The Countdown to COP26 page gives a timeline of actions in the run up to the UN climate talks in Glasgow from 1–12 November 2021 – COP26. This COP26 past events page lists the actions that have already occurred that you may wish to look back on.

What happened

    September

    18–26 September

    Climate fringe week (Glasgow) / Great Big Green Week (England and Wales)

    A week of climate action and events in Scotland, England and Wales.

    To find out more information about the programme:

    Loving Earth events during the week

    Exhibitions of groups of Loving Earth panels in Glasgow, Ayr, Dumbarton, Tayside, Birmingham and Wendover (Bucks). Some of these will continue for a while, and other exhibitions are in the pipeline for Canterbury and various parts of Scotland in the coming weeks. There are also a number of discussion and teaching workshops on the 23, 24 and 25 September.

    For details of all these events:

    23 September

    Loss & Damage Awareness Day

    A day to raise awareness about the need for financing for loss and damage caused by climate breakdown, which is one of Quakers in Britain's two key policy priorities for COP26.

    To find out more information about the day:

    24 September

    Fridays for Future global strike

    A global strike called by youth climate activists.

    To find out more information about the strike:

    October

    17 October

    Faiths for Climate Justice (multi-faith banner drop action)

    A day of action to highlight faith-based support for climate justice.

    To find out more information about the action:

    Pilgrimage for COP26 (17–31 Oct)

    17 October is launch day for the Pilgrimage for COP26 in Dunbar. The Pilgrimage will make its way to Glasgow arriving on 31 Oct.

    To find out more about Pilgrimage for COP26:

    Contact: jb4change@googlemail.com

    22 October

    Pilgrimage for COP26 + Rise to the Moment relay joint day

    A joint day of action hosted by Pilgrimage for COP26 and the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) and partners in the Rise to the Moment relay. Quakers in Britain sit on the steering group for the Rise to the Moment relay and we are active members of Pilgrimage for COP26.

    To find out more information:

    Pilgrimage for COP26 contact: jb4change@googlemail.com

    YCCN contacts:
    Rachel Mander (national coordinator): cop26liaison@faithfortheclimate.org.uk;
    Natasha Jesson (national coordinator): NJesson@christian-aid.org;
    Jen Morris (Glasgow Residency Hub Team Leader): jennifer.f.morris@strath.ac.uk

    23 October

    Southwark Cathedral (Faith for the Climate) Vigil for COP26

    Hybrid interfaith prayer vigil hosted at Southwark Cathedral, London.

    To find out more information:

      30 October

      Pilgrimages reach Glasgow and congregate in city centre

      Quaker and interfaith pilgrimages converge as they arrive in Glasgow. There will be a final joint pilgrims march and welcome service at St George's Tron. The march and welcome are being coordinated by Extinction Rebellion (XR).

      To join, find out more information here:

      31 October

      COP26 begins

      International meeting for worship on COP26

      Friends World Consultation Committee, the Quaker United Nations Office, Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Woodbrooke call on Quakers around the world to hold an in-person or online meeting for worship on Sunday 31st October, the first day of the COP26 UN climate talks in which representatives of all the world's countries will come together to negotiate action on climate change. By worshipping together on this day, we wish to uphold the communities and activists in those places most affected by environmental destruction, who have for so long borne the brunt of the impact of climate change and been at the forefront of action for climate justice.

      Friends are welcome to hold their meeting at any time of the day, with their meeting or any other group, and in whatever way works best for them.

      Prayer and meditation vigil as COP26 begins

      Interfaith Glasgow and Interfaith Scotland will be hosting a prayer and meditation vigil bringing together people of all backgrounds in Glasgow and – via a livestream – around the world, in a powerful, symbolic act of unity and solidarity for our planet.

      To join:

      November

      Loving Earth events

      Exhibitions of groups of Loving Earth panels in Glasgow, Ayr, Dumbarton, Tayside, Birmingham and Wendover (Bucks). Some of these will continue for a while, and other exhibitions are in the pipeline for Canterbury and various parts of Scotland in the coming weeks.

      For details of all these events:

      Climate Cymru COP26 programme

      Throughout COP26, there will be lots of Welsh COP26 events happening in both Glasgow and Wales.

      1 November

      COP26 Coalition banner drop as COP26 begins

      Wherever you are – at home, at work, in your community centre or place of worship – join in with a banner drop for climate justice!

      To access banner making guide and find out how to join in:

      31 October – 12 November

      Glasgow Meeting House programme of events during COP26 begins

      Glasgow is part of West Scotland Area Meeting. As the 'host' Area Meeting, Glasgow is coordinating the activities of Quakers in Scotland and has formed a Hub Group. This consists of local Quakers, as well as employees of Britain Yearly Meeting, Friends World Committee for Consultation and the Quaker United Nations Office. The Meeting House will serve as a hub for events during COP26.

      To look at the programme and find out about other Quakers in Scotland events

      31 October – 7 November

      Scottish Interfaith Week

      A week of interfaith action and events in Scotland.

      To find out more information about the week:

      1–12 November

      Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) residency at St George's Tron

      The YCCN Rise to Moment relay boat will berth in St George's Tron during COP26 fortnight. The space will be open for events, visiting and contributing prayers and reflections throughout that time.

      To find out more information:

      YCCN contacts:
      Rachel Mander (national coordinator): cop26liaison@faithfortheclimate.org.uk;
      Natasha Jesson (national coordinator): NJesson@christian-aid.org;
      Jen Morris (Glasgow Residency Hub Team Leader): jennifer.f.morris@strath.ac.uk

      6 November

      COP26 Coalition Global day of action for climate justice

      Marches in Glasgow, London and around the country.

      To join the faith and belief 'bloc':

      • Glasgow: Sign up on Eventbrite and meet up next to Stewart Memorial Fountain at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, G3 6BY, from 11.30am
      • London: Sign up on Eventbrite and meet up outside St Michael Cornhill Church on Cornhill, from 12pm

      If you'd like to join the Quaker 'bloc' in either Glasgow or London, please make sure you sign up to this mailing list so we can keep you updated with all the information you need to know.

      There is more information on the COP26 Actions page.

      COP26 Coalition day of action information page: https://cop26coalition.org/gda

      7–10 November

      COP26 Coalition People's Summit

      Hybrid event for climate justice groups across the world.

      To register: https://cop26coalition.org/peoples-summit

      12 November

      COP26 ends

      Featured blog

      Why we’re calling for polluters to pay for the damage they cause

      22 September 2021 by Olivia Hanks

      Olivia Hanks explains why finance for loss and damage is a key part of COP26 negotiations.