Climate Action Hub

Creating a space for staff and students to connect with communities for climate action.

The Science Communication Unit’s Climate Action Hub brings together students and researchers with communities for climate action. It was set up out of a desire to harness the existing passions and entrepreneurial mindset of UWE Bristol researchers and students for collaborations focused on addressing the climate and ecological emergency, and to empower communities to act on things that matter to them.

UWE Bristol is already doing some fantastic work at addressing these issues on campus, with a Sustainability Committee and Green Team leading the way on policy and behavioural change. Researchers are working collaboratively to bid for projects on ‘a changing climate’ and there is a Network dedicated to embedding the SDGs within the curriculum.

The Climate Action Hub builds on these efforts to create a space for staff and students to connect with (local) communities for climate action specifically, and to make visible the work that is already underway. 

The Hub draws inspiration from the Science Shop model where academics apply for research grants together with community partners and/or students conduct the co-designed participatory research as part of their studies. Its first offering, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), is training and resources on climate communications, co-developed with and for young people.

The aim is to directly train 150 young people in communication skills that they can then use to have more effective conversations and develop more impactful climate action projects. It is hoped that 2,000 young people will be indirectly reached through online materials and a digital (and printed) toolkit.

To keep up to date on developments, follow the Hub on Instagram @climate.action.hub.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Sophie Laggan (Sophie.Laggan@uwe.ac.uk).