How can I get involved in COP26?

There are lots of ways to engage with the Climate Conference both here in Arran (in person or online) or if you are heading to the mainland. Here is a list of some of the events taking place over the next two weeks:

Saturday 6th November – Global Day of Action for Climate Justice 

March in Glasgow. Assemble at Kelvingrove Park at 12noon.
The march itself will be huge, with all sorts of groups represented in a kaleidoscope of blocs from indigenous people to migrants and land workers. Whether you come by bike or by bus, on a train or on foot, come along – bring your flags and banners, your signs, your family, your friends, and everyone you know to make this march absolutely massive. Whatever your involvement, and however you arrive, you’ll be adding your voice to hundreds of thousands around the world.

Rally in Brodick, Arran

Sunday 7th – Wednesday 10th November – People’s Summit for Climate Justice

Join the COP26 Coalition’s People’s Summit for Climate Justice where the climate justice movement will be coming together to discuss, learn and strategize for system change. You can join in online from anywhere in the world, or in-person in Glasgow. For more info on the People’s Summit and events taking place see here

Monday 8th November

Join COAST online for a hybrid (in person and online) panel discussion hosted by the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition and Our Seas Scotland: Bottom trawling and a Zero Carbon Future: What needs to change?

Broadcast live from COP26 in Glasgow, the session’s objective is to look at emerging research which suggests that bottom trawling’s impacts extend beyond seabed damage and overfishing, and includes significant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions.

It is common knowledge that our seas and oceans support a wealth of marine life, however people are only just starting to learn that the marine world also supports carbon-rich ecosystems helping combat climate change whilst supporting community livelihoods. With marine carbon sequestration estimated at potentially more than double the amount of carbon removed by habitats on land, the marine environment clearly has a significant role to play in our efforts to address climate change.

This event will present current research on the contribution of bottom-trawling to the climate crisis (from a Scottish, West African and Belizean perspective), whilst exploring if there is a place for this fishing method in a zero-carbon future. In this special COP26 panel discussion, a global panel of experts will explore bottom trawling’s place in a zero carbon future.

In-person spaces are by invitation only, but you can sign up to participate online here.

Tuesday 9th November

Eco Savvy’s COP26 Hub Tuesday

Eco Savvy invite you to drop in to the Ormidale Pavilion between 11am and 3pm where we will have various things going on:

Climate Cafe – come and join us for free soup/dahl, tea/coffee and home baking. How do you feel about COP26 and the climate emergency in general? We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions

Arran Repair Cafe will be joining us – come and hear about what they do and how you can get involved

Pop up shop – we will have a range of eco products and some “pre-loved” goods available if you are looking to buy some early Christmas presents!

ebikes – trial some of our ebikes and have a scoot round the playing fields.

play the game “Carbon City Zero” – a collaborative deck-building game in which players develop a sustainable city by greening transport, transforming industries, getting citizens on board, and showing world leaders how it’s done.

For the duration of the Conference, the Green Zone in Glasgow will be open to the public with a full programme of events, from talks and film screenings, cultural performances and exhibitions, to shine a light on the amazing and diverse world of climate action. See separate post in this issue for more details – Green Zone Programme of events.

Featured image The Time is Now.  Photo by Iona Shepherd. Projection by Jack Wrigley.