Let's show our leaders just how much we care

The climate emergency threatens our communities, the Scottish nature we know and love, and our prospects for a healthier and fairer future. It’s happening now, and it’s particularly affecting those around the world who have done the least to cause it. But there is still hope, and we need your help.

The eyes of the world have turned to Glasgow as world leaders gathered for the COP26 UN Climate Summit. This has given us a unique opportunity to shape global action and help achieve a fair outcome for communities around the world.

Through the Climate Scotland campaign, we have sent our leaders a message, and left them in no doubt. The people of Scotland want strong and meaningful action to protect the things we love and create a better future for people everywhere.

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Artists inspired by Scotland’s messages to COP26

Nine new mural artworks have been created to depict the messages of the people of Scotland gathered so far, and were on display at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens during COP26.

Solidarity with global neighbours

“My ‘Solidarity with global neighbours’ artwork explores ways in which people around the world can work together for a shared planet and ecosystem which works for all. The arms embrace the planet and highlight local plant life, endangered species, fishing, coral and renewable energy.”

Ida Henrich

Health and wellbeing

“The ‘Health and wellbeing’ mural is inspired by how nature, and my small garden, makes me feel. I explored the means by which people find small ways to bring nature into their homes. Window boxes in flats without gardens and other innovative ideas are great ways to make gardening accessible.”

Ida Henrich

Greener, fairer livelihoods

“‘Greener, fairer livelihoods’ was inspired by the tapestries at Stirling Castle. I liked the idea of creating a modern design showing people working together to rebuild a diverse Scottish woodland.”

Ida Henrich

Future Generations

“The ‘future generations’ piece joyfully depicts a grandmother taking her two grandchildren out to see the Scottish hills, there is a loch running through the landscape and hills are dotted with flowers. It is a reminder that we must do everything in our power to protect these beautiful places to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy them too.”

Indrė Šimkutė

Sustainable food systems

“The ‘sustainable food systems’ mural depicts a mound of soil planted with broccoli, potatoes, carrots and Jerusalem artichoke. Inspired by the local community garden at the Bowling Green in Pollokshields where I volunteer, which I think is a brilliant example of this. An organic, no dig, permaculture style approach to growing food not only reduces greenhouse emissions but also increases biodiversity which plays a vital role in making ecosystems more resilient to climate change.”

Indrė Šimkutė

Wildlife and nature

“The ‘Wildlife and nature’ illustration celebrates some of the beautiful and majestic wildlife that can be found in Scotland featuring endangered species such as the natterjack toad and the red squirrel.”

Indrė Šimkutė

Flourishing communities

“This artwork aims to capture the ways in which we can work together to build strong communities with those around us. In doing so we can find ways to enjoy nature while making sustainability a part of our everyday lives.”

Kaitlin Mechan

Beautiful places

“The ‘Beautiful places’ mural captures many of the famous landmarks around Scotland set on a backdrop of the hills, lochs and mountain ranges that make this country so beautiful.”

Kaitlin Mechan

Protecting the world’s resources

“The ‘Protecting the world’s resources’ artwork aims to emphasise the importance of educating young people and future generations on how to care for our planet and protect its precious resources for the greater good of all.”

Kaitlin Mechan

Partners

The climate emergency affects us all, and only by working together can we achieve positive change. The Climate Scotland campaign is a partnership between 53 third sector organisations:

38 Degrees
Abundant Borders
Alyth Development Trust
Arkbound Foundation
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
CBM UK
Christian Aid Scotland
Circular Arts Network
Climadapt
Community Development Alliance Scotland
Creative Carbon Scotland
Eco-congregation Scotland
ELREC
Humanist Society
Fareshare Scotland
Froglife Trust
Jubilee Scotland
Justice & Peace Scotland
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Learning for Sustainability Scotland
Marine Conservation Society
National Trust for Scotland
Open Seas Trust
Oxfam Scotland
Parents for Future Scotland
RSPB Scotland
SCCS
SCIAF
Scotland’s International Development Alliance
Scottish Badgers
Scottish Community Alliance
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scouts Scotland
SCVO
Scottish Community Safety Network
Scottish Environment LINK
Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Scottish Food Coalition
Scottish Rural Action
Social Enterprise Network Scotland
Social Enterprise Scotland
South Seeds
Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust
Tearfund Scotland
Thrive Scotland
Transition Edinburgh
Trees for Life
Unison
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire
Woodcraft Folk
WWF Scotland.

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