COP21 U of T Student Delegation Applications Now Open!
** If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please read the attached information and submit the application form, which can be accessed here, to David Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org by FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015.**
From November 30 to December 11, 2015, nations from across the world will meet in Paris at the 21st annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to negotiate a new global climate change treaty. This agreement will set the course for international action on climate change post-2020, when the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires.
Alongside youth from across the world, the University of Toronto will be sending a delegation to participate as observers at the Paris negotiations. The objectives of this delegation to Paris will be to:
- Engage the UofT community in issues surrounding climate change, before, during and after the conference
- Report on the negotiations using a variety of media to provide an accessible update to the U of T community, in particular, and Canadians, in general
- Network with other groups, including youth groups, aboriginal groups, small island and developing states, and other delegations from Canada.
- Provide an opportunity for students to conduct academic work, either through an independent research course, or as an assignment for a course that a student is taking at U of T in the fall term of 2015 or winter term 2016 (students interested in this should get agreement with relevant professors well in advance of departure)
In order for student delegates to experience meaningful engagement at the conference, each will chose a specific issue or issues on which to focus attention before, at and after the conference.
In addition to the student delegates going to Paris, the initiative will have roles for students here at UofT. This Campus Delegation is the link between the delegation in Paris and the larger UofT community. The role of this group is to provide on-the-ground leadership before and during the Paris conference. The Campus Delegation will be in regular contact with the students in Paris to provide support (through research, media, campus outreach and mobilization of students). Students who are not able to go to Paris, or who are not selected to be part of the delegation to Paris are encouraged to join the Campus Delegation.