Citizens from the Global Assembly present their proposals

Join the people involved in the Global Citizens’ Assembly to find out more about how a snapshot of the world population is being brought together to learn and deliberate on the climate and ecological crisis.

Global Assembly team members, Susan Nakyung Lee, Claire Mellier and Rich Wilson, will be joined live by citizens from across the world, who are taking part in the Global Assembly process to deliberate on the question:
“How can humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way?”

The event will introduce the citizens’ proposals developed during the deliberative process in the run up to Glasgow.

It will be an opportunity to bring the lived experience of those citizens to the heart of COP26.

You will meet cultural figures from across the world who are lending their support to the initiative, including Oscar winner Sir Mark Rylance.

You will also find out how communities across the world can run their own local Community Assemblies, and how a ‘cultural wave’ will bring the Global Assembly into the lives of citizens through art and culture. There will be plenty of opportunities for interactive exchanges between the audience and the speakers.

To find out more about the Global Assembly in advance of our Green Zone event, have a look at our website, follow us on social media, and join us on November 1st to hear directly from the citizens making this initiative a reality.



Tagore and the Environment

Join Dr Bashabi Fraser CBE for this insight into the wisdom of Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but he was also an environmentalist with a global perspective. Rabindranath and his circle’s ecological consciousness is as relevant today as ever. His legacy can be seen in current sustainability policies. His spirit is alive in all voices calling for climate justice and urgent reform.

‘We may become powerful by knowledge, but we attain fullness by sympathy. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.’
-Rabindranath Tagore, ‘My School’

Bashabi Fraser is also an award winning poet with a global vision. This is an event to refresh and nourish our minds and spirits, from one of Scotland’s finest academics and co-founder of the Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (ScoTs). Followed by audience discussion.

The event is hosted by the Junor Gallery, which had a presence in the heart of St Andrews, Scotland from 2017 to 2020 and is now online. Its open door policy with its focus on art and poetry, discussion and debate honours the vital role of culture in reflecting on our experience and effecting social change.


The Welfare of the Earth is our Welfare

Climate protection is the litmus test for sustainability in the 21st century and faith leaders in Africa and across the world. Faith leaders will not remain silent as people continue to suffer from the effects of climate change. Faith leaders and faith communities are pushing for higher ambition and commitments for touchable action to confront the threat posed. The faith communities are as much affected, and its followers suffer as much from the effects of rising temperatures, excessive droughts, changing weather patterns, conflicts arising from competition for resources such as grazing lands etc, cyclones and excessive flooding.

In communities and at the policy level, faith leaders are among those at the forefront to work on adaption and resilience but also calling for attention to the implementation of the Paris agreement in a way that runs deep – and now. For COP 26 and beyond AACC continues to mobilise faith leaders in Africa to push for high ambition and implementation now. In this vein, the AACC is hosting this event to which faith leaders will present their voices on the situation in Africa, including some of the step’s faith communities, have taken to tackle climate change from an adaption and resilience perspective. These stories/perspectives are expected to be shared from the five regions of Africa. The event will also highlight key asks from the AACC / Faith Communities in Africa.


Faith in Action to strengthen community-led and gender inclusive adaptation for climate justice

To be sustainable and just, climate adaptation efforts need to be gender inclusive and locally led. Faith-based actors are an integral part of crisis-affected communities, and are present before, during and after a climate induced crisis. What role does the faith perspective play, and what is needed to allow and spur faith actors to be a positive force for ensuring gender and climate justice?

The needed agreements, principles and plans are already in place. These include the Gender Action Plan adopted at COP25, and the Principles of locally-led adaptation formulated by World Resources Institute (WRI) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), to which Islamic Relief and Act Church of Sweden were among the first signatories. Faith is a frame of values, ethics, attitudes and behaviours which is an important foundation for understanding and assessing climate action and societal transformation.

However, progress is slow and climate finance is lacking. It is high time to transform words into action.

During this event, arranged by Islamic Relief Sweden in collaboration with Act Church of Sweden, we will share examples of climate adaptation from local contexts and listen to the experience of communities affected by climate change. A panel of experts, including representatives of faith-based organisations, will provide comment on current efforts to transform policies into action. We will discuss the interconnections between locally-led climate adaptation, gender-responsive programming and faith, and what can be done by faith actors and others to put affected people at the centre of discussions on adaptation, inclusive decision-making and accountability. Drawing on the inter-religious statement “Sacred People, Sacred Earth”, we will explore what can be done by faith actors and the international community to ensure that faith becomes a catalytic force for climate- and gender justice for crisis-affected people and communities.

Dr Antjé Jackelén, Archbishop, Church of Sweden.
Sheikh Hassan Rabbani, Imam, chair of Scottish Muslim Forum.
Patriciah Roy Akullo, climate and gender expert, DanChurchAid, Uganda,
Nouhad Awwad, Ummah for Earth Project Campaigner, Greenpeace-MENA
Waseem Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Relief Worldwide
Erik Lysén, Director, Act Church of Sweden
Shahin Ashraf MBE – Head of Global Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide


Faiths together for carbon neutral cities: an interfaith panel discussion with grassroots leaders

The panel will include Amandeep Kaur Mann (EcoSikh UK), Rajesh Purohit (Hindu Climate Action), Kamran Shezad (Bahu Trust) and Olivia Fuchs (Eco Dharma Network). It will be followed by a response from Olivia Hanks, a Quaker representative from Faith for the Climate’s Steering Group, and chaired by Canon Giles Goddard, founder and Chair of Faith for the Climate and member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group.

The panel members are part of the Faith for the Climate capacity building project – a unique case study of the power of interfaith and intra-faith collaboration on climate action in cities and the built environment. Action on climate change is urgent, but it is also a new and confusing area for many people, who need an entry point to feel connected to the issue and to take ownership of their responses and contributions.

The four partner organisations have strong relationships with diasporic communities within their cultural and religious traditions, including in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North America, Europe, East Africa and Southeast Asia. This event will showcase how emerging grassroots leaders from minority backgrounds in the UK have transformed and empowered themselves and their communities to take more effective climate action.


Are Religious Leaders Rising to the Climate Challenge?

The Commonwealth Jewish Council recognises that religion is one of the most potent and motivating forces in human society. Unfortunately, far too often the power of religious communities is overlooked in international affairs and only perceived as a source of trouble rather than idealistic action for the good of Humankind. If religions and their leaders are not on board with the need to address climate change, arguably, huge proportions of the world’s population will not be moved to take the matter seriously.

This panel will explore not only what religions have to say about the topic but, more importantly, what religions are doing and can do to improve the world on this front.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
The Rt. Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading
Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Chaired by CEO of the CJC Clive Lawton OBE JP