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UniC Summit

The UniC Summit is a major international climate action event. The biennial event brought together, virtually in July 2021, more than 350 pre-selected global climate leaders, previously selected and invited to imagine and explore concrete and innovative solutions to preserve the planet and build better societies.

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The UniC2021 Summit took place virtually from Monday, July 5, 2021 to Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Schedule

Conferences and public activities

9h – 10h Opening of the Summit

Maître de cérémonie: Véronique Fournier

10 – 10h15 “Ice Scream” and “Blood Forest”: When Street Art Defends our Planet…
10h15 – 11h15 The UniC Network’s Climate Action Committee Presents Its Creations to You!
14h15 – 15h45 My Climate Research in 180 seconds
15h30 – 15h45 Circus Workshop: Come Have Fun and Move!
15h45 – 16h45
Indigenous Approaches to Climate: Governance and Territory

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Panelists: Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, Graeme Reed, Marco Ramirez

All over the world, Indigenous peoples are most often exposed to the effects of climate change that threaten their livelihoods, cultures and ways of life. In its latest assessment report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers that “indigenous, local and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic views of their communities and environment” are an asset in addressing climate change. In this activity, Lisa Koperqualuk, Inuk woman (Canada) will be accompanied by Graem Reed, member of the Anishinaabe Nation (Canada) and Marco Ramirez from the Tz’utujil people, Tz’utujil: Tz’ikin Jaay, Tz’olöj Ya’, Iximulew (Guatemala). All three will share their visions and realities about one of the greatest planetary challenges: the climate.

GHG Emissions on our Campuses: Carbon Neutrality Goal

Panelists: Audrey Pomerleau-Boivin, Cassandra Lamontagne, Erna Maters, Explane

With the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in many countries by 2030, the workshop aims to present various university initiatives implemented around the world to reduce GHG emissions from campuses. Four panelists will share with you the initiatives undertaken by their universities to reduce their GHG emissions in addition to answering your questions during a Question & Answer session at the end of the panel. The workshop is bilingual, with simultaneous translation available in French and English.

Scientific Speed Dating
20h – 21h Major conference by Marie-Josée Richer

9h – 10h
Climate Quilt
Create an Organization or a Business in the Field of Climate
Popularizing 101: Means, Tools, and Challenges
10h – 10h15 Trip to Colombia with Zumba!
10h15 – 11h15 Scientific, Entrepreneurial or Activist Posters
11h15 – 12h Interactive Couch Sessions
14h30 – 15h30 Major conference by Aneesa Khan
15h30 – 15h45 Glacial Tide, Poetic Work on the Movement of the Ice
15h45 – 17h15
Citizen mobilization around climate: the scientific basis
Inspiring the Next Generation: Sharing and Advice From Experienced Politicians

Panelists: Brian Gallant, Elizabeth May, Jean Charest, Kathleen Wynne

This hour will be dedicated to Canadian politicians that marked considerably the last years. Through an open discussion on the environment, these public figures will prove you that placing pressing matters of sustainable development shall be put in the front seat. Many themes will trace their respective backgrounds and will probably answer questions you always had on them! A public event not to miss!

How To Make The Most of Student Participation in COPs?
20h – 21h
Finding a Climate-Related Job on the World Stage
Response of Living Organisms to Climate Change
Exhibition of Climate Education Initiatives

9h – 10h Major conference by Jean Lemire
10h – 10h15 Mindfulness of the Self and the Earth
10h15 – 11h15
How To Design Your Climate Action Project?
The Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation

Panelists : Benoit Limoges, Luc Descroix

Keep Science Clean or Intervene?
11h15 – 12h Interactive Couch Sessions
14h30 – 15h30 UniC Network Initiatives: Podcasts!
15h30 – 15h45 Save Nature: A Musical Journey to the Land of Cameroon
15h45 – 16h45
Green Technology Transfers: Between Protection and Sharing
Young and Connected: University As a Stepping-Stone

Panelists : Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Marwah Rizqy

These young politicians are gutsy! They found themselves on the center stage quickly after leaving school benches. With a pleasant formula, a conversation will take form with these leaders that will explain the path that they took before ending in active politics. They will play the game of answering your questions and reflections to make you think about the impacts of young wolves in politics for the environment. An open discussion to the General public that may convince you to make a career in public service!

Surprise Event
16h45 – 17h30 Interactive Couch Sessions
20h – 21h
Citizenship For Effective Climate Action: How to Use It?
Dialoging With Your University Administration

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This session will focus on building communication skills in the context of student engagement, with the ultimate goal of helping participants lead university administrations to adopt environmentally friendly practices. International examples will be highlighted to showcase the communication techniques that have made these initiatives successful. Through hands-on workshops, participants will develop their communication skills, whether verbal, written or even through digital art, in order to engage students and build support among decision makers.

Climate and Health: What Links and Opportunities for Sustainable Development?

9h – 10h Major conference by Kumi Naidoo
10h – 10h15 Climate Change in Quiz and Music
10h15 – 11h15 Discussion on the UniC2023 Summit and Future Network Initiatives
14h30 – 15h30 Synthesis / Awards / Summit Closure
15h30 – 15h45 Dance For Climate Change
15h45 – 16h45 Couch Sessions / Networking / Coffee Meeting

Speakers

Aneesa Khan

Major public conference : Tuesday, July 6th, 14h30-15h30 HAE

Jean Lemire

Major public conference : Wednesday, July 7th, 9h-10h HAE

Kumi Naidoo

Major public conference : Thursday, July 8th, 9h-10h HAE

Marie-Josée Richer

Major conference open exclusively to members of the UniC Network

Audrey Pomerleau-Boivin

Conference | GHG Emissions on our Campuses: Carbon Neutrality Goal | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

Benoit Limoges 

Conférence | The Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation | Wednesday, July 7th, 10h15-11h15 HAE

Brian Gallant

Conference | Inspiring the Next Generation: Sharing and Advice From Experienced Politicians | Tuesday, July 6th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

Cassandra Lamontagne

Conférence | GHG Emissions on our Campuses: Carbon Neutrality Goal | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

Elisabeth May

Conference | Inspiring the Next Generation: Sharing and Advice From Experienced Politicians | Tuesday, July 6th, 15h45-16h45 HAE 

Erna Maters

Wageningen University : Management environnemental

Conference | GHG Emissions on our Campuses: Carbon Neutrality Goal | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

ExPlane

Conference | GHG Emissions on our Campuses: Carbon Neutrality Goal | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

Conference | Young and Connected: University As a Stepping-Stone | Wednesday, July 7th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

 

Graeme Reed

Conference | Indigenous Approaches to Climate: Governance and Territory | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE 

Jean Charest

Conference | Inspiring the Next Generation: Sharing and Advice From Experienced Politicians | Tuesday, July 6th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

 

Kathleen Wynne

Conference | Inspiring the Next Generation: Sharing and Advice From Experienced Politicians | Tuesday, July 6th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

 

Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk

Conference | Indigenous Approaches to Climate: Governance and Territory | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE 

Luc Descroix

Conference | The Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation | Wednesday, July 7th, 10h15-11h15 HAE 

Marco Ramirez

Conference | Indigenous Approaches to Climate: Governance and Territory | Monday, July 5th, 15h45-16h45 HAE 

Marwah Rizqy

Conference | Young and Connected: University As a Stepping-Stone | Wednesday, July 7th, 15h45-16h45 HAE

 

Objectives

In collaboration with its partners, the Laval University plans to make the International Student Summit on Climate a recurring event every two years. For this first edition, UniC2021, the Summit objectives were to:

  • Establish, through an international network, a community of practice bringing together young university leaders to support organizations and societies committed to climate issues
  • Share approaches, discuss innovative and concrete actions and promote their transferability
  • Identify gaps in scientific knowledge on various issues related to climate change in order to establish international research collaborations
  • Discuss best practices from university communities in terms of sustainability, as a contribution to climate action

It’s a unique opportunity to learn, share innovative practices, and promote networking and collaboration at a national and international level.