07 Oct 2021
Why go to Glasgow?
Glasgow will be a great opportunity to meet other campaigners, share skills and stories and take action together – right in the heart of the city where negotiations are taking place. We’re encouraging people to come for the middle weekend of the talks (Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November), but you’re of course free to organise your trip as you see fit.
We'll be hosting a webinar on 13 November for those joining us in Scotland, plus pre-trip briefings. Email us at [email protected] if you’re planning to be in Glasgow.
The plan for the weekend
Over the middle weekend of COP (5-7 November) we’ll be getting to know one another and taking action together. Here’s what the plan looks like:
- Informal get-togethers where we can meet others in the network, and briefings to find out everything you need to know about the actions planned. The first get together is scheduled for 6pm on Friday 5 November near the hostel booked out for activists from across the FOE federation.
- On Saturday afternoon we’ll take part in the Global Day of Action demonstration in Glasgow where we’ll march through the streets and hear from some great speakers.
- After we march through Glasgow for the main demo, we’ll reconvene early on Saturday evening for the Friends of the Earth Family Gathering. This will be a chance to hear from people all over the world campaigning with Friends of the Earth. Think inspiring talks, great music, delicious food and great people. There’s even talk of a ceilidh!
- On Sunday you’ll have a chance to take part in a joint action with Friends of the Earth Scotland to shine a light on a key issue: North Sea oil and gas. We’ll need lots of people to make this happen.
- The People's Summit kicks off on the Sunday and will last four days. The summit will act as an alternative space to the formal negotiations, where civil society and grassroots networks share and explore solutions to the climate crisis. This year, the People's Summit will be a hybrid event with workshops and talks taking place both in person in Glasgow and online. We'll share a link to the list of workshops as soon as it's available.
Travel and accommodation
We’ve secured a hostel for activists from across the Friends of the Earth Federation, and those in need of accommodation have let us know. If you are still in need of a space to stay, but didn’t complete the survey – there might still be a chance we have a bed spare, so email [email protected]. Please note you need to be a member of a Friends of the Earth Local Group Climate Action Group to join us in our accommodation. For those who have access needs we’ll be looking into ensuring fully accessible accommodation.
We ask that you book your own travel to Glasgow. We’ll be able to subsidise the cost of your train or bus up to a certain sum, and you'll be reimbursed as soon as possible once the climate talks have finished. Please make sure you arrive in Edinburgh in time for the briefing at 6pm on Friday evening. You are welcome to stay with us on Sunday evening and head home on Monday, but you’ll need to let us know, thanks.
If you have any questions about events and actions happening in Glasgow, haven’t yet let us know you’ll be there, or would like to see if we have any beds left in the accommodation, please email [email protected].
And if you are joining us, make sure you attend the COP26: What to expect in Glasgow webinar on 13 October at 6pm.
The best way to keep up to date as plans progress, across all of the work on COP26, is to bookmark this page and check back or ask on the #glasgow_climatetalks channel on Slack.