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What’s going on in Glasgow this fortnight?

By Lucy Dunn

A summary of all the events being hosted in Glasgow over COP26. From on-campus events to Extinction Rebellion, we’ve got you covered.

With so many events being held over the next fortnight, The Glasgow Guardian has compiled a calendar of events to help keep you up-to-date with what’s going on. Most events are free to attend and tickets can be found on the SRC and University of Glasgow websites.

1 November:

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Red Rebel Train, 3.30pm. XR members are travelling to Glasgow Central Station to be welcomed by “Red Rebels and Blue Rebels” in a “moving ceremony”.

XR Raise the Banners for Climate Justice, all day. All over Glasgow, XR are encouraging supporters to “hang your banner outside your house or workplace”, with their vision being that the streets of Glasgow will be covered in climate justice messages.

SRC – Environments and Climate Change Sign Language Lesson, 6-7pm. An evening of climate-themed sign language, open to people of all abilities.

UofG Climate Change: Corporate Reporting and Lobbying, 9.30-12.30.

2 November: 

SRC – Craftivism for Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, 4-6pm. A session hosted in the GUU Reading Room for students to make their own signs to take to the Global Day of Climate Justice protest, hosted by the University of Glasgow Amnesty International Society.

UofG Sustainability in Healthcare and Education: Global Challenges and Solutions. Lasting from the 2-4 November, the themes across the days include “oral health”, the integration of sustainability and planetary health, and the empowerment of children to become “the main actors of change” in addressing the challenge of climate change.

3 November: 

XR Greenwash March, 12pm. Taking place on the Buchanan Gallery Steps, the three-hour march aims to send the government “a message” to “clean up the mess” of “greenwashing”. Participants are advised to wear green, and bring flags and banners. 

SRC – GeogSoc presents COP26 Awareness Day, 9am-4pm. At the GUU Debating Chamber, GeogSoc are running two events together: their Climate Strike Sign-Making and their VR Headset event. 

4 November:

UofG “What’s Going On” at 50: Marvin Gaye, Music & Politics, 7-8pm. Hosted by DJ and broadcaster Trevor Nelson, the online event will entail discussion with four famous panelists, including Glasgow University alumni Emeli Sandé, as well as writers Nelson George and Stuart  Cosgrove, and singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Ray.

SRC – Students for Global Health Course, 7-8pm. Students for Global Health are running their annual educational short course one night a week for four week. Different themes will be presented including: women’s health, climate change and health, asylum seeker health, and politics of public health. A certificate will be issued to participants who attend at least three of the four events. 

5 November:

Fridays for Future, 11am-3pm. A march from Kelvingrove Park to George Square, with an appearance from Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future want to “hold world leaders accountable and be as loud as possible about climate justice”. 

SRC – Explore Glasgow: Travel Sustainably, 5-5.30pm. The SRC are presenting a live stream on the theme of “Transport”, where the conversation will discuss how best to travel around Glasgow and the UK sustainably and affordably. On booking a ticket, you will be sent a link to the live stream which will also be recorded for viewing afterwards.

6 November:

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Organised by COP26 Coalition, a UK-based civil society coalition of a number of groups and individuals, the aim is to bring together “movements from across the world to build power for system change”. A number of organisations are joining in the march which is to leave Kelvingrove Park for Glasgow Green at 12.45pm. 

UofG Eco Echoes: Tinderbox Music and Game Jam, 9am-8pm. Eco Echoes is a one day “creative jam” where people are invited to write music and play games on an environmental theme. Starting with a welcome, the day will progress into live music, and a talk from artist and game designer Yann Seznec. Following this, the Music and Game Jam will commence, where people can write and record songs, and make their own games, in their own time.

7 November:

XR Africa Drillers = Northern Killer’s, 1-3pm. With a Telegram link posted on Extinction Rebellion’s website, this event plans to make noise about the “[proliferation of] oil projects across Africa”. 

XR People’s Summit for Climate Justice. Taking place across three days in Adelaide’s, the People’s Summit is an opportunity for activists and thinkers at ground level to come together to “discuss, learn and strategise for system change”. 

8 November:

UofG COP26: Introducing the Global Soil Health Programme, 9-10.30am. Held across the Kelvin Gallery and online, a number of guest speakers will discuss the conversation around restoring the health of the world’s soil, “at scale and on time”. Speakers will include Professor John Crawford from the Adam Smith Business School, alongside other academics from across the world, ranging from Sydney to Ohio.

9 November: 

UofG Choral Contemplations III: Singing for the Environment. Held both online and in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, the Chapel Choir is to perform music inspired by COP 26 and the environment, with a new piece by recent graduate Harold Thalange.

UofG COP26: Agriculture to deliver on net zero, 11.30am-1pm. Held both online and in the Kelvin Gallery, various stakeholders from the food value chain will come together to discuss their thoughts on how to make a “net-zero, nature-positive” agriculture a reality. 

10 November:

SRC UofG Welcome – Explore Glasgow: Southside Tree Trail, 12-4pm. Meeting outside the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, the group will take a bus to Glasgow’s southside where the trail will commence. 

11 November:

XR Refugee Justice March. The march will start on Kenmure Street in the southside, and participants will walk to the Home Office.

UofG Built Environment and Net Zero Conference, 9am-4.30pm. The opening address will be given by Patrick Harvie, Co-Leader of the Scottish Green Party, and the Scottish Minister for Net Zero Buildings, Active Travel and Tenant’s Rights. The Conference will provide the opportunity to showcase work from the University associated with net zero and the built environment, by both staff and students.

UofG Water Music: Source to Sea, 1.10-2pm. Held both online and in the University of Glasgow Concert Hall, Sequoia Duo presents Water Music, a “musical imagining of the journey taken by a raindrop as it travels along Scotland’s waterways”. 

UofG Poetry and the Climate Crisis: Scotland and India, 4-6.30pm. One of two poetry sessions being held, a variety of poets, readers, and interdisciplinary thinkers explore questions about the climate crisis through the work of international writers Patrick Geddes and Rabindranath Tagore. 

SRC – In Search for Sustainability, 5-9pm. Held at the QMU’s BAR, the event is described as “scavenger hunt-like”, starting and finishing at the QMU. Organised by Glasgow University for Sustainable Development Goals, “issues” will be hidden around campus for participants to find and solve in groups, followed by pints and discussion back at the Union. 

SRC – Students for Global Health Course, 7-8pm. 

12 November:

XR Armadillo Die. Held at the Necropolis.

SRC – COP26 Climate Quiz, 6.30-8pm. The “most environmentally friendly quiz you’ve ever seen”, there are prizes up for grabs for the winner of this Zoom quiz.


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