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COP26 Day 9 – Gender and Science & Innovation

Gender is a key theme today at COP26, where events will address not only the ways in which women, girls and marginalised people are disproportionately impacted by climate change, but also the importance of their leadership and participation in driving solutions.

Science and Innovation will also be explored today. Technologies that can contribute to the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C will be demonstrated, illustrating how we can all live and prosper in a changed and changing climate. Events will showcase how science and innovation can deliver climate solutions to meet, and accelerate, increased ambition. 

The headline gender event of the Presidency Programme, ‘Advancing Gender Equality in Climate Action’ will showcase some of the best and brightest examples of gender equality in climate action, sending a message that the time for gender-responsive implementation is now.

‘Responding to the IPCC Report: Keeping 1.5°C Alive’ is the headline event for Science and Innovation Day with representatives from Parties, Observers and Non-State Actors coming together to discuss what is needed from the UNFCCC process, the COP outcome, and climate action over the coming years to respond to the IPCC Working Group contribution to the 6th Assessment Report and keep the 1.5°C goal within reach.

You can see the full Presidency Programme here and you can watch the events live here:

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Within the North East, many of NEECCo’s partner organisations and supporters benefit from women professors leading research programmes, managers leading environmental sustainability and directors/CEO’s pushing ESG aims within their businesses.

You can read more in our Spotlight on Women case study here.

How can you get involved?

Head to The Common Room in Newcastle to visit their opening festival, running until December 2021. Across the Festival, there will be a series of heritage and modern STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) inspired exhibitions, installations, performances and activities, including a focus on women engineers.

Attend an event – the 2021 Festival of Social Science is running a series of virtual events until 30th November. On 29th November, Durham University will host a virtual panel debate led by Dr Sherilyn MacGregor (Reader in Environmental Politics, University of Manchester) Professor Tanya Wyatt (Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University) and Sandy Ruxton and Dr Stephen Burrell (Durham University, co-authors of ‘Men’s Activism to End Violence against Women: Voices from Spain, Sweden and the UK). Climate Change and gender inequality: What are the connections and what can we do about it? will feature a panel discussion with a series of experts, exploring the gendered dynamics of the climate crisis, and how it connects to gendered forms of violence and abuse. Register your place and see the full programme of events for Festival of Social Science here Events | Festival of Social Science.

Get involved with COP26

There are lots of ways that you can get involved with COP26 and show your commitment to tackling climate change.

Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet on social media and joining others through the Count us in campaign.

Businesses from every other corner of the UK can join us in the Race to Zero. Join now and be a part of the accelerating transition to a low-carbon world.

The schools pack has lots of ways for classrooms across the country to talk about climate change and become Climate Leaders.

#OneStepGreener encourages people to take actions that have a positive impact on our environment – simple steps we can take every day to make life more sustainable. Find out how to join the #OneStepGreener Chain.

And it’s simple to join NEECCo as a supporter. Pledge your climate change commitment and help us to make the North East England’s Greenest Region.