The IPCC was established by the United Nations in 1988 to provide all levels of government with scientific evidence to be used to develop climate policies. Thousands of scientists around the world contribute to IPCC reports and voluntary work focused on combatting climate change.
This year, the IPCC, along with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), was awarded the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, which recognises the central role played by science in combating the ecological and climate crisis.
Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability Policy at the University of Regina, is the only Canadian Coordinating Lead Author chosen to contribute to the UN’s Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Hurlbert and her team worked on Chapter 7: Risk management and decision making in relation to sustainable development in the Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.
Hurlbert says she’s honoured to have participated in the IPCC and be recognized in this manner, with all her fellow colleagues.
“I’m especially grateful that the funds for this award will go towards the IPCC scholarship program advancing the knowledge and skills for interdisciplinary climate change science in our next generation of scientists!” says Hurlbert.
The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity comes with an award of 1 million euros—which will be split by the IPCC and the IPBES—and was launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to honour individuals and organizations whose work is making a major contribution to mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Congratulations to Dr. Hurlbert for her efforts in the fight against climate change.