Our world is precious and finite. It’s ‘the’ time to inspire hope. It’s time for us to make our stand, to take responsibility, to take action; together. For our county, our country, our nation, our planet... for our future.
It’s time for progress, for a change in behaviours and a shift in our culture. We are ‘generation now’ and ready to take action for the generations to come. It’s the little acts we do together that can lead to massive changes. This Youth Climate Change Programme, its people, its projects and its workshops are set to ignite the nation into action.
It’s time to change history, and ‘they’ will say it started... here, in UEA.
2019 was the second warmest year on record
NASA data show that average global temperatures in 2019 were 1.8 degrees F (0.98 degrees C) warmer than the 20th century average. In fact, the five warmest years in the 1880–2019 record have all occurred since 2015.
UEA researchers have been at the forefront of pioneering climate research for the past 50 years. Now we are in a critical decade in the fight against climate change, and at UEA we're ushering in a climate of change. We’re bringing together world-renowned academics, enterprising graduates, and inspiring young people to help tackle the biggest challenge facing humanity today.
COP (which stands for Conference of the Parties) is an annual global climate event, organised by the United Nations and attended by political leaders from around the world. It can lead to real change. The Paris Agreement, a binding international treaty to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, was adopted at COP21 in 2015.
This year’s event is the 26th meeting, hence COP26. It takes place in November 2021 in Glasgow.
In early 2020, the WMO issued a report stating, “time is fast running out for us to avert the worst impacts of climate disruption”. And although our researchers charted a dip in emissions due to lockdown in 2020, emissions are on the rise again and the level of CO2 in the atmosphere continues to increase.
Originally intended to take place in November 2020, but postponed due to the COVID pandemic, COP26 is now more important than ever. Time is running out for binding commitments to take effect.
One year on, and with one of the world’s leading carbon emitters signed back up to the Paris Agreement, the world will be watching when COP finally takes place later this year.