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06 November 2020

Cambridge Zero Climate Festival hosted on Press platform

Cambridge University Press technology is set to bring the first ever Cambridge Zero Climate Festival to a global audience.

The Press’s early research and collaboration platform, Cambridge Open Engage, will host a series of scholarly presentations and panels as part of the virtual event, which runs from November 6-13.

It takes place at the time when the UN Climate Change Conference – postponed until next year due to the pandemic – was due to take place. The festival’s eight days of online events, both live and on demand, will cover the same five themes as the conference: Energy Transitions; Zero Carbon Transport; Finance; Adaptation & Resilience; and Nature, along with a sixth theme of Green Recovery.

All sessions are free and open to join with recordings then available to watch again on the Cambridge Open Engage platform.

The festival is a joint venture between the Press and Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge initiative that looks to harness its research capabilities in response to climate change and in support of the transition to a resilient, sustainable future. The event will highlight some of the exciting research and initiatives underway across Cambridge and beyond to show how we can all make a difference and live more sustainably.

It begins at 1pm today (Friday 6 November) with the launch of Cambridge Zero Policy Forum Report, A Blueprint for a Green Future, followed by the official launch at 4pm with guest speaker Dr. Emily Grossman. The festival will close on Friday 13th with an address from renowned British environmentalist and writer, Jonathon Porritt, the Founder Director of Forum for the Future, at 6pm.

Festival organiser and Engagement Manager at Cambridge Zero, Dr. Antoinette Nestor, said: “Climate change is a challenge that affects everyone and by highlighting the work everyone, as individuals and as part of a community, is doing to address it - no matter how small or big the contribution - it all adds up, making a difference locally and beyond. This online festival is aimed at local, national and international audiences, combining an array of public and academic events and activities. Anyone is welcome to attend.”

Hosting the festival’s academic events is the latest climate change initiative from Cambridge University Press, which won this year’s UK Independent Publishing Award for Sustainability for the combination of its world-leading publishing on climate change and sustainability and concrete actions to make its operations more sustainable.

Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic Publishing at the Press, said: “We are excited to be working with Cambridge Zero to deliver this festival, which brings together a broad community who are interested in tackling the climate crisis. We are committed to making a difference in climate and sustainability through our publishing and co-hosting this event supports our mission to share the latest research and its real-word application.

“Cambridge Open Engage will play an important role hosting content from the festival and we believe this is an excellent opportunity for researchers to interact with the widest possible audience in new ways. Please join us over the festival week to learn from the latest science and research how we can all make a difference.”

  • To learn more about the festival, see the programme and to register for different events please visit the festival website. You can also learn more on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook @CambridgeZero.
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