Climate change 2021: If we don’t act now, it will be too late.

Howdy, I hope everyone is enjoying their reading week so far. Admin Audrey went to the Lake District for a four-day residential! Hiking up and down the hills made me ponder about our relationships with nature.

It is the time to act. On 31 October – 12 November 2021, The UK has been hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

UCL PALS has been actively responding to the call. We’re proudly recognised by UCL as the greenest department (8 years in a row and working hard to make that 9!) and we’re on a mission to improve the impact of UCL’s estate, build community and further research. At UCL’s 2021 #UCLSusAwards Ceremony, we won gold in the Green Impact Award categories and LEAF lab awards.

However, we are not sure about green awareness among the student communities. Can you name one initiative taken by UCL PALS? What’s your daily green practice? Comment below!

PALS Green Awards 2021

11 thoughts on “Climate change 2021: If we don’t act now, it will be too late.

    • Admin Audrey

      As far as I know, there was a Walking to the Moon initiative that encourages people to take more steps! I have my own reusable coffee cup and straws :))!

    • Author gravatar

      I don’t think I know any of the actions taken by UCL pals in particular. But as myself, when I order takeaways, I always make sure that I do not ask for one-time foxes or other cutleries.

    • Author gravatar

      climate change is SUCH a real thing and it’s so important that more people are aware of what is going on in the world we live in. i definitely wish i did more for climate change, but so far i’ve been a pescatarian for 2 years + take my notes online rather than on paper. i’ve just recently gotten a reusable coffee cup to get coffee with!

    • silverwolf7850

      I don’t really know much about the actions taken by UCL, but I personally tend to fill my water bottle instead of using plastic bottles and I always make sure that I recycle things that are recyclable.

    • moo28

      im not sure what actions UCL PALS has taken in particular, but i have a reusable water bottle that i refill, i have a reusable coffee cup that i use when ordering drinks and take notes online to reduce my paper usage. in addition, i try to limit my single use plastic in general

    • Author gravatar

      The more convenient we make being environmentally friendly, the more likely we are to engage in green behaviour! Easy tips are always carrying around a shopping bag to avoid buying new ones at the store, taking a reusable water bottle to campus, and bringing around your own snacks to limit buying ones wrapped around in layers of plastic at stores!

    • zcjtoon

      I personally don’t know about any of PALS initiatives. I like to contribute by only using my reusable water bottle.

    • sssssatoshi

      Actually I have no idea what UCL pals do for the environment, but I walk to my destination if the distance is not that far.

    • duck

      Climate change is an issue really important to me. I don’t know what the UCL PALS department has done in particular however I personally am vegan and try to use reusable containers/bags, and walk/take the tube instead of taking the car when I can.

    • Author gravatar

      I think a lot of people ignore discussion about climate change as they are stuck in their ways and don’t want to change their habits e.g. not eating meat, reducing plastic waste, but once you accept the fact that you are contributing to the effects of climate change you can start to make small changes which help.

    • thd88

      I think easy things we can do daily can be as simple as carrying your own bag to the shop, using reusable bottles when you go to the cafe, not using single-use cutlery when ordering food, and considering walking rather than taking the car! 🙂

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