Climate action in Higher Education
Following COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 we brought together students, staff and policy makers in the UK and the Netherlands for an international panel discussion on Wednesday 09 March 2022 at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The event served as an opening to the dialogue between Dutch and British Higher Education institutes on climate action and how the higher education field can turn its ambitions into reality. We heard perspectives from the UK and the Netherlands. Students, young professionals, climate activists and Higher Education institutes shared their views and perspectives in an interactive panel discussion. The below questions were addressed:
- How can students, staff, and policy makers practically and adequately approach the problem of climate change?
- What are the barriers that prevent institutions from acting meaningfully and swiftly, and how can these be overcome?
- How can higher education institutions (HEIs) successfully incorporate the SDGs into their programmes to prepare their students for the future and contribute to the fight against climate change?
Watch the recording on the livestream on the TivoliVredenburg YouTube channel.
The panel featured the following expert speakers from the UK and the Netherlands:
- Dr Ria Dunkley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Sustainability at the University of Glasgow and Climate Ambassador during COP26
- Tim van Hattum, Programme Leader Green Climate Solutions at Wageningen University and Research
- René van Hell, Director for Inclusive Green Growth, Ambassador for Sustainable Development and Arctic Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
- Jouja Maamri, Director of Climate Philanthropy at Impatience Earth and UK Delegate to the G7 Youth Summit
- Tiffanie Septier, Executive Board Member Students for Tomorrow (Studenten voor Morgen)
- Josh Tregale, Climate activist and Coordinator Mock COP26
- Sofie de Wit, Junior Policy Officer – Department of Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
The interactive panel discussion was moderated by Aniek Moonen, Chair Dutch Youth Climate Movement (Jonge Klimaatbeweging)
Programme - Wednesday 09 March 2022
14:00 - 14:05 Opening by moderator
14:05 - 14:10 Video message by Sandor Gaastra, Director General Climate and Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
14:10 - 14:45 Interactive session with four speakers
14:45 - 15:15 Networking break
15:15 - 15:55 Panel discussion and Q&A
15:55 - 16:00 Thank you and close
The panel discussion is a partnership between the British Council Netherlands, British Embassy The Hague and TivoliVredenburg. It is part of the British Council Climate Connection. The Climate Connection provides new opportunities for young people, policymakers, artists, scientists, early career researchers, teachers, students and academics and business and community leaders across our global network to find creative and collaborative solutions to climate change. Young people are at the centre of this collaborative approach, as we support them to gain the skills and networks to participate in meaningful dialogue and bring about real change for our planet.