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De Montfort University (DMU) is hosting a series of events leading up to COP26 to help drive the conversation on climate change as global leaders gather to agree ways accelerate action to reduce climate change.

The events have been organised by De Montfort University’s United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 16, Sustainability Team and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) project who are collectively working on new strategies to ensure the outcomes of any COP26 activity does not simply end once the global leaders have left Glasgow.

DMU has a comprehensive approach to measuring and reporting its carbon (greenhouse gas) emissions and is promoting the theme of ’26 Ideas for COP 26’ throughout October and November to encourage staff and students to share their suggestions for a more sustainable future and hopefully find new ways of working or innovations that will not only improve our campus life, but show politicians, large institutions and others that change is possible.

Staff and students are being encouraged to send their ideas and innovations to improve sustainability in advance of the event, to do so, please submit here. These will then be collated and hosted online to inspire others before being turned into a document of the 26 best ideas through a focus group.

The COP26 events at DMU includes the launch of several schemes for DMU’s students and staff to make a difference on these issues, including Green Impact, Sustainability Advocates opportunities for students and how to connect to the DMU UNAI SDG16 Hub.

There is also an impressive series of lectures by DMU academics working on climate issues, including zero-carbon retrofit options for UK houses, ‘climate obstruction’ and future changes in the UK energy system and more. Workshops led by DMU’s Education for Sustainable Development project will explore how climate issues can be reflected in our teaching and learning activities, applying systems thinking to issues such as climate change and debating game-changing policies to make climate action embedded in how DMU operates.

View the COP26 events programme here