Taigh Chearsabhagh, An Lanntair, Ceolas, Community Energy Scotland, NatureScot, Western Isles Libraries, TSI Western Isles, Adaptation Scotland and others have come together in a new partnership to inspire public engagement and positive action in the Outer Hebrides in the run-up to and beyond the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Glasgow this November.
The partnership is one of seven hubs across Scotland known as ‘Climate Beacons’, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Culture Divisions, Creative Scotland, and Museums Galleries Scotland. Six other Beacons are taking form in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, 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 their local area.
The Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon will focus on how the islands can adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change while celebrating their unique natural and cultural heritage. The Beacon has a shared vision of:
- Working with the arts to explore climate impacts and vulnerabilities.
- Generating qualitative societal data to feed into an inclusive Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
- Celebrating and protecting the islands’ unique cultural heritage.