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Durham University

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Working together to combat climate change

(25 September 2019)

From the Durham University: Tackling Climate Change event

Climate change has been described as the most serious challenge facing the world today. As a world-leading research University and a major contributor to the local and national economy, we’re working together across our whole community to tackle it.

Around the global day of action which took place on Friday 20 September, we’ve been showcasing some of our world-leading and world-changing environmental research and some of the sustainability work we’re undertaking on campus.

Five cool things about our environmental research

Have you read our Five cool things about our environmental research? We’re looking at making better use of geothermal energy, reducing waste plastic, improving food security, increasing solar efficiency and making water sustainable.

For more, take a look at our new brochure about our environmental research.

Caring for our shared environment

We’re also working to become an environmentally sustainable university. We’ve introduced strong environmental policies and procedures, are working to reduce our carbon emissions and are promoting increased awareness of environmental issues.

We’ve divested from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, signed the County Durham Single Use Plastics Pledge and we’re working with the UK Government, businesses and communities to make water more sustainable, through The Water Hub project.

Durham University: Tackling Climate Change event

We know that many of our staff and students feel strong about the consequences of climate change and so on the global day of action we ran Durham University: Tackling Climate Change, an event exploring research we’re undertaking aimed at tackling climate change and work we’re doing to reduce our own carbon footprint.

Held in our new Teaching and Learning Centre, the event featured posters, stands, visit from Durham County Council and Northumbrian Water and talks by leading researchers. Around 500 people attended.