The International Universities Climate Alliance has launched #ClimateTalks Global Festival, an ambitious, accessible student engagement program that spans the globe. From 21 September – 1 October 2021, the festival will bring together experts from various disciplines and participants with diverse lived experience.
The festival offers two weeks of virtual events staggered across time zones, giving participants an opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss vital work and guide real action to address climate change on a worldwide scale. New research will be shared and there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions in live discussions.
Students who register for the entire festival will receive a certificate of attendance that educators may use for credit in courses or assignments.
As part of the festival, there is also an opportunity to participate in the 2021 #ClimateTalks Global Hackathon. The Hackathon which has been designed by UNSW Sydney’s Founders Program and UNSW School of Art & Design, will address ‘Positive Communication for Climate Change’. Educators and student societies can register to run their own hackathon which will culminate with submission of a short video of their students’ best ideas. Student organisations interested in networking and collaborating with the Climate Alliance are invited to join as Climate Alliance Ambassadors.
Hackathon participants will be asked to propose an idea for communicating climate change to a specific audience to encourage action. All entries must adhere to circular economy principles. A shortlist of students with the most innovative concepts will be invited to present their ideas in a dedicated virtual event coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
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