Emily Marsay is a part-time PhD researcher in Politics & international studies at the University of Exeter. For the past 7 years, she has been volunteering with a climate change campaigning organisation: the ‘UK Youth Climate Coalition’ www.ukycc.com.
This organisation sends a youth delegation to the COP negotiations every year, and Emily was fortunate enough to get her accreditation to COP this year through them. COP26 was largely considered to be the most exclusionary COP yet, with many activists from the Global South not being able to join the negotiations due to vaccine inequity, uncertainty and the high costs of travel and accommodation. Emily joined a sponsored bike ride Glasgow from London to raise money for youth climate justice activists from Brazil to be able to come to the negotiations. Find the fundraiser here!
Upon finishing the sponsored bike ride, Emily attended ‘COY16’ the – ‘Conference of Youth’ that took place before the official COP26. While at the COP26 negotiations, Emily protested in actions in the Blue Zone, an interview from one of which got picked up in the Irish Times! See the link here.