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De Montfort University (DMU) is hosting a series of events alongside the world’s biggest climate change conference COP27, to help drive the conversation on climate change at the university.

The United Nations Annual Climate Change Conference, COP27, is set to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt between November 6-18, 2022, and will see world leaders meet to try and agree policies and strategy to create a more sustainable global future.

To mark this, DMU is encouraging staff and students at DMU to help drive climate action at the heart of campus by hosting activities during this time.

Supported by DMU's United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 16 (UNAI), the Sustainability Team and the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) project, the programme of activities will create new ways of working and innovations that will not only improve our campus life, but show politicians, large institutions and others that change is possible.

The activities will start with a launch event on Thursday 3 November from 5-6pm at The Venue@DMU with a showcase of the university’s efforts on climate action, through teaching, research and campus operations.

The COP27 activities at DMU will include the promotion of several schemes for staff and students to help make a difference, these include: Green Impact, Sustainability Advocates opportunities, SDG drop-ins, research impact initiatives and sessions on how to connect to the DMU UNAI SDG16 Hub.

The events will also include the launch of a new climate action awards initiative celebrating those who are already going the extra mile for sustainability. Staff and students are being encouraged to take part in the awards by submitting any work they have undertaken through; research, teaching and campus activity in the pursuit of acting to reduce global warming and improve sustainability.

This year, COP27 will focus on four keys areas and the university is encouraging events and activities to discuss each theme:

  1. Mitigation - how to limit global warming to well below 2C and work hard to keep the 1.5C target alive
  2. Adaptation - how to enhance resilience and assist the most vulnerable communities
  3. Finance - how global climate action is funded
  4. Collaboration - ensuring adequate representation and participation from all relevant stakeholders


Anyone wishing to submit an event or discuss and idea for a COP27 activity is asked to email