The names of leading climate change influencers, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and diplomat Christiana Figueres, are to be given to meeting rooms in the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds.
The two were announced on International Women’s Day (8 March 2019) after members of the Centre submitted nominations for women that have been influential in addressing climate change.
Priestley Centre Director Piers Forster said: “Our Centre is named after Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) a brilliant male scientist who made the fundamental discoveries necessary to understand climate change. But this only tells part of the story of why our Centre is here and why people around the world are taking action today.
“Interdisciplinary teams of people are taking the research in new directions. Just as important as the research are the influencers that take this research and use it to change our world for the better.
“We wanted to acknowledge these crucial roles by naming our two new meeting rooms after the world’s best climate influencers. It is fitting that Katharine Hayhoe and Christiana Figueres swept the field before them: both have excelled in translating the science for hard-to-reach demographics with a huge sense of optimism for the future.
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