Solving the climate change problem: mitigation, adaptation or geo-engineering?

Campus: Exeter

This theme will explore the technological and societal challenges, and environmental impacts and implications, associated with global climate change. Students will take an introductory look at policy and technological solutions available for climate change and the programme of activities will allow you to creatively explore out-of-the-box solutions, with mentoring and feedback from some of the University of Exeter’s world-leading researchers. In particular, you will consider unconventional and innovative emerging technologies such as social media, fashion, mobile apps, and geo-engineering, to mention a few possibilities, in order to create your own solutions to climate change.

This research-inspired, innovative, multi-disciplinary, enquiry-led learning experience encourages you to improve your employability, workplace and academic skills, while tackling one of the world's greatest contemporary issues. The challenge will be led by the students on it, enabling you to collaborate with peers to shape your own educational experience. You will have the opportunity to network with employers, alumni, honorary graduates, local businesses and the local community.

Check out the climate change awareness social media campaign 'It's Down To You' from some of our 2016 Climate Change students, with one video gaining over 1,500 views!

The 'Climate Change Challenge' 2017 is currently being developed by Professor Peter Cox and Dr Diego Gomez. This page will be regularly updated as activities and visiting speakers are confirmed. Don't forget to take a look at the gallery from the 2016 challenge at the bottom of the page to get an idea of what this challenge has to offer!

Enquiry groups

Enquiry groups are the subtopic of the challenge that you will focus on during the week:

Led by Dr Hywel Williams, students will design an educational app to engage primary school children with climate change. Children will help the group define the brief and judge the success of the app!  

What is the best way to build the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change? How do we ensure the growing population gets enough water, energy and food to thrive in the changing climate? Students in 2016 worked with Dr Diego Gomez.

Debunking myths surrounding climate change. Can you identify the truth and communicate it clearly and engagingly? Students will present this information in a variety of ways. Some students will design a climate change communication campaign that will go 'go viral' on Facebook or Twitter. This group will work with Dr Anna Harper, and will have an opportunity to interact with climate change experts contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Can we spend our way out of the problem? If Bill Gates gave you $100 Billion to fix the climate, how would you spend it?

Working with Exeter City Futures and using the data available in the Energy Independence 2025 Report, students will develop a model which will allow a typical family to determine the changes they would need to make to become energy independent by 2025. This enquiry group is unique in that it has the potential to create a tangible legacy. Exeter City Futures can fulfil an output’s potential and see it through until the end by making it an active project. Students will work with Kerry Deacon and Gosbert Chagula.

Flickr gallery from Climate Change 2016