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COP27: panel discussion and student debate - 17 November 2022

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Join this event to hear from experts about COP27 and participate in a debate about climate justice. The event consists of an expert panel discussion (40 mins), two rounds of student debate (1 hour), and a social/networking opportunity (1 hour).

COP27 is the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. During this conference, Heads of State, ministers and negotiators, along with climate activists, mayors, civil society representatives and CEOs will meet to agree on the way forward addressing the climate emergency. 

The first round of the student debate will focus on the question: should historically high emitters compensate climate vulnerable communities for climate losses (i.e. the 'cost' of disasters, displacement, foregone opportunities)? The second round will be open to all attendees and will focus on the question: what is COP27 not talking about?

The panelists who will be introducing this debate are:

Megan Bowman is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Law and Director of the Centre for Climate Law and Governance at King’s College London. She also leads the King’s/United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) partnership on Legal Readiness for Climate Finance, consults to national governments and prominent NGOs on implementing the Paris Agreement, and is a Visiting Professor at Université de Paris-Dauphine on EU Corporate Law.

Daanish Mustafa is a Professor in Critical Geography at King's College London. Daanish was the co-author of the first climate change response strategies for Pakistan, in addition to being the lead author for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan five-year flood response strategy.

Jessica Kleczka is a climate psychologist, activist, educator, consultant and writer with a background in social and environmental sciences. She is one of the co-leaders of the HERO UK climate justice circle, helping facilitate dialogues between activists and senior policymakers, and she sits on the Ecologi climate committee. Her focus as a campaigner is on a rapid and just fossil fuel phase out, and she is a champion for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty initiative.

Sam Baker is the leader of Walk2COP26 and Walk2COP27. He has been a management consultant for almost 30 years, focusing on the intersection of business, society and the environment since 2015. He is spending 2022 on Walk2COP27 in the hope of contributing in a small way to a better world for future generations. 

The panel will be moderated by Atilla Yücel, committee member of King’s Climate Action Society, postgraduate student at King's, and ex-policy advisor for finance and sustainable development. 


All King's students and staff are welcome to attend the event. Students from any London-based university are encouraged to form teams of 3-4 people to participate in the debate. We are looking for a wide range of points of view, so please do join us even if you are not very familiar with the climate crisis. 

This event is a collaboration between King’s Sustainability Team, King’s Climate Action Network (especially Sophia Agha), and King’s Climate Action Society.


Please note this event was rescheduled from the 10th of November due to the rail strikes. 

At this event

Megan Bowman

Megan Bowman

Director of Climate Law and Governance Centre

Daanish Mustafa

Daanish Mustafa

Professor in Critical Geography

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