COP26 & Glasgow: Get involved!

With COP coming to Glasgow (31 October – 12 November) it is a really exciting time to get involved with climate campaigning and activities around COP26! If you are looking for ways to get involved, below are some key ways you can help. News and updates will be broadcast in our newsletter.

1. Host an Activist in your home

At any COP climate conference, affordable accommodation in the city is scarce and very expensive. This is a huge obstacle for groups with fewer resources, for example those from Global South countries and young people.

The COP26 Homestay Network is a platform where those with a spare room or a sofa-bed within commuting distance fo Glasgow can offer a place to stay for climate campaigners during COP. It’s an amazing opportunity to have a direct link to COP whilst giving a genuine, warm Scottish welcome to visitors.

2. Contribute to the COP26 Glasgow Green Map

We are bringing together an open-source online map of community resources and sustainable and locally run businesses. We want to help COP delegates and activists find local, independent and sustainable places to eat, shop and visit that bring value into local communities and give a warm welcome to our city.

3. Take Part in an Event

There are hundreds of events happening between now and COP26 and we are bringing them together on the Climate Fringe website. Have a browse, and get involved. If you, or a group you are in, wish to organise an event you are welcome to become part of the Climate Fringe – upload your event and download our logo.

4. Involve your local community hall or faith space

SCCS and UK COP26 Coalition are creating a network of local venues close to Glasgow that can support global civil society needs during COP and connect their communities to what is happening at COP. If you are involved with a community hall, place of worship, non-profit co-working space, or even if you just have a spare meeting room, we want to connect you in to the network. 

5. Bring COP26 to Your Community

We will be live streaming all sorts of content live from COP26 onto the Climate Fringe website and we are inviting communities to create mini COP events in their local venue to mix live international events, with discussing the things that matter to you.

6.  Help with Civil Society Organising for COP26

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are working in partnership with the UK COP26 Coalition to bring together facilities and support for global civil society during COP26. This is being done through various working groups.

7.  Support Global South activists getting to COP26

Those on the frontline of the climate crisis will face many obstacles even getting to Glasgow, including navigating the UK Home Office’s immigration system to obtain a visit visa.

It is of paramount importance that these people are at the centre of climate negotiations, and so the COP26 Coalition is fundraising to help this cause.

Please donate what you can through the Visa Support Crowdfunder.

8.  Send a message to our leaders

Tell our leaders to protect the things we love from the climate and nature emergency.

Help us gather 10,000 voices from the people of Scotland, and we’ll take them to COP26 this November. 

9. Join the Global Day of Action and the People’s Summit

The COP26 Coalition is organising a global day of action on 6th November, the middle Saturday of COP. There will be a big March in Glasgow and in London and also regional marches. It will be followed by a hybrid People’s Summit in Glasgow and online.

And finally…

The Climate Fringe is powered by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations campaigning together on climate issues for more than a decade. Our members are community groups, NGOs and charities, faith groups, student groups and trade unions, and we welcome new members. If your civil society organisation is interested in joining us you can see our campaign priorities for COP26 here and find out more about SCCS here.

This webpage from Creative Carbon Scotland gives a great overview of COP26 and the best ways of preparing and making plans.