Hundreds of college students came to Teesside University to learn about climate change.
The first yearly Tees Valley Youth Climate Summit took place on campus at Teesside University and aimed to educate younger people about the affects of climate change.
Young adults came from a number of different local colleges, to learn about how climate change can be combatted, as well as learning about the role the university plays and what geological courses are on offer here.
Peter Beveridge, who is the Course Leader for the Geosciences team and a Senior Lecturer, said: “The summit was a review of the evidence for climate change, the effects of climate change and mitigating climate change.”
“We need to address climate change by promoting courses in the general area such as environmental science”
World leaders are preparing to gather in Glasgow for this year’s climate summit, COP26 next week.
Climate change has become a massive issue, particularly amongst the younger generation, who are driving forward the much needed change.
Liam Smith , a PHD student, said: “It’s great more awareness is being raised, I think a lot of students care about the environment and now is time to act.”
Harvey Peel, an Art Student said: ” We all want to do better for the planter and its good things look like there moving forward especially at the university.”
The summit is just the start for the university, as it has already announced its taking part in the Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre along side the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, as it looks to lead the way towards a greener future, something which the students definitely support.
However, Peter was keen to stress that although most young people are on board more multi-generational work is needed including with grandparents.
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