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.

12.10.2021

​S​tartups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

11.10.2021

Startups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

08.10.2021

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.

 

08.10.2021

A conversation with Fridays for Future – Meet the Youth Activists from around the world

A panel event with youth activists from MAPA Counties ( The Most Affected People and Areas) and Fridays for Future Scotland.

An exciting panel filled with Young People from Fridays for Future Scotland and The Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA) in regards to the climate crisis.

MAPA are people who are primarily from the global south though it is not limited to just this. They are people who are on the front lines of the climate crisis and whose lives will be impacted the most by the decisions carried out by world leaders at this conference.

Fridays for Future Scotland is the Scottish branch of the international network of youth climate activists that was started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg. In 2019, Fridays for Future Scotland mobilised over 40,000 students in Scotland who were striking from School and University to demand climate action.

01.10.2021

RSNO Junior Chorus

Join one of the UK’s leading children and youth choirs for a performance of songs inspired by climate change. Directed by Patrick Barrett, members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus will perform a selection of Green Songs by Bob Chilcott and a trio of Assembly Songs by Errollyn Wallen, Shruthi Rajasekar and Claire McCue, specially commissioned for COP26.

01.10.2021

RSNO Junior Chorus

Join one of the UK’s leading children and youth choirs for a performance of songs inspired by climate change. Directed by Patrick Barrett, members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus will perform a selection of Green Songs by Bob Chilcott and a trio of Assembly Songs by Errollyn Wallen, Shruthi Rajasekar and Claire McCue, specially commissioned for COP26.

30.09.2021

Construction: The Built Environment

Construction: The Built Environment and Construction Sector accounts for 38% of global Carbon Emissions: Come and learn how the Construction Leadership Council’s Construct Zero industry-change programme is targeting the most impactful actions to mitigate this, leading the industry’s charge to meeting the Prime Minister’s 2035 Net Zero target.

The event will be co-chaired by a leading Government Minister and a young professional from the construction industry and feature Andrew Griffith MP (PM’s Net Zero Champion).

Are you a policy maker or Government figure who wants to maximise your impact in reaching Net Zero? Our analysis will cut through the hype to define the areas across the Built Environment where policy and legislative change can really make a difference.

Are you a business, wanting to become Net Zero but need to understand the benefits and how to go about doing so? Our Business Champions, drawn from across the sector will tell their story and show you how.

Are you a young professional and want to play your part? Your voice is crucial to delivering Net Zero- we will discuss why young people should care; what are the key platforms to engage them and how; and what does the future of the construction sector look like.

As industry leaders, your role in shaping and developing the approach is vital. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion featuring prominent CEO’s discussing:

– the global challenges of delivering Net Zero in the Built Environment
– the combined power of industry and Government in delivering Net Zero
– how the future of the construction sector will pivot to meet the challenge

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

Creating youth-led solutions: Sharing stories and insight with YMCA, film premiere and panel

Join one of the world’s largest youth organisations, YMCA, as it premieres its short film, commissioned exclusively for COP26, documenting the story of how young leaders on each continent are innovating local solutions to the climate crisis.

In 2019, YMCA launched the Youth-Led Solutions initiative, to mentor, train and support the development of young people’s solutions to issues of climate justice, employment and mental health.

In 2020, YMCA held its first Summit on climate action, subsequently funding 35 new youth-led initiatives around the world. This film premiere will highlight just some of their projects, the journey so far, and the work that young people are doing to be ambassadors for social change. Hear from young people installing vermicomposting and tackling electronic waste in Hawaii; see their work in Peru where addressing poor sanitisation and inorganic waste has led to addressing income inequity; witness a cross-cultural collaboration between young people in Albay, Philippines and Michigan, USA to train a new generation of eco-leaders; learn about community-led reforestation in the Western Balkan forests of Kosovo; watch as young people create micro-green spaces across Ramallah, Palestine; and discover how curriculum-based climate art projects are utilising up-cycled waste in schools in Zambia.

A panel discussion will follow the premiere featuring young leaders and guests from around the world. For more than 175 years, YMCA has convened young people in every corner of the world, today working with more than 60 million people, in 120 countries. In more recent years, young leaders have been working alongside YMCA, harnessing its global impact, to mobilise solutions to inequalities and injustices in communities everywhere.

30.09.2021

Formula E Change. Accelerated. Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Over the last seven years, the ABB FIA Formula World Championship has developed into the pinnacle of electric motor racing and sits at the intersection of technology, high performance and sustainability. And this is only the beginning.

After starting as nothing more than a collection of notes on a napkin for an all-electric street racing series, Formula E has become the world’s most progressive sport driving electric vehicles to the fore in the race for a better, cleaner future.

Hear from some of the world’s best racing drivers, brands and industry pioneers on how racing through the streets of the most iconic cities in the world is leading the way in using sport to deliver a future we can embrace.

Whether it is developing the battery technology used in road-vehicles around the world, shining a light on environmental issues we must address, ensuring all walks of life are given equal opportunities or partnering with global organisations to inspire change, Formula E remains the planet’s favourite sport.

This unique, interactive session will provide insight and opportunity to engage with the key stakeholders at the forefront of a new approach to sport and fan engagement.

30.09.2021

Talking about Our Generation: putting younger generations in charge of the switch to sustainable energy & transportation

Following a film premiere with Fully Charged and National Grid where young people document their hopes, dreams and fears for climate change, we invite you to join a riveting panel, with TV presenter Robert Llewellyn speaking to youngsters as we put them in charge of the switch to sustainable energy and transportation.

Hear their thoughts on:

  • Whether we are making progress fast enough
  • Where they want to see focused efforts when it comes to cleaning up transport
  • What they want those in charge now to do to protect their future.

This won’t be your ordinary panel talking to experts – we will be flipping things around so future generations have their say on what shape the world should take when it comes to energy supply and driving the future of transport.

30.09.2021

ClimateScience Olympiad 21 award ceremony with Jane Goodall | $10,000 prize for young climate solvers

Over 12,000 brilliant youth from all continents took part in the 2021 ClimateScience Olympiad to find solutions to climate change. Today, along with exciting keynotes from Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Renate Christ (fmr. Director of the IPCC), the three winning teams will be announced and receive their share of ClimateScience’s $10,000 prize pool.

ClimateScience (www.ClimateScience.org) is a global charity providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to millions of people worldwide via children’s books, teaching resources for schools, competitions like the ClimateScience Olympiad (https://climatescience.org/olympiad/), social media (https://www.instagram.com/climate_science/) , and animated videos on TV. All this is possible thanks to our incredible team of over 1,000 volunteers in over 30 countries.

30.09.2021

Youth Are Leading: The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect is a film made by young people from the UK and South Africa on the ways – sometimes less obvious – in which climate change impacts are affecting them where they live, right now.

Emphasising the unique experiences of their age group, the documentary features interviews, vlogs and mini films created by the young people, who also narrate. Water-related impacts are a key theme: in the UK, children talk about their experiences of flooding, while in South Africa water shortages are a major issue. Cutting across all of the experiences is the deep concern the young people share about their futures, their families, the destruction of the natural environment and climate justice.

The film is a collaborative effort from a team including University of Leeds, Leeds City Council, the Yorkshire and Humber Youth Work Unit, Regional Youth Climate Assembly, the Place-based Climate Action Network, British Youth Council, and Youth@SAIIA (the South African Institute of International Affairs youth programme). It is produced by filmmaker Paul Cooke (Professor of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds) but fundamentally shaped by the young people involved.

The Ripple Effect is a product of a youth summit held in April 2021 for Connecting Voices for Climate Action, organised by the University of Leeds. The summit provided the impetus for continuing the cultural exchange and the young people have worked together through a series of online workshops, as well as independently, to produce the final documentary and accompanying social media campaign.

The showing will be followed by a presentation and Q&A with a group of the young filmmakers, who will share their own experiences of making the film and working internationally, and talk about what motivated them to get involved in the project and how they want to influence local, as well as global decision-makers.

30.09.2021

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.