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What is Student Energy Doing at COP26? Find out Here!

The movement to reduce humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions extends far beyond Glasgow. We are, as always, filled with hope at the ongoing mobilization of young people in our network, climate leaders from around the world, and frontline and Indigenous activists.

Next week #COP26 begins, which will position the climate crisis firmly in the global consciousness. Student Energy will be there, and we will be empowered by the knowledge that if we are to achieve net zero, it will be together.


Are you going to COP26? Let us know!

If you’re headed to COP26, Student Energy would love to connect with you. Send an email letting us know your plans to Helen, our Senior Director of Global Partnerships at, or message us on Instagram. We will arrange a meet!


The Global Youth Energy Outlook Official Launch Event

Student Energy will host the official launch event of its flagship research initiative, the Global Youth Energy Outlook, in the Green Zone of COP26 at the Glasgow Science Centre on November 4th from 12.00 to 13.30.

The Global Youth Energy Outlook is the definitive tool at COP26 for understanding what today’s youth, 18 to 30 years old, want for the future of energy and climate. Student Energy has been working with a team of 12 youth Regional Coordinators worldwide over the past 18 months to develop a research methodology focused on doing a comprehensive study of our 41,000+ youth network’s ambitions on climate in their communities.

The launch event will include an intergenerational programme where Student Energy’s Regional Coordinators will showcase key findings and regional insights from their research, as well as pathways for decision-makers to work collaboratively with youth on setting the agenda for achieving SDG 7.

This event is in-person and open to all accredited and non-accredited attendees in Glasgow, however registration for Green Zone tickets is required. Book your Green Zone tickets here.


Call for Submissions: Women Leading on Climate

Women Leading on Climate, in partnership with Student Energy, want to hear from women who are taking action to fight the climate crisis. In the leadup to COP26, film a short video (30 seconds – 2 minutes) telling the world why you care about climate change, climate’s impact on women, and women leading on solutions. 

Post it on or before November 5 with the hashtag #WomenLeadingonClimate to help us show global governments how important women are to achieving our climate goals. We will amplify your voice on our own platforms.


What else are we up to at COP26?

Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) Summit

Student Energy Executive Director Meredith Adler will speak on a leaders discussion at the NYTimes Climate Hub Forum entitled, “Green Upskilling: The Next Generation of Climate Skills and Leadership”. Check out the NYTimes Climate Hub program at COP 26 and how to participate here

SDG 7 Pavilion for the People and for the Planet at COP26 

Co-Hosted by SEforALL, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the IKEA Foundation

For the first time in COP history, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), in partnership with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, will host a dedicated SDG7 Pavilion in the Blue Zone at COP26. The pavilion will bring together SDG7 stakeholders to mobilize and connect bold commitments and actions for energy around the world. The SDG7 Pavilion virtual platform will be available from 31 October 2021 and is open to all.  All SDG7 Pavilion Side events will be streamed live from 1-12 November. If you’re unable to watch an event live, you can also watch recorded events on the same platform. You will also be able to ask your questions to the organizers and to the speakers during the live sessions. 

SE specific session: Student Energy will host the Dialogue “Breaking Barriers for Youth to lead on SDG7” from 10.30 to 11.00 at the Pavilion on November 5th

A Business-Led Climate Resilience Initiative: Turning Aspirations into Action

Shakti Ramkumar, Student Energy’s Director of Communications and Policy, will be speaking at Resilience First and Wood Climate Resilience Reception: “A Business-Led Climate Resilience Initiative: Turning Aspirations into Action.” This event takes place on November 2nd. Register here

BBC Scotland Debate Night

Helen Watts, Student Energy’s Senior Director of Global Partnerships, will be participating in the COP26 special on BBC Scotland ‘Debate Night’. This programme features topical debate on the big issues affecting Scotland and beyond. Watch here