Growing our Cities in the Climate Emergency: Countdown to COP26

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:30


Presented by CausewayExchange, ECCI and Jacobs.

Following May's successful 'Growing our Cities in the Climate Emergency' event that brought together leaders from across Celtic cities, CausewayExchange is hosting an online event that will discuss activities currently taking place in the lead up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Key Topics:

Understanding Climate Complexity: Science through Art

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00


In November 2020, COP26 should have been held in Glasgow, UK. Instead, we can use the time to increase our understanding of climate change, discover new ways to share knowledge, and build connections between those working in different fields with a shared interest in understanding and protecting the planet.

If you are an artist, creative practitioner, or a climate scientist with an interest in how science and art can work together to develop understanding of climate change, please join us for this exciting collaborative discussion event.

WWF and Scottish Power's COP 26 Climate Collaboration Challenge

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00


WWF Scotland and ScottishPower invite you to take part in their COP 26 Climate Collaboration Challenge with the aim of sparking innovative ways of working together to accelerate climate action and adaptation. Their goal is to combine the energy, skills, resources and knowledge of business, industry, public agencies, financial institutions and civil society. Join them for an afternoon of inspiring talks with people from across the Scottish environment sector.

Assessing and Building City-Level Readiness for Climate Action

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30


Has your area has declared a climate emergency? How ready is it to deliver climate action?

Through the ESRC Place Based Climate Action Network (PCAN), we have developed the Climate Action Readiness Assessment (CARA) framework.

So far in Leeds we’ve applied the framework to housing, commercial buildings, the public sector and transport. Together, these make up about 85% of our direct carbon footprint. The CARA methodology is also being piloted, with our help, by the cultural sector in Leeds via SAIL (Sustainable Arts in Leeds).

Win-Wins for Climate, Nature & People

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00 to Friday, November 6, 2020 - 18:00

This international symposium will explore climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation with respect to the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. It will focus on identifying ‘win-win’ actions that both mitigate climate change and have positive co-benefits for the sustainable use of natural resources. Such actions need to be underpinned by state-of-the-art science to inform robust implementation at the science-policy and science-business interfaces. The symposium will be hosted in Edinburgh in the run-up to the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow.

Scotland’s Countdown to COP26: a major new CENSIS event

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 09:30 to 17:00


Scotland’s Innovation Centres have teamed up with The Herald for a special, one-day online conference on  3 November 2020 to explore innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets.

Urban Resilience in a context of Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 09:30 to Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 17:30


Climate change is adding pressures and uncertainties for the economy, the environment and the society in general. In urban areas, climate change may affect urban services, such as water or energy supply. Urban resilience refers to reducing risks and damages from disasters and to the ability to quickly bounce back to a stable state.

Regional Fair Trade Session: Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 18:30 to 20:30


Come along to ask questions about Fair Trade, meet others or simply listen in.

There will also an update from Scottish Fair Trade Forum about current campaigns and Fair Trade in relation to current issues such as the climate emergency.

If there is a particular topic you'd like the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to cover, let them know beforehand by emailing Colleen at

Finally, feel free to bring along updates from your own Fair Trade group or organisation that you would like to discuss.

Local climate praxis: bridging the gap between theory and practice

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00

Clear policy signals by international organisations and national governments remain essential, however, important decisions are increasingly being made beyond this, fostering opportunities for climate action within localities: decisions about low-carbon business opportunities, renewable energy investment, urban transport, energy management, buildings efficiency and the management of climate risks.