01.11.2021

Schools programme, with Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin

Join naturalist, nature photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham as he explores the wonders of our beautiful planet, and how you can help protect our natural world. Chris will be joined by zoologist and TV presenter Megan McCubbin.

30.09.2021

Climate Crisis Film Festival – Award Ceremony & Scottish Première of the film “Above Water”

The Climate Crisis Film Festival, presented by Doconomy, concludes two weeks of climate films and special events with an Award Ceremony and Special Film Screening, celebrating underrepresented voices within the climate movement. This evening’s program will showcase stunning, diverse and eye-opening cinema from BIPOC filmmakers (black, indigenous and people of colour), popping the “Western bubble” with authentic perspectives from around the globe. OCEAN BOTTLE FILM AWARD We’ll announce the winner of the £6,000 Ocean Bottle Film Award, the first-ever Award program for climate films open exclusively to underrepresented BIPOC filmmakers. The four Nominees represent powerful climate stories from the Phillippines, Mexico, Nicaragua and Indigenous Hawaii. SCOTTISH PREMIERE – “Above Water” by Aïssa Maïga

The Award Ceremony will be followed by the screening of “Above Water” (Marcher Sur L’Eau, 2021), introduced virtually by the director, Senegal-born Aïssa Maïga. This breathtakingly photographed portrait of a young girl’s life in Niger, as water becomes scarcer and scarcer, will be presented in partnership with Goethe Institut, Alliance Française and Institut Français.

30.09.2021

Climate Challenge Cup innovation showcase and awards

No one can fight climate change alone. That is why the Climate Challenge Cup is celebrating civic research partnerships in the UK and US, where organisations are working collaboratively to tackle climate change.

This international competition is delivered by the research organisation, social investor and community practitioner, The Young Foundation, in the UK, and by MetroLab Network, a civic research and innovation collaborative, in the US.

We are delighted to invite you to an evening of inspiration, networking, and celebration at COP26.

Join us to discuss climate action and hear about innovative and scalable projects that are helping communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change, from wildfires to extreme flooding. You’ll also hear from partnerships helping cities achieve their net zero targets.

The event will culminate in an award ceremony, with an expert panel of judges including:
Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs
Daze Aghaji, Young UK Climate Justice Activist
Nicola Yates OBE, CEO of the Connected Places Catapult
Dr Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc
Professor Alex Halliday, Director of the Earth Institute and Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School

The Climate Challenge Cup is supported by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with grant funding, and by the City of Glasgow, as well as the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, Innovate UK, The University of Glasgow and Vertigo Ventures.

Find out more on www.climatechallengecup.com

30.09.2021

Climate Science at the top of the world – National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Expeditions

This session brings together science, exploration and storytelling to highlight the impact of climate change on mountain systems and glaciers – and the people who depend on them for water. We will start with a screening of Expedition Everest, the documentary that highlights the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition where dozens of scientists converge to investigate what secrets the world’s highest peak has to tell us about our changing climate. The notorious Khumbu Glacier is mapped in stunning detail, biologists study extreme lifeforms, and a team of Sherpas and climate scientists climb straight towards the “death zone” to install the highest weather station in the world.

The screening will be followed by an interview with Dr Tom Matthews, one of the scientists from the Everest Expedition.

The discussion will focus on: Why conducting science in the most extreme environments is important in understanding our changing world. What is happening at the roof of the world and critical, but vulnerable, “water towers”. How are local communities devising solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Dr Claire McNulty, the Europe lead for the National Geographic Society, will host the session and open the floor to audience questions.

30.09.2021

Feature Film: ‘The Salt In Our Waters’, an epic tale from Bangladesh’s climate frontlines – Certificate 15

Made with support from Director Spike Lee, ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ portrays an epic clash‐of cultures in a remote seaside village of Bangladesh, with the elemental conflict of land and sea, man and nature, serving as an interactive backdrop. What shines through the centre is filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s fascination with the bravery and devotion of the local Hilsha fishers. They are a people plagued by climate disruption, but not defined by it. The filmmaker invites everyone to experience the rich social diversity and cultural subtleties of their world rarely seen on the big screen.

The film features stunning monsoon visuals shot by Chananun Chotrungroj, a Spirit Award nominated Thai cinematographer. The film was edited by Academy Member Kristan Sprague whose latest film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH was nominated for six Oscars,
including Best Picture.

After the screening, please join Sumit and his team for a LIVE discussion about the latest tragedy unfolding in the fishing village.

“A THOUGHTFUL DEBUT”
Sight & Sound

“A TIMELY PORTRAIT OF THE OPPOSING FORCES
WHICH SHAPE OUR WORLD.”
Screen Daily

“A WONDERFUL MEDITATION ON MODERNITY,
CLIMATE CHANGE, FAMILY AND LOVE.”
RogerEbert.com

For more information, please visit: saltwatersfilm.com

30.09.2021

Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth with Oliver Jeffers

Join artist and author Oliver Jeffers for a screening of the Apple Original film “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” available
on Apple TV+.

After the film, Jeffers will lead families in an interactive discussion about Earth, in celebration of the place we call home.

Film Synopsis: On the eve of Earth Day, a precocious seven-year-old learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents- and a
mysterious exhibit at the aptly named Museum of Everything. Based on the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers.

30.09.2021

We cannot win on climate without winning on nature

Unilever will be hosting a film screening about action towards a nature positive, net zero world.

The event will explore a combination of solutions including the role of technology, use of data, engagement of people and partnerships.

This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with 4-5 participants with a possible Q&A with the audience.

30.09.2021

Polar Net Zero

This interactive event challenges young people around the globe to think about the part they can play in creating a low carbon future.
By questioning world-leading experts who are developing sustainable solutions to reduce energy use at British Antarctic Survey research stations school children will learn how human ingenuity, creativity, and technology can help people live with and adapt to climate change. Its key message to students is ‘you can help ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all’.

30.09.2021

Hope Springs Eternal – A Sonic Landscape

In our contribution to COP26, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has worked in partnership with Scotland House, Scotland’s international enterprise network, to stimulate global conversations and provide a diverse range of artistic responses to the climate change debate.

In a year of reflection, and focused on the goals of COP26, we have developed a multi-disciplinary programme of new works offering a creative response from our community of young artists at RCS – Hope Springs Eternal.

Climate change, and in particular adaptation, resilience and nature, are at the forefront of this specially commissioned series. These works share how a new generation of artists can respond to what is happening in the world, and to help us understand it, question it, mourn it, celebrate it, and learn from it.

Join us to enjoy a vibrant ensemble of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland guitarists performing music inspired by climate change. Each work will be performed alongside a newly commissioned film, inspired by the music, created by RCS Film students.

Our performance of music and film will include works by Leo Brouwer, Eddie McGuire and Philip Glass with each work purposely reflecting the constancy of change: we can either contribute positively to evolution by harmonising with nature and working together to forge a brighter future- or stand by in placid ignorance.

This performance will tour, travelling by bicycle, to small venues and schools in and around Glasgow as well as feature in the British Council-supported ‘Climate Portal’ that will act as a global portal to creativity, collaboration and conversation, connecting Scotland to the rest of the world.

Performers:
Tim Beattie
Finlay Hay
Dominika Dawidowska
Lenny Rannallo

30.09.2021

Minga Indígena Declaration Letter for COP26 Leaders

Minga Indígena, a civil society organization born in the Andes, brings Indigenous leaders—youth and elders— from all over the world. At COP26 they will present the first chapter of the docu-series “Aprendiendo a Ser Humanos. Learning To Be Human” produced alongside The Allianza, which features thirteen elders and protectors of the most iconic territories of the world sharing wisdom that is crucial to buffer extreme weather events across regions, with the intention of inspiring others. Three indigenous youth will then read and hand in a collective Letter to members of the IPCC and of the COP26 Presidency as well as the Champion, with a special request that their petitions be included in climate negotiations. The event will be followed by a press conference.

Minga Indigena, una organización de la sociedad civil gestada en los Andes, trae a la COP26 a líderes indígenas, jóvenes y ancianos, de todo el mundo. En este espacio presentará el primer capítulo del docu-serie producido junto con La Allianza “Aprendiendo a ser Humano” donde líderes indígenas mayores y jóvenes protectores de los territorios más emblemáticos del mundo comparten su sabiduría para evitar eventos climáticos extremos en las principales regiones del mundo, con la intención de inspirar a nuevos guardianes. Luego, tres jóvenes leerán y entregarán una Carta colectiva a los miembros del IPCC y de la Presidencia de la COP26 así como al Champion, con la solicitud especial de que sus peticiones se incluyan en las negociaciones. El evento será seguido por una conferencia de prensa.

30.09.2021

Do What You Must – an immersive scenario session

Do What You Must uses immersive narrative and interactivity to introduce participants to climate risk considerations in an engaging way. It is a collaboration between critically- acclaimed digital studio Fast Familiar and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer. The format – a blend of interactive discussion and digital ‘storytelling’ – is novel and engaging, and has resulted in articles in The Observer and New York Times.
A small group of participants take on the role of an advisory board to a North American ski conglomerate. Carefully crafted video ‘testimonies’ draw the audience into the scenario, equipping them with knowledge about the company – which, like all winter leisure providers, is severely affected by our changing climate. The participants review information and make decisions to safeguard the future of their fictional company. The activity’s bespoke control system alters the trajectory of the scenario in real time, in response to participant decisions. In a world full of uncertainty and competing values, how will they know the right thing to do?
Fast Familiar have created events in this format with partners as diverse as the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, NESTA and Chatham House. Do What You Must is a unique opportunity to rehearse adaptation and resilience in the face of climate risk. It has been developed with Professor Neville Morley, from Exeter University.
fastfamiliar.com | @fastfamiliar

30.09.2021

Do What You Must – an immersive scenario session

Do What You Must uses immersive narrative and interactivity to introduce participants to climate risk considerations in an engaging way. It is a collaboration between critically- acclaimed digital studio Fast Familiar and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer. The format – a blend of interactive discussion and digital ‘storytelling’ – is novel and engaging, and has resulted in articles in The Observer and New York Times.
A small group of participants take on the role of an advisory board to a North American ski conglomerate. Carefully crafted video ‘testimonies’ draw the audience into the scenario, equipping them with knowledge about the company – which, like all winter leisure providers, is severely affected by our changing climate. The participants review information and make decisions to safeguard the future of their fictional company. The activity’s bespoke control system alters the trajectory of the scenario in real time, in response to participant decisions. In a world full of uncertainty and competing values, how will they know the right thing to do?
Fast Familiar have created events in this format with partners as diverse as the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, NESTA and Chatham House. Do What You Must is a unique opportunity to rehearse adaptation and resilience in the face of climate risk. It has been developed with Professor Neville Morley, from Exeter University.
fastfamiliar.com | @fastfamiliar

30.09.2021

The nexus between gender-based climate adaptation and localisation – Lessons from Indonesia

Climate change is a global issue, but its impacts manifest at local levels and are experienced differently according to social and economic factors, the burden of which is inequality distributed. To be equitable, sustainable and inclusive, climate change adaptation must be locally led and owned.

Giving local people the right resources, agency, information, tools, and capabilities enables them to use their unique indigenous knowledge of local conditions to prioritise and design adaptation solutions that best suit their unique circumstances.

During this event, arranged by Islamic Relief Indonesia in collaboration with KONSEPSI, we will hear from communities struggling with the climate crisis and share examples of local adaptation practices from communities in Lombok, such as the use of indigenous knowledge to understand weather and climate patterns to make decisions about crops and farming practices.

A panel of experts, including representatives from local government and civil society organisations will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities in climate change mitigation and inclusive adaptation in local contexts. Drawing upon lessons learned from the province of West Nusa Tenggara, the panel will also discuss measures to mainstream gender-based climate change adaptation into local planning and budgeting as well as Indonesia’s progress on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation through Low Carbon Development and Climate Resilience Strategy.

The event will also share Islamic Relief Indonesia and KONSPSI’s experiences and lessons learned on gender-based climate change adaptation initiatives including learnings from the implementation of gender-based climate adaptation field schools in 3 targeted communities of rain-fed agriculture, salt production, and lobsters cultivation.

Panellists:

1. Ela Nurhayati (Senior Climate Change Adaptation Officer, Islamic Relief Indonesia)

2. Dr Mohamad Taqiuddin (Director, KONSEPSI)

Moderator:
1. Shahin Ashraf (Head of Global Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide)

30.09.2021

Wales and Uganda – collective communities action

For decades, people in Wales and the Mt Elgon region of Uganda have been exchanging ideas, sharing learning and working hand-in-hand to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing both the region and the world. Born from this friendship, Jenipher’s Coffi is a new brand of coffee that, by doing business differently, unites communities to take collective action against climate change.

Come to hear Jenipher share her story. As a leader of a cooperative of over 3,600 farmers, Jenipher’s faced with the challenge of securing their livelihoods and protecting their lives as they face climate change up close. Floods and mudslides arrive with ever more frequency, washing precious soil, crucial for growing quality coffee down the mountain. Alongside their pursuit of the highest quality coffee, the farmers are also on a mission to protect the soil and the environment.

Adopting agroforestry and organic principles over a decade ago, the farmers of the co-operative are an integral part of the Welsh Government’s 25 million tree planting scheme. Since its inception, the farmers have seen their coffee yield increase and the quality enhanced. By trading on Fairtrade terms and inspiring community-led action, supported by the Welsh Government, Jenipher’s Coffi is demonstrating that a holistic approach to growing commodities through small-scale farming can deliver climate justice.

Invited parties will participate in an open dialogue exploring how governments, business and communities can, through novel and innovative approaches work together to deliver on the climate agenda, and support the realisation of the UN sustainable development goals.

This interactive session will inspire, challenge and motivate action.

30.09.2021

All Together Now: Collaboration for Local Climate Action in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a post-conflict society with challenges which include: a lack of national Climate Legislation, a backlog in policy due to the three-year absence of the NI Assembly, shared resources across a European border and one third of the population living below the breadline, often in areas at most risk of being impacted by the climate crisis. Despite this, local authorities are supporting each other to develop climate action plans and improve governance, preparing for a collaborative, innovative and resilient future with best practice messages which are applicable across the UK and beyond.

This session will present practical examples of local and regional climate action from Northern Ireland, to explore:

  • How adaptation and resilience can be used as a catalyst for wider climate action and;
  • How regional networks can support action and the transfer of good practice between cities and regions on issues including adaptation and resilience, net zero cities, community engagement, finance and climate justice.

This session will be of interest to:

  • Adaptation Practitioners, network co-ordinators, and those involved in planning or organising climate action at a local, regional and national level.
  • UK and Republic of Ireland representatives seeking to know more about the NI context.
  • International stakeholders from regions and municipalities operating within greater than normal political tension and/or without national climate legislation.

Speakers:

  • Stephen Jones, Resilience Co-Ordinator, Climate Northern Ireland
  • Karen Smyth, Head of Policy and Governance, Northern Ireland Local Government Association
  • Cathy Burns, Climate Manager, Derry City and Strabane City Council
  • Richard McLernon, Project Co-ordinator, Climate Unit, Belfast City Council