A delegation of SACRU held a meeting during the UN Climate Change Conference

The SACRU delegation

The Conference of Parties is taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Members from Boston College, UC | Chile and PUC Rio met to discuss climate activism 

The Conference of the Parties (COP27), which formally gathers the 198 parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), brings together leaders from all countries to agree on intensifying global action to solve the climate crisis. The Conference is taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6-18 November 2022.

On Friday, 11th November, a SACRU delegation composed of members of Boston College, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro met to discuss climate activism. Boston College, an official Observer Organization for the Conference, was represented by Jim West, Assistant Director of Programs for the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, David Deese, Professor of Political Science, Dunwei Wang, Professor of Chemistry and BC students: Leon Liu (Environmental Studies), Thalia Chaves (International Studies) and Oluchi Ota (Nursing). Catalina Santelices (Law), Moana Tepano (Sustainable Development and Territorial Plantification), Enerike Carrasco (Archaeology), Gerardo Butron (Engineering), and Tomás Pesce (Anthropology), were present for UC | Chile. Maria Fernanda Lemos, Professor of Urban Planning and Design, was the delegate for PUC Rio.

The group had a wide-ranging discussion about respective schools, climate change activism, teaching, and research. Most of the talks were led by students, while the Faculty members spoke about their work and institutions. Following COP27, the group will reconvene to determine how this newly formed network within SACRU can collectively work toward bold, just climate action.