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Student Climate Action at Geography

Geography students and COP26

New Padlet for resources

With COP26 just around the corner, our students have helped us to create a Padlet  with useful information and resources – it includes podcasts, films, events, talks and much more.

Futures We Want Project

Current PhD student Alasdair Neilson has been working on the Futures We Want Project, a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Deloitte and DEIS. You can learn more about the project here and their policy briefs will be launched during COP26. You can follow the hashtag #FuturesWeWant to keep up to date on Twitter.


Current undergraduate Hannah Harrison volunteers with ClimaTalk, a youth-led non-profit organisation that seeks to demystify climate policy. For COP26 they will be hosting live discussion sessions from the 4th to the 12th November – you can find the timetable on their website, as we as links to all their articles and projects.

Submission for Earthrise Journal

Current undergraduate, Ros Cooper, is the Cambridge editor of the Earthrise Journal and their Autumn issue is particularly interested in content that responds to the prompt "COP26: Taking Action". Ros is looking for articles, photography, poetry, audiovisual, illustrations and more. You can find out more on their website.

Students at COP26

Karla Boxall, a current PhD student, will be attending the "Climate Risk and Tipping Points in the Polar Regions" event at COP26 on Monday 8th November, hosted at the Arctic Basecamp tent. The event is organised by Cambridge Zero, as part of the COP26 Universities Network Climate Risk Fellowships project. You can follow Karla and Cambridge Zero on Twitter at @karla_boxall and @CambridgeZero.

Current MPhil in Holocene Climates student, Qintian Yao, is also attending COP26 as a delegate of Green Zhejiang. She'll be attending during the second week and posting photos on her Instagram account – qintian.yao.

Student guide to COP26

camunigeography on Instagram

In November 2021, the UK is hosting COP26 – the most important climate conference to date.

During one week in September, a group of current Geography students – Ellie, Jules, Lucy, Ros and Tilly – worked together to produce a student guide to COP26 and used our Instagram account to share information, interviews and links to resources available online.

You can see the posts for yourself at @camunigeography on Instagram, but we've created this page to bring together all the content which Ellie and her team produced.

The Department hopes to carry the momentum from the takeover week into October and November; there will be a climate strike event on the 22nd October and during COP26 itself we plan to share content from current students and members of staff who are directly involved.

Click on the thumbnails to view the slideshow. You can use left/right to navigate through the pages.

Day 1 – Who we are and what we are hoping to achieve

Day 2 – What is COP26 and why does it matter?

What are the 4 goals set for Glasgow 2021?

Day 3 – The numbers explained

Your guide to the numbers we hear banded around in climate conversations – lots to think about and perhaps some surprises for you!

Day 4 – Goal One: Secure global net zero and keep 1.5C within reach

A mammoth topic to cover in one post – renewables, forest restoration and zero emissions transport.

Day 5 – Goal Two: Urgently adapt to protect communities and natural habitats

Goal 2 is all about adaptation and protection. How can we protect habitats in a way which also provides for the people who live there?

Day 6 – Goal Three: Mobilise Finance

COP26 is putting a big emphasis on finance, both public and private.

Day 7 – Goal Four: Work together to deliver

The final goal – is all about co-operation. Since it was delayed by COVID-19, this is the first summit since countries submitted their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in accordance with the Paris Agreement.


James is a Natural Sciences student, climate activist and key figure behind the Glasgow #climateclock. As part of the student climate takeover of our Instagram account, James talks through the thinking behind, why young people are so important in addressing the climate crisis, and why biodiversity and climate change are completely entwined and equally important.


Harvey is a second year English student, the undergrad co-chair of the Ethical Affairs Committee and key figure in the @jesusclimatejusticecampaign In this interview Harvey talks about the role of finance at COP26, what individuals can do and what it means to go beyond divestment.

Rosalind is an alumna of the Conservation Leadership MPhil (2018-19 cohort). She heads up a campaign for California's state government to make links between climate and biodiversity by being an official observer in the Convention on Biological Diversity. She also co-leads an alumni project: the Global Green Recovery Collaborative. So she was perfectly placed to talk through the links between the #biodiversity and #climate crises and why we need to be vocal in recognising and acting on them both.