How can I get involved?

Nicholas Doherty

Before COP: Now is the perfect time to get in touch with your local politician voicing your climate concerns and support for your country becoming a climate leader. Writing a joint signed letter from colleagues at your institution or organisation will be even more effective in this pre-COP period. In the UK for example, your local politician is required to respond to constituents’ letters.

As COP is such a large event, the host government usually relies on a team of volunteers to help run it. Applications for COP26 may still be open on the official website. If not, keep an eye out for where COP27 will be hosted and how you might be able to get involved.

During COP: There will be an unofficial programme of events taking place across Glasgow, organised by a wide range of organisations and individuals. We can also expect to see protests outside the Green Zone, with estimates suggesting these talks may attract up to 300,000 protestors. Wherever you are in the world, you can inspire others by sharing your positive climate actions using #TogetherForOurPlanet, which is the official # for COP26. You can also visit the public-facing
exhibitions that happen in the Green Zone.

After COP: In May 2022, the BES will host a symposium on Climate Science for Ecological Forecasting, working with the Royal Meteorological Society to bring together climate scientists and ecologists to discuss the future of our planet.