In November 2021, the world’s biggest climate change conference, the United Nations COP26 (Conference of the Parties) will be taking place here in Scotland. As the build up to the conference begins to gather pace, the ASDC (the UK Association of Science & Discovery Centres) have created the Climate Hub website with funding secured from the Scottish Government - we are so excited that Dynamic Earth is playing a part in this, and are delighted to let you know that the site has officially gone live this week!
The new Climate Hub website will enable science centres like Dynamic Earth to share all our COP26 and Climate activities, resources, events and carbon cutting programmes. We will be working with other science centres & museums, universities and other STEM engagement organisations from across the UK to raise awareness of the event and what we can all do to address the climate crisis.
Over 30,000 delegates from 196 nations around the world are expected to attend the COP26 event - it will be the largest international summit that the UK has ever hosted, and the first time the summit has been held in this country. Heads of state, climate campaigners, scientists and experts will all be present in Glasgow, the city hosting this incredible event. We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for Scotland, and for our team at Dynamic Earth to really engage with people from all walks of life, and get them talking about all the issues around climate change.
At the COP21 meeting in Paris, the leaders from countries around the world signed a historic agreement to take various measures to reduce their adverse impact on the climate, and ideally, limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Since then, the UK has for the first time, generated more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels. Carbon emissions in 2019 were 44% lower than in 1990. And the UK Government has committed to reaching a carbon output of net zero by 2050 But although we are on the right tracks, there is still so much more we can do. At the Paris summit, it was also agreed that countries must meet every 5 years to demonstrate just how they are working towards reducing their greenhouse emissions and present any revised plans that may be required to meet their targets. The COP26 meeting will be especially important as this is the first time such plans will be officially reviewed. Another key area to be discussed is one you may not have heard of yet - Climate Justice. Many of the issues we face with climate change have been caused by countries in the West, but will hit the world’s poorest countries the hardest... Around 800 million people are currently vulnerable to the worst impacts, such as droughts, floods, hunger, sea-level rise and extreme weather.
Our aim is that by sharing all our collective climate resources on the new ASDC Climate Hub website we can do far more to raise awareness of these issues, and engage a wide range of individuals & organisations, families, young people and communities. Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science at the Scottish Government said:
“I’m very pleased that Scottish Government funding has allowed the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres to develop the Climate Hub website. This fantastic resource will allow Scotland’s science centres, and others, to showcase climate change resources and activities in advance of COP26 being held in Glasgow later this year. The resource underpins the important role that Scotland’s four science centres play in making STEM accessible to a wide range of audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”
There are loads of different resources and exciting activities for you to check out on the new website - click here to browse the site and keep an eye on our social media pages for lots more information, ideas and events in the coming months. By helping to educate people and inspiring them to take action, we can influence and drive positive change in our everyday lives. We believe that by working together, we can achieve so much more!
(Photo credits - CimateHub website)