Examples of activities

GCCW activities for academics

Types of activities include:

  • University-based education activities (including academics altering their programs to coordinate their teaching on some aspect of climate change during GCCW)
  • Research activities (such as conferences and workshops on climate change)
  • Education activities beyond the university (such as talks to schools and community groups on climate change)
  • Media outreach
  • Online activities (such as discussion groups, forums, social media, online Q&A sessions, podcasts)
  • Campaigns (including petitions, consumer boycotts, demonstrations)
  • Art and cultural activities (such as performances, installations, music, satire/humour)

For some specific examples of activities carried out during GCCW in previous years see hereherehere, and here.

GCCW 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 have organised for GCCW see this one from the University of New South Wales, this one from the University of East Anglia, and this one from the University of Wollongong.

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 in previous years see this one from North Western University (South Africa), this one the University of California Berkeley, this one from University College London, and this one from the University of Wollongong.

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 SurviveThis Changes EverythingDisruption, and Merchants of Doubt).

For more examples of activities carried out during GCCW in previous years see hereherehere, and here.