The Cambridge Climate Society Blog

We’re hoping to provide a platform for sharing climate stories that interest you. Written by students, professionals and scholars, we aim to host a diverse collection of authors and their insights on the climate.
If you would like to contribute, or know someone who would, please get in contact using the CCS blog submission form. We encourage commentary and interaction with our posts, so please let us know which stories inspire you, which you disagree with and what you would like to hear more about!

What is Town’s offer to Cambridge’s undergraduate students when it comes to community and climate action?

By Antony Carpen
Posted on 1st December 2023

I popped along to a town/gown gathering on a cold November evening to find out what the post-Lockdown generation of students were looking for from local councils and town-based climate organisations. Turns out there is more that Town could be doing (without a huge increase in spending/resources) to help newly-arrived undergraduates hit the ground running – and getting stuck into some long term challenges...


From a Single Sign to a Conscious Shift: Empowering the Public on Jury Rights

By Laura Kaarina Korte and Sally Davidson.
Posted on 28th November 2023
Laura Kaarina Korte holding a sign with the law written on it
Image: Laura Kaarina Korte

The days are upon us when the British government begins High Court legal proceedings against a retired social worker who held up a sign with the law on it ...


Climate Justice, Hope, and Representation: The Path to Resilience

By Abul Bashar Rahman
Posted on 27th May 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
Abul Bashar Rahman | Photo: Rifat Abrar Anik.

As an economics student hailing from Bangladesh, I, Bashar, have personally witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change on my country and its people. The more I learned about the climate crisis and its disproportionate effect on the Global South, the more I realized the importance of climate justice, hope, and representation of marginalized communities in addressing this global challenge. When I attended COP27 held in Egypt in November 2022, I saw first hand ...


Birdwatching, Climate Activism and Diversity in Environmentalism: A Conversation with Mya-Rose Craig

By Aman Vernekar
Posted on 18th May 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
Image: Mya-Rose Craig

Aman Vernekar interviews Mya-Rose Craig, a 20 year old British-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist, author, speaker, and broadcaster. At age 11, she started the popular blog Birdgirl and, at age 17, she became the youngest person to see half the birds in the world ...


A plant-based food system and the Plant-Based Cambridge Campaign

By Tommy Walker Mackay
Posted on 11th May 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
The Cambridge University Plant-Based Campaign | Image: Rosie Lester

Of the numerous ways in which human activity impacts the global climate, one that is often overlooked, particularly in discussions relating to how we can reduce our impact on the climate, is the contribution of agriculture and particularly animal agriculture. While it is reasonably well-known that greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane, from cattle contribute to our impact on the climate, what is less well-known is that this is only one aspect of the impact of agriculture on the climate. Indeed, around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions...


Conservation politics and the impact of conservation technologies on Indigenous people: A conversation with Trishant Simlai

By Aman Vernekar
Posted on 29th April 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
Trishant Simlai, a postdoctoral research associate in the Smart Forests project.

Aman Vernekar interviews Trishant Simlai, a postdoctoral research associate in the Smart Forests project in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is a conservation researcher primarily interested in the politics and geographies of wildlife conservation in India. ...


Summer Careers Guide

By Rose Amey
Posted on 22nd April 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student

The CCS team has put together an introductory guide to exploring the green career sector to help you navigate the emerging field. With green jobs growing at around four times the rate of the overall UK employment market (PwC, 2023), this guide contains a diverse set of resources that you can explore this summer to grow your familiarity and understanding of the enormous potential of the green job market ...


Gaia as a moral guide? – A book review

By Haseef Ahmed
Posted on 27th February 2023
Image: Haseef × DALL·E

Gaia: A new look at life on Earth by James Lovelock is one of the early primers of the environmental movement that caught both the public and scientific community’s imagination. The book was first published in 1979, during the era of burgeoning research into man-made effects on the environment conducted at prestigious universities such as Columbia and MIT, as well as by major oil producers such as Exxon1. Indeed, Lovelock himself extends his gratitude, in the preface, to a colleague from Shell Research Limited (p.xix).

The most salient and interesting points to note are that the text posits an original idea, proposed by a scientist ...


Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to make her a hero, but to take action, and it must be now!

By Hitesh Mahawar
Posted on 23rd February 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student | Photo: DANIEL REINHARDT/PICTURE ALLIANCE/GETTY

“Climate Crisis”…have you heard this term often lately? If yes then you can do something if you want to save the planet, if not then I can only pray to God or you can at least read this article to get an idea.

Just to set the context, here are some of the facts and figures:
1. The current warming rate is around 10 times faster than the avg. rate of ice-age recovery warming. Since 2010, the earth has recorded five warmest years, and 2016 was the warmest year on record.
2. 1,000,000+ species face extinction. Around 5 species a year is the probable rate of species extinction, but ...