C-CHANGE Symposium ‘Empowering People for Climate Action’ Informing Climate Dialogues and COP26

June 2, 2021 3:00 pm

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The C-CHANGE symposium entitled ‘Empowering People for Climate Action’ will present findings from the Environmental Protection Agency-funded project ‘Connecting People to Climate Change Action: Longitudinal Analysis for Informing Participatory Frameworks in the National Dialogue on Climate Action (C-CHANGE)’.

The C-CHANGE project, which aims to give everyone a voice in climate action, is based at the MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate & Marine and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. The project team is led by Dr Marguerite Nyhan, Dr Barry O’Dwyer and Dr Yairen Jerez Columbié.

This event will feature expert speakers and panelists from University College Cork, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Irish Government’s Department of Environment, Climate & Communications.

Speakers & Panelists

Dr Marguerite Nyhan – MaREI, ERI & University College Cork

Dr Barry O’Dwyer – MaREI, ERI & University College Cork

Dr Yairen Jerez Columbié – MaREI, ERI & University College Cork

Dr Robert Mooney – Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications

Dr Margaret Desmond – Environmental Protection Agency

Dr Ger Mullally – MaREI, ERI & University College Cork

Dr Clare Watson – MaREI, ERI & University College Cork


In recent years, concern over the impacts of climate change has risen in the public sphere, with global and national calls for emission abatement along with the need for increasing public participation and climate empowerment to co-develop effective, fair and just policies for climate action. An improved Action for Climate Empowerment agenda is expected to be adopted at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 in Glasgow in 2021, which builds upon the Doha Work Programme on Action for Climate Empowerment.

The C-CHANGE project and this webinar will provide guidance and solutions for facilitating inclusive public participation in environmental and climate dialogues in Ireland while also informing COP26.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event.

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