CoP26 event: ‘Is culture the untapped ally for climate action?’ 

With CoP26 nearly upon us, many of us will be participating in associated activities and events. Icon Scotland’s Vice Chair, Isobel Griffin, has been involved in the planning for an event involving several cultural heritage organisations in Scotland, and would like to encourage conservators in Scotland and beyond to participate. It is a virtual event running as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Ambition Zone at the Lighthouse during CoP26, with details as follows:

Friday 5 November, 11.45-13.00: ‘Is culture the untapped ally for climate action?’ 

Initiated by Creative Carbon Scotland, a collaboration of cultural bodies in Scotland has commissioned a powerful short film – ‘Climate action needs culture’. 

As the climate emergency grows more intense, increased public understanding and engagement are urgently required and innovative ways of thinking and working needed. Scotland’s cultural institutions and creative sector have a compelling story to tell of the dynamic ways they can contribute to climate action but it’s a story that until now has been often overlooked. This event and the project that underpins it brings together the knowledge and expertise of Scotland’s cultural sector with climate experts to make the case for culture as a crucial player in climate action.

We invite you to join us online for the launch of the film, followed by climate and cultural leaders providing effective examples of collaborations in climate action and a Q&A to identify your next steps in working jointly with cultural and climate colleagues. 


Ewan Hyslop, Head of Technical Research and Science, Historic Environment Scotland / Climate Heritage Network (Chair)

Tania Banotti, Director, Creative Ireland – Creative Climate Action

Prof. James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde

Sir John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland

Prof. Dave Reay, Director, Climate Change Institute, University of Edinburgh

Helen Vincent, Head of Rare Books, Maps and Music, National Library of Scotland / International Federation of Library Associations

Set up an account and then register here:—is-culture-the-untapped-ally-for-climate-policy

This is a project initiated by: 

  • Creative Carbon Scotland (convenor)
  • Creative Scotland 
  • Historic Environment Scotland 
  • Museums Galleries Scotland
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Scottish Library & Information Council

Hope to see lots of conservators there!

The Art in the Open project taking place below Edinburgh Castle (National Galleries Scotland ©Yola Sornsakrin)

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