100 students from Bristol’s universities will get their chance to tell the world what they think about sustainability and climate change as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

On 21 April, Bristol Festival of Ideas is holding a Student Day where around 100 students from the city’s universities will be able to shape the message that Bristol 2015 delivers to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year.

The day will see students debate the key concerns facing cities, from future energy needs to broader climate change issues, following an opening address from renowned climate scientist Professor Rich Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol.

Andrew Garrad, chairman of Bristol 2015 explained:

This event will give Bristol students the opportunity to identify the most pressing problems facing them and their future, review political options and consider creative solutions. Their views will be incorporated into Bristol 2015’s presentation to the crucially important UN Climate Change Conference in December.

The Bristol 2015 Student Day will take place from 9.30am – 2.00pm on Tuesday 21 April 2015 at @Bristol. Attendance is free but must be booked in advance here, where more information is also available.

The Student Day follows directly on from the Green Youth Day on 20 April where over 1,000 young people from a wide age range will meet in Bristol to debate how to engage the next generation in environmental issues to help ensure a more sustainable future. Green Youth Day will be hosted by comedian and environmental campaigner Marcus Brigstocke who will be joined by inspiring speakers, including hip hop star and political activist Emmanuel Jal.

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