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Durham University COP26 event series ‘STEAM for action on climate empowerment’ will begin Tuesday 27 April with lecture on landmark Australian climate court ruling.

Posted on 27 April 2021

Durham University COP26 event series ‘STEAM for action on climate empowerment’ will begin Tuesday 27 April with lecture on landmark Australian climate court ruling.
Durham University COP26 Event Series: Sharing Climate Change Research and Knowledge

About this Event

Durham University COP26 Event Series:

‘STEAM for ACE’

This event series of Durham University brings together Sciences (Natural and Social Sciences), Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) for Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE).

Action for Climate Empowerment is a term that was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for work under Article 6 of the Convention (1992) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement (2015). The aim of ACE is ‘to empower all members of society to engage in climate action, through education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these issues.’ All focus areas are crucial in addressing the global climate emergency. Sharing research and knowledge is at the heart of understanding and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

The over-arching goal of the event series is to integrate climate change into our action, research and education across the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. The events will showcase the work that is already undertaken across and beyond the five themes of the UK COP26 Presidency. In May, the IHRR and DUBS will cover aspects of Climate Finance. The DEI will address Energy solutions and road transport in June. September is dedicated to Adaptation and Resilience covered by the Department of Law and Global Policy Institute, and October explores the theme of Nature, Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions with the Department of Engineering.

Judge Brian J Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court, New South Wales, Australia. Justice Preston is Australia's leading environmental law judge and delivered the landmark ruling in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning that a coal mine development should be blocked in part because of its potential impact on climate change. He advocates that there is an obligation to follow the lead of "climate-conscious" practitioners and "help repair a wounded planet".

In his lecture, Justice Preston will speak on: "The Influence of the Paris Agreement on Climate Litigation: The Rocky Hill Mine Case Study"

Introduction to the Online Event Series

27 April 2021

10.15 – 10.20 Opening, Dr Petra Minnerop, Durham Law School

10.20 – 10.30 Welcome, Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)

10.30 – 10.35 Professor Karen Johnson, Department of Engineering, Sustainable Development Goals

10.35 – 10.40 Professor Julian Williams, Executive Director Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience

10.40 – 10.45 Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director Durham Energy Institute

10.45 – 10.50 Simon Park, Senior Energy & Sustainability Manager, Estates & Facilities Directorate

10.50 – 11.00 William Turnbull & Felicity Checksfield, Student Energy Durham

11.00 – 12.30 Lecture, Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia, ‘The Influence of the Paris Agreement on Climate Litigation: The Rocky Hill Mine Case Study’ followed by Q&A

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