UOW Youth Climate Change Project

Support UOW's commitment to climate action, ensure a sustainable future.

We are calling for all members of the UOW community to sign our petition to endorse the University of Wollongong's commitments to a sustainable future and demands for climate action on a local, national, and global scale.

About the Youth Climate Change Project

A team of students and staff working in collaboration with the University of Wollongong (UOW) are participating in the 16th Conference of Youth on Climate Change (COY16), which is the precursor to the UN 26th Conference of Parties (COP26).

As part of the conference, our team has developed a Youth Climate Statement (PDF) in consultation with students, academics, and members of Wollongong’s wider community. The statement establishes a set of climate change commitments of the University, as well as demands on a local, national, and global level.

These commitments and demands will be presented as a part of COY’s statement to the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties in Glasgow on 31 October - 12 November 2021.  


University commitments

Following student, staff and community consultation, several commitments emerged. UOW has agreed to commit to the following:

  • Work towards carbon neutrality by 2030. 
  • Improve energy management and have a renewable power purchasing agreement by 2025. 
  • Support sustainable transport strategies. 
  • Cultivate research excellence in climate change solutions. 
  • Educate the community about climate change.

Demands to the local, national and global community

The COY16 team also made several individual, institutional, local, national, and global level demands for immediate climate action:

  • Individuals need to make conscious behavioural and financial decisions to mitigate climate change. 
  • Institutions need to make a concerted effort to reduce their environmental footprint.  
  • Local governments need to take a leading role in addressing climate change by working in partnership with individuals and organisations in the community.  
  • The Australian Government needs a robust climate change strategy, with a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 and a de-carbonisation roadmap for every sector.  
  • The global community needs to prioritise climate action, engaging in climate financing to assist developing countries and fulfil their role as global citizens.

Youth Climate Statement

For more information on the project and detailed descriptions of these commitments and demands, please refer to the full UOW Youth Climate Statement.

Contact us

Have a question about the project. Contact the UOW UNCOY16 Project Team: