Earlier this week, Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to host the COP26 seminar ‘Achieving Climate Justice’ a major event featuring some of the world’s most eminent scientists and influencers. In addition, renowned director and cinematographer, Ali Tabrizi, presented his astonishing documentary - Seaspiracy - and led a 'fireside chat' during the event.
The event was organised by Shooka Bidarian, broadcaster and environmentalist and recent recipient of the Green Ring Award , who led the discussion on behalf of the Climate Reality Project. The partly in-person event included eminent invited speakers from all over the globe, some engaging virtually, to present and debate Climate Justice and the differential impact of global warming and climate change. The focus was on the impact on sections of the world's population who are already disadvantaged and how efforts to combat this might address or exaggerate their problems.
Questions centred on how we can we ensure a 'Just Transition' to net zero emissions which will benefit everyone.
The invited audience included Glasgow Kelvin College students, staff and pupils from several of the College’s partner schools in the community who posed some complex and probing questions to the panel of environmental experts.
The panel included Professor Katharine Hayhoe - Texas Tech University, Professor Mark Maslin - University College London (UCL), Professor Amir AghaKouchak - University of California. In addition, speakers from the Climate Reality Project included Ethan Spaner, Mark Chivers - UK Coordinator, Amanda Rodriguez - International programs coordinator, Natalia Lever - Mexico and Latin America Branch Manager, Gloria Bulbus - South African Coordinator and former Green Ring Award winner, and Rituraj Phukan - Climate Reality Leader and Mentor.
With its ethos and values firmly rooted in its communities, the College is acutely aware of the need for a ‘Just Transition’ and was honoured to host the Climate Reality Project seminar and the Climate Café Hub at this important time for Glasgow and the world.
As the first Scottish college to sign up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agreement, Glasgow Kelvin prides itself in its efforts to achieve net zero and embed sustainability in all that it does. The College is thrilled this year to be a finalist in the 2021 Green Gown Awards for its bio-diverse East End Community Garden and has plans to establish a Green Skills Academy to address employer needs in an energy efficient, renewables future.