Place yourself in the shoes of an environmental rights investigator or campaigner and work in multi-disciplinary student groups to tackle a climate-related unlawful government policy or failure to act.

In this exciting new module, you will be placed in the position of strategic environmental rights investigators and campaigners. Working with students from other disciplines, your team will work together on an issue presented by an external agency (such as a non-governmental organisation) to understand a climate crisis issue at a strategic level.

For example, you might be asked to explore how to affect change at a national level in relation to the dumping of raw sewage into the UK’s rivers. To do this you will need to investigate the scientific evidence and background, the impact on local communities, and the possible legal or political solutions as well as any obstacles in the way of achieving a solution.

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Work as environmental rights investigators

Research a climate crisis strategy issue and investigate possible legal and political solutions

Team up with students from other disciplines

Bring knowledge from your own discipline to the team and work together to solve a climate crisis issue

Use chemistry, law and geography to solve an issue

Understand how different disciplines are used to understand and resolve a climate change issue

A module for everyone

The module is open to students from all subject backgrounds

An interdisciplinary module

The Climate Crisis Action Lab is part of our suite of York Interdisciplinary Modules (YIMs) and is available to choose as a 20-credit elective module in 2023/24. Students from all Departments/Schools across the University have an opportunity to take part (subject to timetabling availability/department constraints).

The Climate Crisis Action Lab is a collaboration between the Departments of Chemistry, and Environment and Geography, and the York Law School.

Issues you might tackle

The Climate Crisis Action Lab allows you to work on a specific strategy issue relating to the climate crisis. Have a look below at some example issues that you might work on.

An unlawful government policy

A failure by the government to meet its obligations under international law to reduce carbon emissions

A decision with consequences

A decision to permit the opening of a new mine

A failure to act

A refusal to take steps to compel water companies to stop discharging raw sewage into a river

How to register

The Climate Crisis Action Lab is part of our suite of sustainability-related York Interdisciplinary Modules (YIMs) available in 2023/24. This module is available for 3rd Year undergraduate students, and will run in semester 2.

You can apply for this module using the usual electives system. As with other electives, you will need to seek approval to take a YIM from your Department and School.

We also note that it may not always be possible to grant your request to undertake an elective module because of timetabling or other constraints.

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