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University to address need for a sustainable future during Climate Week

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 28 FEBRUARY 2014

As part of Climate Week, Birmingham City University will be participating in a series of events and activities set to inspire others on ways in which they can protect the environment.

Running from 3 – 9 March, Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign and will shine a spotlight on the positive steps being taken in schools, workplaces, councils and communities across Britain to live and work more sustainably.

Lynsey Melville, Director of the Centre for Low Carbon Research at Birmingham City University, will be visiting Lutley Primary Schoolin Halesowen on Monday 3 March to discuss carbon footprints and how they can be reduced as well as highlighting the impact that we have on the environment. At the end of Climate Week, students at Lutley Primary Schoolwill present their pledges to help to protect the environment before Halesowen & Rowley Regis MP James Morris.

Lynsey said: “It seems the general public are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts of climate change. We only need to look at the extreme weather and flooding we have seen recently and the impact it has had on people’s lives.

“Children of today will undoubtedly experience more frequent and extreme weather in their lifetimes as a result of climate change and it is crucial that we encourage them, our communities and our government to be more responsible and pro-active now.”

Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment will also be exhibiting at a two-day international conference at Millennium Point, focusing on low carbon business opportunities and the financial challenges for a low carbon future.

The ‘Climate Challenge Conference’ on 3 and 4 March will see delegates from Europe and China gather to address the importance of understanding the science behind climate change. Birmingham City University research being showcased at the conference includes tools that set out guidance and quality standards for sustainable business investment in UK peatlands.

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