Examples of activities (for students)

There are many kinds of activities you may want to organise for Global Climate Change Week, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Divestment campaigns – Has your university divested their funds from fossil fuel intensive investments? If not start a divestment campaign urging them to do so. 350.org provides support to students running divestment campaigns. For examples of divestment events that universities organised for GCCW last year, see this one from the University of New South Wales and this one from the University of East Anglia.

Public events – Organising a public event, such as a panel discussion, a round table or a talk by a prominent person, can really help to raise awareness of climate change issues in your area. You could contact local academics and other experts, politicians, community leaders, and celebrities to see if they are willing to speak at your event. For examples of panel discussions universities organised for GCCW last year, see this one the University of California Berkeley, and this one from University College London.

Skill shares – Get a group of activists and campaigners together to share skills with other students. This will help to build the capacity of the student body at your university, and can help boost morale too! For some guidelines see here.

Petitions – Signing a petition is an excellent way for you to get your voice heard on topics that matter. The Global Call for Climate Action lists a variety of petition covering various issues relating to climate change, making it easy for you to get involved. Starting your own petition is also a way to amplify your own voice and bring community concerns to bear on decision-makers such as governments, businesses and other organisations.

Movie nights – We all like to hang out with friends, so why not get a group together and watch something about climate change? Usually it’s easy to book a room at your campus, and there are plenty of films out there to choose from (e.g. The Wisdom to Survive, This Changes Everything, Disruption, and Merchants of Doubt).

For more ideas see the examples of GCCW activities from 2015 in the links given in the GCCW 2015 Report or the activities registered last year on the GCCW 2015 map.