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Peace and Climate at COP26

Peace and Climate at COP26

From 1 to 12 November 2021, Glasgow will host one of the world's most significant conferences on environment and climate change, known as COP26.

COP26 must not pass by without world leaders getting to grips with the massive climate damage done by war and preparations for war. Peace organisations across Scotland and around the world demand action on all forms of conflict and militarism, including a complete end to nuclear weapons -- without this, there will be no possibility of an end to environmental destruction, nor any hope of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the level we need to stave off the worst effects of the climate crisis.

Dive into the resources below to find out more about: Events and actions taking place at COP26 (and in the weeks beforehand); Opportunities to volunteer; Petitions; Solidarity and Support, especially for activists in the Global South; Resources and campaign materials to learn more about the links between climate change and war, and to get the message out; and Organisations in Scotland and around the world who are campaigning on peace and climate change.

If you are interested in finding out more about events taking place in Scotland in the run-up to COP26, or if you'd like to help us to plan and organise events or do other kinds of volunteering, please get in touch! You can contact individual organisations via the links below, or get in touch with those of us organising for peace and climate action via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Events and Actions

26 September - Disarm for Our Planet: Die-In - On the International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we will be organising "Disarm for Our Planet" - a marine-themed die-in at Faslane (and around Scotland) drawing attention to the links between nuclear weapons, environmental damage and climate crisis. Find out more and join us.

Similar protests will be taking place across the UK and in Europe. Find out more about UK-based actions via CND UK, and check out the Nuke-Free Europe Network for more information on their Month of Action.

4 November - Global Day of Action on Climate Change and Militarism - Peace organisations in Scotland and around the world will be organising actions on 4 November, during the COP26 conference, to draw attention to the links between conflict and climate change. Please check back here for more information shortly, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to organise an event (or want to volunteer to help with one!).

7-10 November - People's Summit for Climate Justice - Organised by the COP26 Coalition, the People’s Summit is a global convergence space for movements, campaigns and civil society and will provide an alternative to the business as usual of false solutions and inaction from rich nations and corporations. There is an open call for submissions until 30 August 2021 - find out more and submit a proposal here.

 

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help organise a Peace and Climate event in Glasgow on 4 November 2021 - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to get involved!

 

Petitions

Open for signature: Demand that Governments Commit to Meaningful Military Emissions Cuts at COP26 - the Conflict and Environment Observatory.

Open for signature: Stop Excluding Military Pollution from Climate Agreements - World Beyond War.

 

Solidarity and Support

Homestay Network: If you live in or near Glasgow, and you are willing to open your home to visiting activists during COP26, consider signing up to host with the Homestay Network organised by Human Hotel, together with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition.

Visa Support Service Crowdfunder: Set up by the COP26 Coalition, the aim of this crowdfunder is to provide support for Global South activists to obtain visit visas for COP26. Find out more and support the appeal here.

 

Resources

XR Peace has a fantastic collection of resources, including articles, leaflets, posters, logos and graphics, addressing the links between militarism, conflict and climate change. Find out more and access the collection here.

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) have an extensive collection of reports and presentations on the links between climate change and the military. Find out more and access the collection here.

World Beyond War have put together a collection of articles and factsheets on the ways that war threatens our environment. Find out more and access the collection here.

 

Campaigning organisations

The links between war and climate change are too grave and too urgent to be overlooked. Organisations across the Scottish peace movement are campaigning in the build-up to COP26, and will go on working to address the twin threats to humankind of climate change and militarism for as long as our work is needed. Click on the organisation names below to find out more about what we do, and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to see your organisation added to this list:

XR Peace 

Trident Ploughshares

Scottish CND

Peace and Justice

Transition Edinburgh

Ayrshire CND

Edinburgh CND

Glasgow CND

Edinburgh Stop the War

Faslane Peace Camp

UN House Scotland

Glasgow Catholic Worker

North East Scotland CND

Medact Scotland

Quakers in Scotland

Scottish WILPF

Highlands Against Nuclear Transport

NukeWatch

 

Coalitions

The COP26 Coalition is a civil society coalition made of groups and individuals from a range of constituencies in Scotland and the rest of the UK - including many organisations from across the peace movement - who are organising for climate justice around COP26.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change, including organisations from across the peace movement.