Monday 13-07-2015 - 17:28
World leaders will come together to negotiate a global agreement on the climate this winter. We need them to take bold action. Can you help?
The UN climate talks (COP) in Paris later this year offer a great opportunity to build international collaboration on climate action. It's essential that we make sure our leaders show leadership, keeping us below 2 degrees of warming. Can you help organise students in your region?
What is COP?
COP stands for Conference Of the Parties. This basically means a meeting of all nations involved in the climate change negotiation process. The specific meeting this December is the 21st meeting in this process – so as shorthand this conference is known as COP21.
At COP21, world leaders will meet with the intention of agreeing a legally binding and universal agreement on climate for the first time ever.
Our government can take a global lead in these negotiations and we are looking to all our new MPs to show leadership on climate action for the entire time they represent us in Parliament – but there’s a lot of pressure for them to keep the status quo.
They will only take bold steps if they know they have our support.
How can you help?
We're looking for a students' union from each region of the UK to take a lead on all things COP21-related in the next 5 months.
In a voluntary capacity, you would be contacting other unions in your locality and supporting them on how to mobilise their students in lead up to Paris. Ideally, we’d like to have a student officer and staff double-act to lead on this, and all support would be provided.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help organise students in your region.