Sir Tim Smit KBE
The GW4 Climate Alliance is an interdisciplinary research consortium of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter working to develop transformative systems responses to the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is the largest enduring global, anthropogenic threat to humanity and the natural environment. Disasters linked to climate and weather extremes have always been part of our Earth’s system, but they are becoming more frequent and intense as global temperatures rise. Climate change threatens every aspect of our world. The impacts are wide ranging from social disruption and economic instability to environmental degradation.
The GW4 Climate Alliance is uniquely placed to address the global challenge of climate change, due to both our regional ‘ecosystem’ and the complementary critical mass of expertise across the GW4 institutions. It combines the expertise, network of collaborations and enthusiasm across the GW4 Universities to deliver world-leading innovative climate solutions, shape policy and practice and contribute to positive and equitable social change.
- Connect practitioners, industry, policymakers, and the public with researchers through our network, and influence socially equitable change through long-term, co-created and diverse partnerships.
- Champion and demonstrate transformative place-based solutions to the climate crisis using universities as ‘living labs’ and co-developing regional ‘testbeds’ with stakeholder partners in order to stimulate wider and deeper change.
- Unite and augment GW4 climate expertise by developing a cohesive interdisciplinary community and supporting climate research leaders of the future.