Cambridge Conversations: Taking action post-COP26

Cambridge Conversations: Taking action post-COP26

Cambridge Conversations: Taking action post-COP26

event Thursday, November 18, 2021 schedule 12.30pm - 1.20pm GMT
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event Thursday, November 18, 2021 schedule 12.30pm - 1.20pm GMT
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Join the Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope, Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, Clare Shine, CEO & Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and current student James Miller (Pembroke) following the Glasgow negotiations. They will discuss notable developments — whether COP26 has set a decisive pathway for achieving net-zero — and if we are now in a position to take forward coordinated climate action.

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Professor Stephen J Toope (Trinity 1983)

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope OC, LL.D. is 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

Professor Toope publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world.

His current book project with Professor Jutta Brunnée explores mechanisms and processes fostering stability and change in international law.

Emily Shuckburgh OBE (Trinity 1994 and Fellow of Darwin)

Emily Shuckburgh

Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and mathematician based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She leads the national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate, is deputy head of the Polar Oceans team and leads the data science group at BAS. She holds a number of positions at the University (Fellow of Darwin College, Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy). In the past she has worked at l'Ecole normale supérieure in Paris and at MIT.

Emily is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their climate science communications group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper, of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Clare Shine

Clare Shine

Clare Shine was appointed Director and CEO of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in April 2021. She joins CISL after nine years as Vice President and Chief Program Officer at Salzburg Global Seminar, an international non-profit founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a creative, just and sustainable world.

At Salzburg Global, Clare was responsible for strategy, design, execution and impact of multi-year programs, partnerships and networks. She focused the program portfolio on systems transformation and embedded the Sustainable Development Goals across all activities, working with diverse intergenerational teams and Fellows from nearly 180 countries. Under her leadership, Salzburg Global built collaborative alliances linking research, policy, business and entrepreneurial practice and launched a series of cross-border networks for bottom-up innovation.

Clare has over 30 years’ experience at the nexus of sustainable development, organisational change and culture. From 1990-2011, she worked from Paris as an independent environmental lawyer and policy adviser for intergovernmental bodies, governments, business and NGOs, focusing on biodiversity, climate change, coastal and marine systems, public health, governance, trade, equity and rights, and conflict transformation. She played an influential role in the evolution of regional and global policy frameworks and led multi-sector capacity-building around the world.

Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas, and a professional facilitator and mediator. She began her career in industry, working in the media and publishing sector. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

James Miller (Pembroke 2020)

James Miller Headshot

James Miller is a 19-year-old environmental activist, filmmaker and presenter, currently studying Natural Sciences at Pembroke College. He started making short films about climate and biodiversity at the age of 13, and since then his efforts to put these issues on the political agenda have taken him everywhere from Channel 4 News to the inside of 10 Downing Street. In the last year, he has coordinated several initiatives of his own, including an online concert featuring Olivia Rodrigo to raise money for conservation, and the installation of the Glasgow Climate Clock ahead of COP26.

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