COP Hack: Student Engagement

May. 12, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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Explore how the international community negotiates and navigates climate change action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Hear perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, climate justice movements, and the Global South. Learn concepts and theories from research in political ecology, ecofeminism and environmental sociology on the COP process and the climate crisis.

Open to high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students alike. Everyone is affected, so everyone is invited.


1:00 p.m. Introductions
1:15 p.m. Malaika Collette: Student engagement with COP
1:30 p.m. Sourayan Mookerjea: Indigenous, Global South and Eco-feminist Perspectives on COP
2:00 p.m. Breakout Rooms (topics available when registering)
2:45 p.m. General Assembly

About the speakers

Malaika Collette (she/her) is an 18 year old climate activist from Ontario, Canada. She has organized and lobbied governments and other levels of power at the municipal, national and international level. Most prominently she played a key role in organizing Mock COP26, an international youth run virtual conference that had 330 youth participate from 130 countries to fill the void of COP26 being postponed. She will share her experience and her takeaways for other students wanting to take action on climate change.

Sourayan Mookerjea is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Intermedia Research Studio. His efforts as a researcher have focused on intermedia and decolonizing social theory. As co-lead of Feminist Energy Futures, he addresses how nonrenewable energy markets disproportionately affect men and women. He has investigated how co-operatives, such as those that have allowed illiterate Dalit women farmers to thrive, can aid in managing the economic impacts of the oil & gas industry. He has also developed a feminist energy transition simulation called Perfect Storm, which is used as a research and teaching tool.

Hosted by the University of Alberta's Sustainability Council, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, Speculative Energy Futures, Parkland Institute, and Energy Systems Signature Area.


After registering, visit the event website for more details on the breakout session topics and to access registrant resources.

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