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COP26 and HES

At this time of climate emergency, find out our involvement in the international climate change conference, COP26.

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Scotland has declared a climate emergency. But it doesn’t affect Scotland alone.

From Monday 1 – Tuesday 12 November 2021, Glasgow will host the prestigious United Nations global climate change conference – otherwise known as COP26.

This event will be the largest international summit ever hosted in the UK. We want to use this opportunity to show how the historic environment can support climate change goals.

According to climate science, this decade is the most vital period to reach climate neutrality and prevent uncontrolled global warming and its catastrophic consequences across the globe. 

Find out more on COP26

How we’re getting involved

Scotland’s historic environment is on the frontline of our changing climate, but it also has a crucial part to play in tackling the climate emergency and inspiring climate action.

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Part of the solution

At COP26, we will demonstrate how the historic environment and cultural heritage are part of the solution to tackling the climate emergency

Quality and innovation

COP26 is an opportunity to showcase the quality and innovation of the historic environment in Scotland

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Collaborate and empower

We will collaborate with others at COP26 by developing new partnerships, empowering communities and giving a voice to marginalised groups

We have submitted an Expression of Interest for formal presence at the Green Zone for COP, and are developing plans for our own programme of activity.

We are actively seeking opportunities for collaboration with partners across the culture and heritage sectors, including the international Climate Heritage Network.

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