Welcome to the third edition of The Rising Clyde, a newsletter from the COP26 Coalition! Thanks for all the positive feedback we received on our first two newsletters. Remember that this is made by Coalition members, so feel free to submit articles, resources, videos, and other spirit-lifting links here! For now though, enjoy this edition. We recommend reading it accompanied by Scottish folk legend Dick Guaghan singing for Maya Angelou.
August is traditionally a slow month in the UK as people look to take a break. But as Bob Marley once noted, “the people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off.” So the collective work of the Coalition has carried on.
All working groups are now orienting themselves towards this November, when COP26 was originally scheduled. To mark the moment and build momentum for the coming year, the Coalition is organising something akin to a virtual people’s summit from 12 to 16 November. The project team is now discussing everything from a name for the event, to which platforms to use, to the format, themes, and programme.
With so many Coalition meetings taking place, things can quickly get confusing. Which is why we have created a shared calendar to make it easier to find the dates and details for upcoming meetings and events. Be sure to join the #onlinesummit channel on Slack!
Speaking of upcoming events… we are very pleased to finally announce that registration is now open for our online speaker series, “Boiling Point: Everything you ever wanted to know about international climate change negotiations but were too afraid to ask.”
In this series of six one hour-long webinars we will explore the basics of international climate change politics and the infamous COP, or “Conference of the Parties.” Activists, policy analysts and journalists with years of experience working behind the scenes of major summits will share their knowledge of the history and process of the talks as well as the major issues and main players. The Boiling Point series will run weekly on Thursdays from 17th September through 22nd October. Get your free tickets to be sure you receive more details about the event, and invite your friends and colleagues!
Mark your calendars (we have already marked our collective calendar!) for the next All-Coalition Assembly which will take place on 23rd September from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Call-in details will be shared via email and on the Coalition’s Slack workspace.
Keep your calendars open because there are 2 other really cool events we wanted to share with you. Although not organised by the Coalition both events promise to be really interesting for all Coalition members. The first event, “Disruption, Decarbonisation, Reparations,” will take place on the 2nd and 3rd September and is organised by the Research in Global Governance Network at the University of Warwick. The second event, “Framing Climate Justice: what have we learnt?” organised by PIRC, NEON, and 350.org will take place at 4pm BST on the 16th September.