UCL’s iconic Portico was lit up green this week and shone out across the campus in the heart of London to signal the official launch of the university’s Generation One climate action campaign.
To help protect our planet, UCL is asking everyone to take simple actions – from increasing the fuel efficiency of their cars to choosing charity shops and clothes swaps for new outfits, or just walking, cycling and using public transport more.
The science behind each action and its impact is explained through a series of intriguing questions to explore online and in a free exhibition open to the public on the UCL campus. Supporters can even pledge to become citizen scientists by measuring the height of a tree in their area to help calculate how much carbon the world’s trees can absorb.
The invitation to make a pledge comes ahead of the UN’s COP26 climate conference next month but the aim is to mobilise as many of people as possible to start making small changes now and then carry on beyond the negotiations in Glasgow.
Through a series of events, exhibitions and calls to action, Generation One offers everyone the chance to understand the science behind the issues facing our planet. It’s inspired by the words of former US President Barack Obama: “We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change, and the last generation who can do something about it.”