This theme of this year's Forum will focus on climate change through the lens of intergenerational alliance
The U7+ Worldwide Student Forum 2021 offers students an exciting opportunity to connect with students globally, learn lifelong skills and make a positive impact on global challenges through this year’s programme: Climate Change: Intergenerational Conflict or Intergenerational Alliance?
Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges we collectively face, and one that disproportionately impacts the futures and hopes of young people around the world. The significance of inter-generational justice is highlighted by recent legal action in Germany and the UK where young people are taking their governments to court over climate inaction.
Alongside this year’s G7 summit in June and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November, the U7+ Worldwide Student Forum 2021 will bring student voices to the centre of creating solutions in a way that takes the interests and rights of future generations into account. Through peer-to-peer discussions, masterclasses and academic roundtables, students will gain experience in global engagement and networking, and learn useful skills to make a positive impact, such as advocacy, resilience, policy making and persuasive writing.
The U7+ Worldwide Student Forum 2021 will run from July 2021 to November 2021. All events and activities will take place online, and events will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. The organising language will be English.
Students participating will be invited to the following:
- Climate Change: Intergenerational Conflict or Intergenerational Alliance official welcome event on 21 July 2021, 2:00-3:15pm BST (British Summer Time). The event will include a student discussion moderated by UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe) Dr Uta Staiger, audience polling, the allocation of questions/teams across institutions, an outline of intended outputs and next steps.
- Two student-led group meetings in August and September.
- Closing event in 3 November 2021, which will include keynote speeches and a presentation by student groups.
In addition, students are recommended to attend the following public academic roundtables and masterclasses with world leading experts. All events are free to attend for students nominated by U7+ universities.
- Sustainability as Cultural Practice: Verbal and Visual Art, History and the Environmental Humanities, a series of four roundtables organised by the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme, in collaboration with the British School at Rome and the British Embassy in Italy – 2 to 19 July 2021.
- Masterclasses: “Engaging with policy makers” by Dr Carla Washbourne on 13 September 2-3pm (BST); “Responsibility and resilience for an uncertain future” by Dr Thomas Kador on 21 September 2-3pm (BST); and “Climate justice paradigm” by Ashish Ghadiali on 28 September 2-3pm (BST).
On behalf of the U7+ Alliance, the Forum will be co-presented by UCL, Northwestern University and the U7+ Student Leaders Group.
Are you a student delegate participating in the Forum or interested in following along with its activities? Join in the conversation using #U7StudentForum2021.