Global Climate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) encourages Universities and their communities across all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

Held annually in October, Global Climate Change Week provides an open-ended framework for voluntary activities aimed at raising awareness, inspiring behaviour change, and driving political transformation in relation to climate policy.

The first GCCW was held in October 2015. In 2014, a group of academics and students at the University of Wollongong (UOW) developed a committee and organised a workshop held on December 4-5 2014 at the University of Wollongong. Twenty-two people participated, including academics from seven Australian universities and a number of activists. The workshop was a great success; many new ideas emerged, the vision and mission statements were drafted, and some of the committees running GCCW today were established, including the original coordinating committee.

Global Climate Change Week 2021: Climate, Health, Action!

This year, GCCW runs from Monday 18 October to Sunday 24 October 2021.

Our theme this year is Climate, Health, Action! The week will focus on the impact of our changing climate on human and environmental health. We will explore sustainable solutions, from eating healthily and sustainably to greening our health systems. Hosted entirely online, GCCW will be filled with aspirations and inspiring stories, knowledge sharing and ideas, and discussions on actions to protect our health and our planet.

It’s easy to take action!

– Participate in an event below, developed in collaboration with Wollongong City Council. Follow @UOW on Twitter and use the hashtag #UOWGCCW to share your thoughts and ideas with our online community during the sessions
– Follow UOW Pulse on Facebook, who will be sharing great resources, events and running competitions
– Take part in family-friendly activities listed below
– Spread awareness by using a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Zoom background during the week

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Header image artwork by artist and Masters student Josie Atkinson titled “Heal Country, Heal Climate”. The design represents the diverse waterways and land of healthy ‘Country’ and the ancestral songlines of the First Nations Peoples of Australia.

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