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Last updated November 2021

Climate Beacons

Funded by Creative Scotland, and managed by Creative Carbon Scotland, Climate Beacons for COP26 is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26.

Seven hubs known as ‘Climate Beacons’ are taking form in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, the Outer Hebrides, and Tayside. Bringing together shared resources and knowledge from cultural and climate organisations, the Climate Beacons will provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area.

Read more about Climate Beacons

Climate Action Needs Culture

A powerful short film by Scottish-Nigerian supermodel, actress and activist Eunice Olumide MBE showcases the enormous but often overlooked potential of the cultural sector to advance climate action.

Climate action needs culture (720p) from Creative Carbon Scotland on Vimeo.

Climate Action Needs Culture was created by Creative Carbon Scotland and produced by Picture Zero, a film company specialising in climate solutions and human climate change stories. Partner organisations who collaborated on the project are Creative Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, National Galleries Scotland, the National Library Scotland and the Scottish Library and Information Council.

Olumide says “Economists, scientists and politicians can’t fix the climate emergency on their own. They can’t change the way people think and that’s what is required. Climate change needs cultural change and cultural players are waiting to help, armed with powerful skills, resources and audiences.”

The hope is that this film will encourage players from both the climate and the culture sides to start collaborating; that policy makers will want to learn more; and that members of the public will ask their favourite arts and cultural organisations how they are responding to the climate emergency.

1.5o Film Challenge

Screen Scotland are supporting a new short filmmaking challenge delivered by Film Access Scotland to coincide with COP26.

The film challenge aims to engage people all over Scotland with the climate crisis and increase public awareness of the threat climate change poses to us all. Through a series of skills training workshops, people of all ages across Scotland will be provided with the tools and knowledge to tell their own stories about the impact climate change has or may have on their lives, communities and local environment through a 90 second film.

The challenge will be announced mid-June. Stay up-to-date via their social media pages:

Twitter: @screenscots

Instagram: @screenscots

A selection of supported work through Regular Funding and Open Funding programmes include:

‘Enough is Enough’ - Let It Grow | Oi Musica

Musicians from across Scotland including multi-award-winning folk musician and theatre maker Karine Polwart are creating a ‘tidal wave’ of music in response to COP26 and the climate emergency as part of Let it Grow. Alongside inviting musicians and performers of all kinds to take part, the project aims to give voice to people from all walks of life, sharing their lived experience of the inequitable systems which fuel climate change, biodiversity loss, weather-related disasters and rising inequality. If the idea resonates with you - grab an instrument and add your voice to the movement.

ATLAS Arts  - CLIMAVORE project

The CLIMAVORE project is encouraging a change in food production and consumption habits in the face of the climate crisis, developing pedagogical programmes on intertidal ecologies and regenerative aqua-cultures in Skye and Raasay, as well as the wider Highlands and Islands.

Vision Mechanics - Creators of STORM, the giant puppet

Made from plastic found in the sea, STORM is an awe-inspiring, 10-metre tall puppet. She is inspired by the rich heritage and diverse culture of Scotland’s coasts and waters, but also carries a warning about the need to heal our planet by taking care of and celebrating the natural wonders and wildlife of the oceans. Between April-October 2021, Vision Mechanics plans to take STORM to coastal, rural and urban communities across Scotland.


OceanARTic is an art and marine science collaboration telling climate change stories in the context of the upcoming CoP26 International Climate summit in Glasgow in late 2021. Ocean ARTic will explore emotional, aesthetic and intellectual connections between our understanding and experience of climate change.


Glasgow’s SWG3 is set to host BODYHEAT - a radical new system of capturing and transforming the enormous amounts of energy generated by people at SWG3’s gigs and clubs. This innovative new method of thermal control will drastically reduce the site’s energy usage, with potential savings of up to 70 tonnes of carbon per year.  In a Scottish first, this pioneering system will capture body heat from customers, visitors and staff before transporting it to a series of 150m - 200m boreholes installed across the venue where it can be stored for days, weeks or even months. Developed in collaboration with TownRock Energy geothermal energy consultants and Harley Haddow engineering consultants, installation will start later this year.

RBGE's Climate House

Climate House at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens is welcoming artists from Scotland and around the world to showcase work that encourages conversations about life on earth and expand our understanding of biodiversity and our place in the world.