Glasgow Colleges tackle Climate Change for COP26

City of Glasgow College is hosting a series of innovative workshops aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the impact of climate change.

Climate Fresk, a global organisation committed to climate education, has partnered with the college to host up to 200 climate education workshops that will run throughout COP26, from 1 to 12 November. 

Part of a Glasgow Colleges Region initiative, the event will engage and encourage staff and students at the three Glasgow colleges to make long-term choices to help protect the planet.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Our college is committed to achieving net zero by 2040, while in the last five years we have reduced our carbon emissions by a remarkable 33%. Encouraging our students and staff to take part in such events is an important part of our college’s ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. We are delighted, therefore, to be part of this innovative regional initiative, and to be the lead host for Climate Fresk during COP26.”

Martin Boyle, Executive Director of Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, added:

"The Glasgow college region is committed to net zero and our Climate Fresk partnership is part of our regional environmental strategy. This is a great chance for our students, as individuals and as part of Glasgow's future workforce, to get involved and become part of a global conversation, while the world's most significant summit on climate change is hosted in our city. I am delighted that all three Glasgow colleges are part of this important action."

Michaël Doré, COP26 Co-coordinator for Climate Fresk, said:

“Climate Fresk is on a journey to enable people around the world understand the very best of climate change science. We are proud to put climate education at the forefront with our partner, City Glasgow College, hosting our workshop hub. Our aim is to empower participants to become climate education leaders. With climate education, we can empower millions of people around the world to tackle the climate emergency.”

Climate Fresk was established to help raise awareness and understanding of climate change. Over 200,000 participants have completed the workshops across 45 countries in 25 different languages.

City of Glasgow College’s City campus, on Cathedral Street, will be the main hub for the workshops running on weekdays from 1 to 12 November. They will offer teams of students and staff from across the region the opportunity to work together to understand the scientific basis of climate change.

If you wish to attend one of these free in-person workshops please follow this link to register.

As part of a regional commitment to fighting climate change, Glasgow Clyde and Glasgow Kelvin Colleges will run Climate Fresk workshops. Online workshops are also available and those wish to attend those should follow this link and add the code, CO26GlasgowColleges.