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CAT at COP: Activities and events

CAT at COP: Activities and events

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As our team from CAT arrive in Glasgow for the start of COP26, here are some of the activities and events we’re involved with over the next two weeks.

CAT is one of only a handful of organisations from Wales with official United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Observer Status. This means we can take part in discussions in both the Blue Zone and Green Zone as an Environmental NGO.

Our small team on the ground will use this opportunity to connect with people from across the world. We’ll be listening, learning, sharing knowledge and working together on solutions, whilst joining others in pushing world leaders to take bold ambitious action.

Here’s a look at some of the events we’re involved with – you can join many of them online as well as in-person in Glasgow.

Speakers in Blue Zone events

The Blue Zone is managed by the United Nations (UN) and hosts the main negotiations between world leaders from the 197 Parties to the UNFCCC.

This space also brings together observer organisations to share their stories and solutions at panel discussions, side events, exhibits, and cultural events.

CAT team members will be speaking at the following Blue Zone events:

2 November, 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Distributed Leadership – Working Together to Reach Net Zero

Welsh Government event, UK Presidency Pavilion, Blue Zone

Dr Anna Bullen, Innovation Lab Manager, joins the Welsh Government panel event in the UK Presidency Pavilion discussing different types of climate leadership from government to grass roots.

Chair: Clare Pillman, CEO Natural Resources Wales

Panellists: First Minister Mark Drakeford; Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee; Poppy Stowell-Evans, Youth Climate Ambassador for Wales; Dr Anna Bullen, Innovation Lab Manager, CAT.

Get involved

This event will be live streamed on the UK Government’s YouTube channel.

5 November, 11:30am – 12:45pm

Local Climate Solutions & Eco-Village Development, 100% Renewable energy in NDCs, East Africa, South Asia, Europe

Side event, Lomond Auditorium, Blue Zone        

Paul Allen presents CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research as part of an international panel exploring local climate solutions and renewable energy.

COP Cymru Regional Roadshow events

During COP26 the Welsh Government are organising a series of events in regions across Wales to bring people together to discuss key issues.

The four Regional Roadshow events will explore a different theme, mirroring the COP26 Presidency Programme.

CAT will host three live panel events for the Mid Wales Regional Roadshow, streaming to digital audiences across Wales on 6 November.

6 November, 10:00am – 3:45pm

COP Cymru Regional Roadshow: Nature Based Solutions

Panel event hosted at CAT with virtual audience

Panels will explore nature-based solutions, resource efficiency and nature, and people, place and nature.

Panellists include Sêr Cymru Professor Richard Lucas of the Living Wales Project, in which CAT is a partner.

Get involved

This event will be live streamed on the COP Cymru website.

Online events from CAT

We’ve organised three events taking place during COP26 to bring you live updates from Glasgow and share our best practice for addressing the climate emergency.

3 November, 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Insights from COP – week 1

CAT webinar

A panel of CAT representatives will report live from COP26 reflecting on their experience and perspectives so far.

Get involved

Book your free place for the webinar on our website here.

9 November, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Addressing the climate emergency together: the importance of co-creative practices

CAT webinar

Against the backdrop of conversations taking place at COP26, Dr Anna Bullen explores the theory and practice of co-creative processes, looking at the ways that CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain Innovation Lab uses these processes to identify key barriers and solutions for a just transition to zero carbon.

Get involved

Book your free place for the webinar

11 November, 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Insights from COP – week 2

CAT webinar

An update from week two activities from the CAT team at COP26 and back home in Wales.

Get involved

Book your free place for the webinar

Other events and activities taking place around COP26

Outside of Glasgow and the Blue and Green Zones, organisations around the UK are hosting activities and events to add momentum and different perspectives to the global call for climate action.

1 November, 9:30am – 17:00pm

Zero Carbon Britain: Carbon Literacy for Local Authorities

Part of the Carbon Literacy Day of Action

Specifically developed for those working in local authorities, our online course covers the science of climate change, local and global impacts and how these will affect the work and duties of local authorities.

The course forms part of the Carbon Literacy Action Day, the largest ever live climate action training event on the first day of COP26. Training will take place throughout hundreds of organisations with thousands of learners completing their Carbon Literacy at the same time (17:00 GMT).

Get involved

More information on the action day can be found on the Carbon Literacy website – or take a look at upcoming Zero Carbon Britain courses at CAT.

Aerial picture of houses with CAT Zero Carbon Britain Logo and Carbon Literacy logo

1 November, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

A Manifesto for Education for Environmental Sustainability: Launch Event

BERA – online event

The online launch of a ‘Manifesto for Education for Environmental Sustainability’. Co-created by young people and teachers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the manifesto presents priorities at class, school, community and policy level.

CAT was Wales lead on workshops for this partnership project. Amanda Smith will be joining the event.

Get involved

Find out more about the event.

Amanda, Zero Carbon Britain Trainer teaching

1 November, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Becoming a Carbon Zero Community

Denbighshire County Council – online event

Amanda Smith is speaking as part of this online event organised by Denbighshire County Council’s Climate Change Team exploring what Welsh communities are doing and how we can all contribute to tackling climate change.

Get involved

Book your free place for the online event.

3 November, 10:00am – 11.15am

Zero Carbon Britain – mini innovation lab

Hawkwood Climate Action Lab – Online event

Dr Anna Bullen will deliver a mini innovation lab as a keynote speaker at this three-day conference, supporting participants to consider the barriers to getting to net zero within their own lives and how they might overcome these.

Get involved

Find out more and book a place on Hawkwood College’s website.

The Zero Carbon Britain Innovation Lab process.
The Zero Carbon Britain Innovation Lab process.

8 November, 11.45am

Energy Transition – Deciding our Future

COP 26 Coalition People’s Summit – in person event, Glasgow

Paul Allen will join a panel discussing ways of accelerating the implementation of new technologies – including local community initiatives, with low-carbon lifestyles.

Get involved

Find out more about this event and other COP26 People’s Summit events.

9-10 November

Design for Planet Festival

V&A Dundee and online

Dr Anthony Hurford will attend as one of 100 invited experts exploring how the design and architecture community can contribute to transformational change.

Get involved

You can register to virtually attend this event on the Design for Planet website.

11 November

Carbon Literacy for Local Authorities

Carbon Literacy Project – online event

Amanda Smith will be speaking about CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain Carbon Literacy training for Local Authorities as part of the Carbon Literacy Project’s Local Authority Focus Day, coinciding with the Cities, Regions and Built Environment theme at COP26.

Get involved

Find out more and book your place.

Other ways to get involved

6 November and 7-10 November

COP26 Coalition Global Day of Action and People’s Summit

COP26 Coalition, of which CAT is a member, have organised an extensive series of in person and online events bringing together voices from around the globe on key climate change and justice issues.

Take part in the Global Day of Action, find your Local Hub and watch the Digital Rally.

Sign up for tickets and explore the in person and online People’s Summit programme.

1 – 12 November

Green and Blue Zone events

Many of the events in the Blue and Green Zones will be live streamed on the UK Government YouTube channel and the UN Climate Change Youtube Channel.

Throughout COP26 we’ll be sharing updates on our social media channels, blog and enews – follow us or sign up for updates using the links below.


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