UCC students and researchers to attend crucial COP27 talks
UCC is Ireland’s only university with official observer status at COP27
University College Cork (UCC), as the only Irish university with official observer status at the United Nations COP27 conference, is sending a delegation of researchers and students to the upcoming global summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
COP27 (November 7-18) will bring together nations that have signed and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, or the Paris Agreement to assess global efforts to limit the levels of global warming and climate change.
Professor in Sustainable Energy and Energy Systems Modelling
UCC and MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine
UCC’s School of Engineering and MaREI
Included in the delegation is Natasha Sutton, an undergraduate from UCC’s School of Law and the UCC Students’ Union Environmental & Sustainability Representative. She said:
“I believe it is incredibly important that young people be at the forefront of discussions around climate destruction etc. UCC are sending a very young delegation which reflects on the fact that they will be affected by climate change in years to come – and are already affected.
“My expectations of COP are that hopefully the seeds can be sown for a more global community effort in achieving the SDG’s and alleviating to some respect the damage done. It is my expectation that a wide variety of voices will be listened to and their opinions acted on.
“I hope to immerse myself in COP as much as possible. I look forward to meeting people of different backgrounds, interests etc. and collaborating towards a sustainable future,” she said.
Wishing the delegation well ahead of their attendance at COP27, UCC President John O’Halloran said:
“It is imperative that universities are central to the discussions on our planet’s future, and there is an onus on us to demonstrate how we can lead the way on tackling climate change. Our UCC Futures programme of research, together with our practice-focussed award winning green campus, has singled out Sustainability as an area of strategic importance, and we are working on creative, innovative, and inter-disciplinary solutions to the greatest challenge facing us all.”
The UCC delegation also consists of experts in carbon emissions & budgets, transport, societal change, sustainable cities, air & water pollution & energy efficiency. Follow the UCC delegation in Egypt at #UCCatCOP27