Interest Groups Online Groups

Climate Matters

The recently renamed group ‘Climate Matters’ (previously ‘Countdown to COP’) meets on the last Friday of each month at 10.00am. Each session lasts about 90 minutes.  

As the name implies, we all understand that Climate does indeed Matter.  Monthly meetings and other activities all focus on matters relating to climate.   As an online group, some of the members started to meet in the spring of 2020, during ‘lockdown’.  Some members were present in Glasgow during the COP26 climate talks; have developed materials relating to intergenerational action on climate; and have attended gatherings and conferences at the London Business School and University College London.  In September 2023, they held their first – very successful - Summer School at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales; their next Summer School will be in 2025 at the University of Warwick.

Everyone is welcome to join discussions, and to take part in the breakout groups.

They have had various acclaimed speakers, including Mike Berners-Lee and Erik Dalhuijsen.  You can find a link to speakers and presentations on the web page: Climate Change Network: COP group (

Dates for your diary:

National Online Learning Event: u3s - Online Learning Events

  1. Brenda Ainsley on Friday 19th April: ‘The Climate Crisis and Some Solutions’.

Members of the group are asked to agree to the discussion being recorded. A closed facebook group and relevant WhatsApp groups are actively used. The group does not meet in December.

Mentions in IGO Newsletters:

IGO's Green Energy Photos in January 24 News Extra

David asks 'Why Hydrogen?' in January 24 News Extra 


Last Friday of the month at 10 am (not December)

Group Size & Availability

Waiting List

How to Join

You can join this group, or the waiting list, via the Beacon Members Portal. To join a group you must first subscribe to Interest Groups Online. This is separate to a local u3a membership. 

If you would be interested in helping to lead a group around this subject or any other, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

You can contact the group leader via the Beacon Members Portal. For any other queries or information please contact the Interest Groups Online team by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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