Our Big Ally in Fighting Damaging Climate Change (13:00, Room 214, Babbage Building)
  • Twitter Chat (13:00)
  • Social Cycle (14:00 - 16:30, meet at Rockets & Rascals)
  • Conference of Parties Simulation (14:00 - 16:00, Room 117, Rolle Building)
  • Jackie Young: Urban Agenda (Putting Our Foot in It - Why Bother About Carbon Footprints?) (15:00, Room 305, Rolle Building)
  • What’s next? The Sustainable Future of the University and UPSU (17:00, Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building)
  • Film Screening: Ice Age (19:00 - 20:20, Illusion, The SU)


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