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COP28 and Devon

  • by JW

From the universities to local groups, the county responds to the current challenges to the climate…


The Devon universities will be at COP28.

The University of Exeter’s GreenFutures “will play a significant role at COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12”:

Time is almost up to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The University’s work at COP28 includes a vital reality check from the Global Carbon Budget, risks and opportunities presented in the Global Tipping Points Report and harnessing the power of poetry through We Are The Possible. The University is renowned for its environmental research and education, and is home many of the world’s leading climate scientists. We now have more than 1,500 people working on the environment and climate emergency, and recently launched a new business support initiative called Green Futures Solutions. Exeter’s work at COP28 includes…

And the University of Plymouth will also be sending a delegation, as their contribution to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28):

A team from the University of Plymouth is attending the United Nations Climate Conference – better known as COP28 – in Dubai, this week. Attendees, including politicians and scientists from all over the world, will have the opportunity to meet leading researchers and experts in the fields of offshore renewable energy, ocean science, plastics and more. The University is working with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean, and can be found at Stand 9 in the Education, Science and Technology Zone, at Expo City. Further details about the exhibit and events during the conference can be found on our exhibit page

Meanwhile the government has pledged to boost Britain’s access to nature ahead of COP28, “with measures to improve access to green space and connect the public with the natural world” – including in this part of the world: 

A new plan to recover England’s temperate rainforests – backed by £750,000 of Research & Development funding to improve resilience, management and protection of our unique temperate rainforests in England found in Cornwall, Devon and Cumbria.

The county council has just launched its Climate Adaptation Strategy, to help the region prepare for a warmer world:

To respond effectively to the climate crises, it is vital that strategies are put in place to deal with both the cause of rising greenhouse gases and their effect on our communities, also called mitigation and adaptation respectively. Mitigation focuses on tackling the causes of climate change to make the inevitable impacts of rising global temperatures less severe by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Whereas adaptation is the process of adjusting to the negative impacts and opportunities of climate change that we are already seeing and can be expected in the future. 

In the Sid Valley, the Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth has just put out its CAPS December Newsletter.

Whilst the Sidmouth Herald is reporting that King Charles tells Cop28 that countries are ‘dreadfully far off’ achieving climate goals; and that Sunak wraps up his 11-hour Cop28 trip with a new deal for a UK wind farm. Clearly the Sid Valley’s local paper considers this important enough to cover.

To finish with Exeter University, it has put together a light show of facts and feelings on our planet at The Climate Wall – which has been challenging how we tackle climate change:

An interactive light projection “The Climate Wall” will be on show at the University of Exeter’s campuses this month. The art installation represents a moment of reflection in the lead up to COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the world will take stock of its progress on the Paris Agreement and discuss the future.