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By Patrick Leavey, Vice Principal on 1 November 2021
The eyes of the world are on Glasgow this week as global leaders gather for COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference.
The summit will bring key parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It’s likely we will be placed on red alert to go green.
There’s no doubt there is a place for life online. Whether it’s a spot of ‘buy it now’ retail therapy or catching up with friends on social – our digital footprint is bigger than ever, but nothing quite beats the feeling of doing it IRL.
We’ve all been there.
You sign up for something because you think it’s the right thing to do, yet deep down you’re not quite sure it’s right for you. You plough on, not wanting to lose face, but the further you go the more you realise you should have stuck to your guns. It simply wasn’t for you. Sound familiar?
We live in an increasingly connected world, where technology is allowing us to be ever smarter in the way we go about our days. From voice-controlled smart plugs which turn our lights on and boil the kettle as we get out of bed in the morning, to live-streamed gaming tournaments with friends from around the world in the evening - our world is dominated, and enriched, by digital devices.
Finally, after what has seemed the longest, harshest, toughest winter in living memory, we are returning to campus. Face-to-face teaching, chatting with friends, catching up with classmates – all of the things we previously took for granted are back on the agenda – and never have we appreciated them more.