Dr Jess Savage, Assistant Professor in the Global Sustainable Development Department and Deputy Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies will attend COP26, the UN Climate Change summit, later this month. Jess is one of several academics and experts from the University of Warwick who have been selected to attend COP26.
“For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civil society, trade unions, faith groups and Indigenous Peoples to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The challenge is not insignificant, but we must step up and work together to save the environment we all live in. The UN Climate Change process is central to that collective action.” (ukcop26.org)
Jess will be representing our community and the University in an official capacity, attending sessions, engaging with the negotiating parties and networking with other attendees. Jess will be attending the Green Zone, a space managed by the UK Government where there will be plentiful opportunities to listen, learn, and celebrate climate action. She will also have access to the Blue Zone, a UN-managed space which will host the negotiations. Only delegates from the 197 Parties and observer organisations can access this Zone.
About Dr Jess Savage
Jess' research and teaching interests center on understanding biodiversity loss, exploring the consequences and impacts of climate and environmental change while critically integrating the ‘human element’. Jess has a PhD in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology from the University of Plymouth, and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Southampton. Her doctoral work explored the design of Marine Protected Areas in coastal Cambodia. Prior to joining Warwick in 2017, she taught Tropical Coastal Ecology at The School for Field Studies in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
“Being an observer at COP26 offers a unique opportunity to experience how the global community responds to challenges such as Climate Change. I hope to witness a change in the tide of our current approaches to managing Climate Change. Moreover, I look forward to both the opportunity to share the work of Warwick’s staff and students with a global audience, and to bringing back lessons from COP26 to enrich our students' learning.”
Dr Jess Savage | Official delegate at COP26