But the battle against climate change is not just about reducing emissions. Our researchers are helping deliver climate resilience for communities in the Humber and more widely. Beginning at home, our own campus has become a living lab for sustainable drainage, with our systems slowing the water flow and channelling it away from drains and sewers. This is helping to manage flood risk, reduce pollutants in the water and enhance biodiversity. In order to develop community resilience against the worsening impacts of global warming and rising sea levels, we are working with partners throughout the Humber to establish climate change resilience through specialised research and innovation, including through our Living with Water partnership and our £3 million Flood Innovation Centre. We have recently implemented a scholarship investigating the links between climate-related water stresses, migration and human trafficking, furthering our interest in the intersection between sustainability and social issues. This reflects our belief that climate change’s most damaging effects are felt most keenly by the most disadvantaged people.
In the coming year, to continue our work to advance climate justice, we are creating scholarships that will help develop the talent necessary for a more sustainable future. With an investment of over £1.4 million across the next three years, we will be funding 22 PhD projects in five clusters, three of which relate to social justice and two to sustainability. The scholarships will nurture research talent, equipping postgraduate researchers with the skills and knowledge to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.
Alongside the launch of these exciting new research programmes, we are also looking to build a set of solar farms, generating renewable energy that will directly supply our main campus, saving about 2,500 tonnes of carbon annually.
Universities such as Hull throughout the UK play a crucial role in addressing the critical issues faced by our planet. As the new year starts, the University of Hull will drive world-leading research, innovative teaching, and the development of outstanding graduates who will go out into the world to create long-term, positive impacts to secure a fairer, brighter carbon neutral future for everyone.
This article was originally published in The Yorkshire Post.