From the Global Student Living Conference 2019. Head here to register your interest for future GSL conferences, and learn more about the GSL Conference here.

In October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report with a stark warning: that mankind had just 12 years to moderate climate change if it wanted to prevent millions of people worldwide from being subjected to drought, extreme heat, floods and poverty.

Students have spearheaded efforts to get climate change higher up their governments’ agendas. Inspired by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began striking from school on Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament, student climate strikes have been attended by hundreds of thousands of students around the world, in thousands of locations.

GSLC19 keynote speaker Anna Taylor, leader of the UK’s student climate protests and co-founder of UKSCN (UK Student Climate Network), explains why students are mobilising, the empowerment that students feel through activism, and the international student community being formed around a common goal – as well as the steps students would like to see taken to secure their futures.