Oxford Doctoral student selected to be climate ambassador for the UK!

At the beginning of April, Lisa Thalheimer, a doctoral student in the School of Geography, was selected to be part of the first cohort of GYCN Climate Ambassadors, spread in 58 countries around the globe. The Global Youth Climate Network is part of the World Bank Youth Community.

Some background information: 
GYCN’s goal is to convene youth around the globe that see climate change as the defining issue for our generation and would like to volunteer and advocate for that cause. The role of GYCN Ambassadors is to educate, empower, inspire and connect with local people in their communities, as well as, collaborate with other GYCN Ambassadors across the globe to develop and implement initiatives to raise awareness and mitigate climate change.

In her role as Climate Ambassador of the UK, she aims to bring together the youth around Oxford, the colleges, as well as the Center for the Environment, hosted at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Oxford Climate Society, and connect climate initiatives around the UK and the world. As the Christ Church GCR Ethics & Environment Officer, she sees valuable synergies for the college life we can realize on larger scale through the GYCN network. Actions for making a positive impact on our climate would include various events from organizing trips to nature reserves for her college to learn about endemic plants and animals, biodiversity and impacts of climate change, to climate challenges such as the JCR and GCR’s long-standing participation in the NUS Student Switch Off Campaign, catalyzing the college’s performance through energy efficient campaigns, engaging the whole student body. Fundraising events such as annual climate runs together with World Bank’s Connect4Climate around the Christ Church Meadow are just a few of the fun and outdoor ideas I have for my mandate. 

The platform provides us with the unique opportunity to collaborate with a great network in 58 countries, with Young Professionals across different disciplines all working towards the same goal: taking and catalyzing climate action for a sustainable Earth.