Call for applications: International Student Summit on Climate Change, July 2020, Quebec City

Invitation for undergrad and graduate students:

The first International Student Summit on Climate will take place from July 6 to 9, 2020, at Université Laval (Québec City, Canada). It will bring together some 300 students from across the world.

The summit will be an opportunity to reflect, learn and strategize on student actions related climate change. We will discuss diverse issues, including university disinvestment from fossil fuel, climate mainstreaming in university programs, research communication, student-run NGOs, the design of university campuses, the expertise needed to address climate change in 2030, access to green technologies developed by universities, etc.

More importantly, this event will be an opportunity for students to meet other climate leaders and create a global network to exchange ideas, practices and expertise. Participants will be invited to joint collaborative projects, including a student-run journal, a video series and a podcast, to help structure the network for the years to come.

Registration fees are only $100 CND. Each participant will be granted 5 nights of accommodations and most meals during the summit will be covered. Some participants will benefit from additional support to cover their transportation cost.

Since the summit’s objective is to create a network of students, meetings in person will be an important aspect of this first edition. Most activities will be highly interactive, including workshops, debates, games, simulations, visits and competitions. However, students who cannot join us in Québec City will be able to participate to a number of panels and conferences online. A working group will be created in order to think of innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the second edition, scheduled for 2022. In the meantime, Université Laval will rely on carbon offsets to make the Summit a carbon neutral event.

To submit their application, students simply have to send a short video explaining their motivations. The selection process will be crowdsourced and each video will be reviewed by 10 other applicants.

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