TU Dublin Students Present #COPDrop – a collaborative and multi-disciplinary COP27 commentary project

8 Nov, 2022

COP27, being held in Egypt from 06 - 18 November, is the latest in an ongoing series of meetings of the signatory countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Over the coming days, students across TU Dublin will document the COP27 event as it happens, giving daily summaries of the day's activities and highlighting significant outcomes in the discussions. In addition, first and third-year Environmental Management students and part-time postgraduate Sustainability Leadership in Business students will be monitoring media coverage of the COP and reporting on it.

Students and participating staff will be developing several short interviews with politicians, and those engaging in COP27 and climate change policy development in Ireland and Europe.  

Listen to the latest COPDrops here.

What is COP, and why is it important?

There is an urgent need to address the challenges and impacts of global climate change that are ongoing and growing. News that Europe is seeing temperature rises that are double that of the rest of the globe brings into focus the fact that these changes are happening now and happening at rates that were not thought possible in the recent past.

At the COP meetings, national representatives gather to determine what actions will be focused on in the coming years to address the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. At Paris, there was an agreement to limit global temperature rises to well below 2.0 °C and 1.5 °C if possible. In addition, there is hope that COP27 will deliver a solution to how developing countries that are bearing the worst climate impacts while having the lowest greenhouse gas emissions can be helped through finance that compensates for loss and damage.