Liverpool Hope University is heading to the COP26 climate change conference this week - and here’s how you can get involved.
The ‘Conference of the Parties’ summit is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended by all of the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Running from November 1st to the 12th, the event will see world leaders setting-out goals for ending their contribution to climate change.
And due to an increase in demand, Hope will now be providing two free coaches to take staff and students to the day of marches and demonstrations on Saturday November 6th.
If you want to join the likes of activist Greta Thunberg, who will be on the demonstration, as part of the campaign to pressure world leaders into really delivering on their promises of climate justice, now is your chance.
Any student/staff member wishing to book a place on one of the buses must email firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'COP26 in the subject line and their name, student number, subject and course level.
Staff members should follow the above with their name and Department/school/service area.
What’s more, Wednesday 3rd November will also see a banner and placard building event organised by the Hope Students’ Union. It takes place on Weds, 5pm, and you should meet at the SU offices. For full details of that, check out the Hope SU on their Instagram page @liverpoolhopesu.
The free coaches are being provided thanks to Hope’s School of Social Sciences. The buses will take people from Liverpool to Glasgow, and then back again.
Professor Michael Lavalette, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, explains: “Due to strong demand, we will now be providing two free coaches so that staff and students can travel from Liverpool to Glasgow for these crucial COP26 marches and demonstrations. And from a personal perspective, I’m delighted that the Hope community is getting engaged with this issue.
“This is arguably the most important COP since the 2015 Paris Agreement was first adopted - a real make-or-break year to confront what is now a global climate emergency.
“As COP26 hosts, the eyes of the world will be on the UK, as the planet examines our own promises, and contributions, to limiting global warming.
“And if you want to have your say on the world’s most pressing problem, I’d urge you to get involved with the demo and make your feelings known.”
Stressing the importance of the demo, Professor Lavalette adds: “Our planet is on fire! And the root cause is how our societies abuse and exploit nature, destroy our ecosystems and churn out climate destroying greenhouse gases.
“The best time to act to save our planet and our way of life was probably 40 years ago, but the second best time is today.
"Every day, every week and every month we delay taking action, we make the impact of climate change worse. If COP26 fails to deliver it will have dramatic and traumatic effects on human life.”
The coaches are open to any LHU student, or staff member.
The bus will leave at 7am on Saturday 6 November from Hope Park, arriving in Glasgow for the march’s start at 12 noon in Kelvingrove Park, in the West End of the city.
And then the coach will leave from Glasgow Green - the rally end point - at 5.30pm for the return to Liverpool, with an estimated arrival time of 10pm back at Hope Park.
Any queries should be directed to Michael Lavalette on email@example.com, but coach bookings can only be taken via the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
** Please note: The bus is free to students and staff. BUT any student who books a place, by following steps outlined above, and then fails to turn up on the day, will be charged £30 - the cost of each seat. The cost will be billed to them via student finance. Staff will similarly be sent a £30 bill if they book, but fail to attend.