It’s down to all of us to tackle climate change and halt environmental damage.
These issues are as individual as they are universal, as local as they are global, and from cycling to work to cutting energy use, pioneering the latest green technology to protecting local wildlife, UEA’s Climate Stars are doing their bit.
If you've taken that extra step to help protect our planet, whatever it might be, then you too could be a Climate Star. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elise Allély-Fermé, Environmental Sciences graduate and co-founder of Youth Engaged in Wetlands"Youth Engaged in Wetlands is a youth-led volunteer network dedicated to the conservation and wise use of wetlands around the world. Our core team is composed of 12 volunteers from around the world and our mission is to give young people a platform to connect with each other whilst empowering them to help protect wetlands around world. Wetlands have some of the largest stores of carbon on the planet, which makes their protection, conservation and restoration a key nature-based solution for climate change, and yet wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests.
"My time at UEA was critical in shaping the way that I work and think about the world today. I'm proud to be a UEA alumni, especially given the outstanding work that the University does in terms of climate change research."
Dr Sarah Eglington, PIPS Coordinator in the Graduate School Office"I'm passionate about environmental issues and always try to do my bit to combat climate change. The biggest change I've made is having solar panels installed on my roof and I always cycle whenever possible – I even manage to do my weekly supermarket shop on the bike. I try to set an example for my nine-year-old son and show him we don't need to get in the car to go everywhere.
"I have had an allotment for over 15 years and grow almost all my own food. I'm vegetarian so my food miles are very low. I try to buy mainly secondhand clothes and household items, to reduce my carbon footprint and to cut down on things going to landfill and I have recently looked to make my banking more sustainable. I’ve moved to an ethical bank that doesn't invest in fossil fuels."
Scarlett Woods, International Development student, and Marcus Krumins, an Environmental Sciences student, manage UEA’s student-led hedgehog conservation teamUEA recently achieved the Silver ‘Hedgehog Friendly Campus’ award through a series of pro-hedgehog initiatives. This included installing a ‘hedgehog highway’ on campus, discussing hedgehog friendly garden improvements with private landlords and involving local residents – including Patron MP Clive Lewis – in the campaign.
“Making small efforts toward wildlife conservation at university can make a huge difference in ecosystem functions at a national and global scale,” says Scarlett. “I look forward to seeing UEA achieve the Gold award as a Hedgehog friendly campus next year.”
First year student Hanna Laniado, a finalist in the Student Political Speech Competition for her speech on the climate crisis“Climate change can’t be solved by just a few people. It’s easy to do small things to help without even trying. I have been doing things like switching my search engine to Ecosia, eating less meat, saving food that I don’t eat for later, taking shorter showers (even a few minutes will help), walking or cycling somewhere instead of driving or at least taking public transport.
"It doesn’t have to be something big if you don’t have the time but changing everyday habits to become more sustainable does help. I have also started typing the words ‘eco-friendly’ before I search for something that I need to buy rather than just buying products that will be damaging to the environment in many ways.”
Buba Joof, Rural Development graduate (2000-01)"I am working for the GCCA+ Climate Resilient Coastal and Marine Zone Project for The Gambia. The project aims to increase the climate resilience of the coastal and marine zones of The Gambia. This includes the provision of a grant to be given to Civil Society Organizations and NGOs to implement actions that minimises the impact of climate change on vulnerable coastal communities and build resilient communities, minimize exposure and reduce vulnerability."