Weathering the Storm: Scottish Poets Discuss Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation

Three Scottish poets, Roseanne Watt from Shetland, with Pàdraig MacAoidh and Donald S. Murray, both from Lewis, will give readings of their work which reflects the challenges faced by island communities due to climate change and the ecological degradation it causes.

They also represent the diverse linguistic traditions of the Scottish islands which have persisted to this day despite many hardships and offer an insight into their unique form of resilience. The readings will be in English, Scottish Gaelic and Shetlandic with accompanying text for the English speaking and D/deaf audience members.

We wish to extend a warm welcome to all of the delegates and visitors to the COP especially to the indigenous peoples from around the world and hope that you will be able to attend. Ceud mìle fàilte! The event is chaired by Drew McNaughton, poet and former events coordinator for the Scottish Poetry Library and committee member of Seachdain na Gàidhlig.

We are grateful for the support of the Gaelic Books Council, Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Poetry Library. This event is also one of a number that have emerged out of Possible Dialogues, a collaboration between artists and indigenous people from Colombia and Scotland.


NATURE AIN’T A LUXURY – Why Young Black & Brown People feel alienated from Nature in the UK & the West Presented by Artist & Musician Louis VI

Expect a mixture of live music, film from Louis himself, talks, a diverse interactive panel of brilliant young POC Experts & Climate Activists exploring why people of colour in the UK & the West have been purposefully alienated & disconnected from the Natural world & what we’re doing about it.

Through music & film and discussion we will explore the delicate balance between destruction and harmony of humans with nature from a British Black, Brown & People of Colour perspective & how we can learn from the past to move forward. Curated by Louis VI a young mixed race musician from London, Zoology Graduate, film maker & presenter & quickly becoming known as a strong voice Climate Activism from a diaspora perspective after his Father’s ancestral island of Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Expect an open & exciting 90mins on what the young generation desperately feel needs to happen at COP26 and for Climate Change around the world with an emphasis on possibility, race, accountability & science

The Panel will include the incredible activists:

Nadeem Perera, (Flock Together) – A birdwatcher, who lends his 13 years of expertise to Flock Together, a birding watching group combating the underrepresentation of POC in nature. He has hit the seas with Greenpeace UK and works closely with underprivileged youth, showing them the benefits of nature. @birdnerdeem

Dr Mya-Rose Craig (Birdgirl) Environmentalist, climate and race activist @birdgirluk

Dominique Palmer, climate justice activist and student, an organiser in Fridays for Future, the global youth movement for climate action (@domipalmer)

Sumak Helena Gualinga, (Polluters Out & Tandari) Indigenous Environmental & Human rights Activist powerhouse from the Kichwa Sarayaku community in Ecuador, highlighting Indigenous and Environmental plights in the Amazon @helenagualinga

Chris Hines MBE Hon.D.Sc. (A Grain Of Sand & co-founder of Surfers Against Sewage), Environmental critic, Sustainability director at Eden Project, Environmental Activist and campaigner for over 30 years. http://www.agos.co/

As well as Louis J. Butler (Louis VI) himself, Musician, Environmental Activist & Filmmaker, Zoologist & Nature geek (@itslouisvi)


A just rural transition towards sustainable agriculture and halting deforestation and conversion from agricultural commodities – Working collaboratively to deliver for climate, nature and people

Food and land use systems currently contribute up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally. They are also the biggest driver of deforestation, conversion of natural ecosystems and habitats, and biodiversity loss.

Tackling these challenges whilst providing sustainable resilient livelihoods for food producers and nutritious, affordable food for a growing global population is therefore a critical challenge for this decade.

The Just Rural Transition (JRT) and Tropical Forest Alliance jointly present this technical event in support of the COP26 Nature Campaign. This event builds on two high-level events in the morning of Nature Day to announce ambitions and actions by members states and other stakeholders to reform agriculture and land use and take global action on forests and critical ecosystems.

It provides a platform for technical experts and representatives from governments, private sector, farmers, research organisations and other stakeholders to discuss options to contribute towards just rural transitions and deforestation-free commodity supply chains around the world. It showcases and celebrates our campaign successes and centres the perspective of producers, rural and indigenous groups, and the wider community.


“where were you / when the seas / were warming?” A Young Poets Network showcase with People Need Nature

Join us as ten award-winning young poets speak out against climate injustice and call for natural and humane solutions to the climate crisis.

We’ll hear from the winners of the Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis Challenge, run by The Poetry Society’s global Young Poets Network in partnership with People Need Nature. Writers aged 15-24 from across the UK, Canada, India, Philippines and USA will perform urgent new work.

Performing in person will be first-prize winner Maggie Wang, commended poets Aliyah Begum, Renée Orleans-Lindsay and Daniel Clark, and local Foyle Young Poet Mags Dixon. We’ll also beam in performances from the other winners across the globe: Jayant Kashyap, Brooke Nind, Sabrina Guo, Irma Kiss Barath and Yvanna Vien Tica.

Thanks to People Need Nature, poet Louisa Adjoa-Parker (who set the Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis Challenge) has worked closely with children at Damers School in Poundbury, Dorset. A short film of the children performing poetry about their feelings towards the climate crisis will be broadcast during the showcase.

Founded in 1909, The Poetry Society is the UK’s leading organisation for poetry. With innovative education and commissioning programmes, and a packed calendar of performances, competitions and digital projects, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. Young Poets Network is its online platform for young poets worldwide up to the age of 25. poetrysociety.org.uk

People Need Nature is a charity which promotes the value of nature for people in their everyday lives. PNN also work to influence public thinking and policy to place a greater value on nature. peopleneednature.org.uk

This is the fourth partnership between Young Poets Network and People Need Nature, generously supported by Mrs J R King.


I stand for what I stand on

I stand for what I stand on is a dramatic presentation by four young climate activists from Gloucester supported by a global digital cast and produced by Strike A Light. Drawing on autobiographical experiences,a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and cardboard protest signs, this event shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the climate emergency and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate crisis.

Strike A Light are an arts organisation based in the South West committed to making culture and creativity accessible to all and co-creating work with communities that has significant social impact. Strike a Light have been working with these young climate strikers since 2019 and I stand for what I stand on is touring nationally in 2021 supported by Arts Council England.


Can Soaps spread the word on climate change?

Continuing Drama has a long and proud history of tackling social issues on screen, breaking down complicated often divisive subjects for its audience and helping viewers to explore topics through the eyes of their favourite characters.

So can our soaps help save the planet? What is their role in bringing the complex issues that surround sustainability to our audiences (the masses)? And how can they empower communities to understand and debate the role they can play to mitigate the effects of climate change, if they choose to?

This inspiring session will bring together producers and talent from the UK’s most loved soaps to talk about the creative challenge they’re facing and how they’re tackling it.

Jane Hudson, Executive Producer, Emmerdale
Nader Mabadi, Senior Emmerdale Production Manager
Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios
Rebecca Ramsden, Writer, Hollyoaks
Sean Batty, Broadcaster, STV


Corey Baker Dance Presents: Renewable Moves

Movement is fueled, and inspired, by renewable energy in this new dance experience from multi-award winning choreographer, filmmaker and director Corey Baker.

Renewable Moves harnesses the urgency of the moves we must all collectively make towards renewable energy. Embodied by world-class dancers, the message behind Renewable Moves is clear, simple and fun; an engaging and accessible event for audiences of all ages.

In addition to a live dance performance, Renewable Moves features a stunning dance film, filmed in the Scottish Highlands, that marries the beauty, mystery and majesty of the dancers, the landscape, and the engineering marvels of a wind farm.

Dancers (Live Performance): Emma Holt, Lauren Jenkins, Luke Hodkinson, Sam Reeves
Dancers (Film): Emma Holt, Lauren Jenkins, Luke Hodkinson, Sam Reeves, Jacob Wye, Jenna Anne Nathan, Ena Yamaguchi, Joey Barton, Harry Ondrak-Wright,
Beatboxer: Bigg Taj
Choreographer/Director: Corey Baker
Assistant Choreographer: Joey Barton
Dramaturge: Amy Baty
Stage Manager: Mickey Graham
Producer: Susan Hay
Education Officer: Hayley Earlam
Costumes and Styling: Pia Gloria
Film producers: Anne Beresford, Lindsey Douglas, Ali Ellam
Development Producer: Clare Lee Davis
Executive Producer: Tim Wood

With thanks to Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Falck Renewables, Scottish Renewables, Achlain and Aberchalder Estates and MC Overalls.


Fear of the Green Planet

Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia and participatory music project by Co-Founder of May Project Gardens and Artist KMT Freedom Teacher; permeating the whole-systems thinking that permaculture inspires. Launching the development of a new genre that advocates for solutions oriented social and climate justice.

This project is a full length album through the creation of new tracks, music videos and performances etc. Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia art project consisting of (a) music tracks, (b) Presentations, (c) Participatory Live Performance, (d) Online Showreel performance, (e) Question and Answer and (f) Demonstrations. Inspired by 15 years of Grassroots Community Eco Solutions via May Project Gardens (Award Winning Community Hub) that reconnects people to Nature for Personal, Social, Economic Transformation and still operates from a council house in South London (which was self funded for 9 years).

Hip-Hop Garden (award-winning inner city youth programme) reconnects young people to nature via 5 key modules which includes wellbeing, employability and entrepreneurship. ‘Come We Grow’ events are an immersive celebration of our creative approach to environmentalism. Bee Rooted Consultancy’s approach to diversity and inclusion via training and consultancy is rooted in and supported by nature. D&I sessions are held at May Project Gardens, making use of the garden.

Moreover, nature is utilised as a lens through which to view diversity and inclusion in a seldomly appreciated way. Specifically, sessions are underpinned by a Permaculture design methodology which is based on whole-systems thinking and informed by ethics (caring for the earth, caring for people and equity). Permaculture principles 10: Use and value diversity and 11: Use edges and value the marginal are of particular relevance, demonstrating that diversity is implicit in healthy thriving ecosystems – as it should be in human communities.


“Walk the Talk to Talk the Walk” After 500 miles & 55 days on the road

Meeting Ground Theatre & Faith-bridge ‘Camino to Cop” invite travellers from around the world to share stories, songs & poetry of Resilience & Hope for the Future.

Featuring Coat of Hopes “Stitching Event”, Fiddlers Carolyne Francis & Anne Wood, & The Old Crone & her apron of spells!


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



Musicians In Exile

Musicians in Exile, Glasgow’s asylum seeking and refugee musicians, perform their homelands’ music, with new songs created for COP26 about climate change’s impact on refugees.

With Eyve Madyise from Zimbabwe, Jose Rojas from Chile, Midya Jan from Syria, Aref Ghorbani and Milad Gharibi from Iran, Angaddeep & Param Singh Vig from India/Afghanistan and Calum Ingram from Scotland.

Founded in 2018, this group provides free instruments, rehearsal space, travel expenses and gigs to Scotland’s most vulnerable musicians. Shortlisted for this year’s European, and The Herald, Diversity Awards, a project of The Glasgow Barons, Govan’s orchestra www.glasgowbarons.com


Feminist Action for Climate Justice

Feminists and grassroots activists are at the frontlines of movements and solutions addressing the climate crisis around the world. They are forging pathways towards true climate justice, centered around human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. In this session, they come together to share stories of fierce struggle, enduring hope and lessons on working in solidarity for change.