What is COP 26?
COP26 (Conference of the Parties) is the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference. The key aim of the event is to review the effects of climate measures and progress towards the Paris Climate Agreement targets of keeping warming below 2°C and aiming for 1.5°C. You can find out more about the conference here - What is COP26?
SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability) have created this helpful e-guide on COP26 for students - SOS-UK COP26 E Guide to give you the opportunity to read into the event and gain an understanding of what’s going to be discussed and what the hoped-for outcomes are.
What are we doing for COP26?
We're working with lots of our student-led societies, Sustainability Officer and University staff to bring together various events over the COP26 period. You can find out more about these below. If you have any questions you can email our Sustainability Coordinator, Johannes at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Stirling have some dedicated pages around their activity for COP26 which you can access: University of Stirling COP26
NUS SOS UK Skills Survey? - Give your feedback
NUS (National Union of Students) are looking for your opinions on sustainability skills at University. The more Stirling responses they get, the more access to that data we are given which can help make real change here at Stirling. Complete the survey: NUS Sustainability Skills Survey
Hedgehog House Building Session – In partnership with our Environmental Enterprises Society, come join in a session at our community garden to build some of our cutest campus dwellers cozy homes for winter. No prior experience required, just turn up to our community garden and help us make the campus a great place for Hedgehogs. Wednesday 3rd Nov, 2-4pm - Community Garden (On campus, just past Airthrey Castle, heading towards Alexander Court)
Sustainability Forum – Open forum for students and staff at the University to speak to the staff & students working on sustainability at Stirling. If you have concerns or questions, we want to hear from you. The panel will be hosted by Alyson, Vice President Communities and includes the Union's Sustainability Development Coordinator and Sustainability Officer and the University's Senior Deputy Vice Principal, Grounds Manager, and Head of Estates & Campus Services. Wednesday 10th Nov at 7pm on Teams - Sustainability Forum Meeting Link
- Welcome all attendees, safe space and meeting guidelines
- Introduction of panel members
- Open question & answer session
- Summary and highlighting up-and-coming events and actions
Questions can be asked in the chat or through unmuting (through invite from the chair). This session will be chaired by Alyson the VP Communities.
Inzievar Forest Management Session – The Environmental Enterprises Society and Students' Union will be offering 12 places for students to have a chance to learn about sustainable forest management and help start an artificial beaver dam to restore a wetland habitat. This is a whole day event, giving an in-depth dive about maintaining woodlands for biodiversity, education, and recreation. Sign up by emailing our Sustainability Coordinator at Johannes.email@example.com
Takes place on Thursday 11th of November.
Climate Fresk – Based on the work of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Climate Fresk is a fun collaborative workshop for collectively understanding the complexity of climate change and the importance of action. With 42 cards the IPCC report is broken down to a game-like workshop. It is a group-based learning experience developed by Climate Fresk (https://climatefresk.org/) – spreading climate education around the world. These workshops will run from Thurs 4th - Fri 12th Nov at various times. Venue will be announced soon. Register to attend: Climate Fresk Form
Union Carbon Footprint
We're proud to say we were the first UK Carbon Neutral Students' Union and have continued that status for the past year too. In fact, this year we've managed to take it further and offset our emissions at a 2:1 ratio. Find out more about our Carbon Neutral status: Carbon Neutral.