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.


Traditional and Gaelic music

The Fèis Phàislig Ceilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for up-and-coming traditional musicians.

The projects aims to give musicians aged 16-25 an experience of life as a musician on the road as well as the opportunity to develop their stagecraft.

The group have recently recorded their album, ‘The Joy of It’, with a range of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes.

They are excited to share tracks from their new album at COP26 and to showcase the heritage and culture of Scotland through traditional and Gaelic music.



Plant Powered to Become Climate Positive

ekaterra, Unilever’s Tea Business, will be hosting an event to discuss how the best of science and nature can inspire innovations for the planet, by utilising the power of plants. From plant-based to biodegradable material in packaging, responsible businesses have a leadership role to play to reduce waste, restore biodiversity and natural ecosystems and reduce the impact of climate change. 

Screening films to remind the world of actions towards global goals and sustainable agriculture practices, ekaterra will share its well being promise for the environment and people. 

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


Advertising A Good Life in 2030

What does A Good Life in 2030 look and feel like?

Join us for the premiere of A Good Life 2030, a documentary exploring the link between advertising, consumption and climate change together with new
adverts for 2030 created by top advertising agencies. Hear talks from the Co-Founders of Purpose Disruptors exploring the tensions people in advertising feel at this moment and the role they can play in creating new visions of the future. Ones that we can move towards together, today.

DOCUMENTARY: A Good Life 2030
The documentary will show how people in the advertising industry who are the architects of desire can create desire for something different, a new ‘Good Life’.

See how new research by the Insight Climate Collective reveals how UK citizens have a clear vision of A Good Life in 2030 – they dream of a life filled with
connection not just consumption. Understand the shifts people in the industry think are necessary in response to this, drawn from imagination workshops with over 100 industry leaders – some of whom are featured in the documentary. Finally, see behind the scenes as top advertising agencies sprint to create ‘ads for 2030’ in response to the citizens’ visions.

ADVERTS for 2030
Be the first to see the new ‘adverts’ for 2030 that create compelling visions of the future, made for COP26 and screened here for the first time.

TALKS from Purpose Disruptors
The films will be accompanied by talks from Lisa Merrick-Lawless and Jonathan Wise, co-founders of Purpose Disruptors and ex-industry leaders. They will
share how their work is helping facilitate the change at the heart of the advertising industry and how this change is being led from within by a community of over 1,700 change agents.




Fix the economy to fix climate change: the role of the circular economy

We cannot fix climate change unless we transform the whole economy. The circular economy is a key part of the solution to tackle climate change and to fulfil the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.

In this session we will:

  • Explore how businesses can integrate the circular economy into their overall strategy and specifically their climate strategies, and showcase leading examples of this in practice.
  • Hear directly from leaders in the food and mobility sectors about how to pilot and scale up circular economy activities and stimulate cross value-
    chain collaboration.
  • Connect these examples and experiences with opportunities for policymakers to accelerate the circular economy transition through policies and investment.


Technology and Data Are Key to Save the Environment

Can technology and data fight climate change? The answer is an unequivocal YES! They must. Come experience how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics, cloud, 5G and IoT are being used to save the rainforests, protect the Great Barrier Reef, and drastically reduce the U.K.’s carbon footprint.

Every two seconds, an area of rainforests the size of a football field is destroyed. Deforestation accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions, making it a massive contributor to global warming, with up to 90% of deforestation attributed to illegal logging. Come see how Rainforest Connection and Hitachi are using AI and ML to analyze eco-acoustic data to predict and prevent illegal logging in rainforests.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Come hear how a local banana farmer from North Queensland is using data-driven IoT technology from Hitachi to build a sustainable farming operation, so they can do their part to preserve this natural wonder.

Modern transport systems have made our global natural wonders accessible to so many. But, as one of the biggest contributors to climate change emissions, the transport sector now needs to decarbonise to protect the natural world it has made so accessible. Learn how we are using data and technology to help the mass transport transformation towards electric vehicles, and supporting a sustainable world for all.


  • Gajen Kandiah, Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Vantara
  • Topher White, CEO & Founder, Rainforest Connection & representatives from Sumatra
  • Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation, UK Power Networks
  • Gavin Devaney, Managing Director, Bartle Frere Bananas


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.


Unlocking Climate Solutions: From the Pacific Islands to the Arctic, why Indigenous knowledge must take centre stage.

The Pacific Islands are under threat. Climate change has led to warmer waters, changing weather patterns, flooding and coral bleaching, and many islands are predicted to be lost to rising seas within our lifetime. Simultaneously, the Arctic is warming quicker than any other region on Earth and Arctic cultures are experiencing the devastating erosion of their land as ice caps continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Despite the vast geographical distance between the Arctic and Pacific Islands, it is striking that many of the challenges facing these communities as a consequence of the climate crisis are the same, yet both were largely ignored when they raised the alarm decades ago. It is now time for their voices to be heard.

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Republic of Palau, is hosting an immersive panel at the Cinema Auditorium.The discussion will surround the symbiotic relationship between people and nature, highlighting the importance of amplifying and learning from the voices and work of Indigenous communities when it comes to the safeguarding of our natural world. Featuring speakers hailing from both Arctic and Pacific Island communities, this panel will serve to highlight the key learnings in adaptation and resilience from these two unique communities.


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.

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For more information, please visit: saltwatersfilm.com


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.


Hear from Steve Backshall and watch exclusive screening of ‘Shark with Steve Backshall’

Watch exclusive screening of new Sky Nature show Shark with Steve Backshall, a revelatory series that celebrates the wonder of sharks as a key part of keeping our oceans and planet healthy. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Backshall.


Indigenous calls for climate action – A screening of 4 documentary films giving voice to Indigenous Peoples from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Myanmar

The event will give the audience a unique insight into Indigenous knowledge holders’ reflections on the climate crisis. The voices of Indigenous women, men and youth from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Myanmar will be heard at this screening of award-winning documentaries by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs – IWGIA. The audience will also be given the opportunity to ask questions to Indigenous representatives as well as to the producer.

The Indigenous testimonies in the documentary films will make the audience put aside the negotiation texts for a moment, and refocus on the real and urgent reason of why we are gathered at COP 26. The reflections and wisdoms by Indigenous knowledge holders will provide insights into Indigenous Peoples’ environmental stewardship and sustainable living from which society ought to listen and learn.

IWGIA is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The event is co-organised by Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), an Indigenous Peoples organisation from Myanmar, and the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW) from Peru.

The documentary films will have Spanish/English subtitles/dubbing, and interpretation will be provided for the Q&A session.


Fast Forward, a series of short films that explore five artists’ dreams for a regenerative world

Founded by contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun is a nonprofit organization that works to deliver affordable clean energy solutions and inspire climate action. In this session, Little Sun will screen its latest culture project, Fast Forward, a series of short films that explore five artists’ dreams for a regenerative world.

Featuring voices from Ethiopia, Senegal, and the United States, the series turns an often data-driven and technically heavy conversation surrounding the climate crisis into an open, intimate dialogue, creating new motivation for change.

Following the screening, Fast Forward’s curator Alex McClure will host a conversation about the role of art in stewarding a just transition to a net-zero world.


Generation Earthshot : Discover What It Takes To Win An Earthshot Prize

What does it take to win a £1m Earthshot Prize? Where
do ideas come from and how can you come up with
solutions to repair the planet?

All these questions and
more will be explored in an interactive event for school
students (aged 10-14) to meet and find out more about
some of the 2021 Earthshot Prize Finalists.

The Finalists will be interviewed by representatives of
“Generation Earthshot” – young climate champions.
They will also explore why learning should always be the
first step to action and share their own tips for getting
involved in the climate and environment movement.

This event will mix live and digital participation through
panels, interviews, teaching and film.


Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future

SSE will premiere Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future, a film celebrating the rich heritage of hydro power and looking ahead to its vital role in combating climate change. The film will look at the transformative social and economic impact hydro power had on the north of Scotland following WW2, the continued role it plays and the potential for this almost 80-year-old technology to support a decarbonised electricity grid.  Following the film’s premiere there will be a panel event with UK and international experts discussing hydro’s role in reducing carbon emissions.