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Climate Change Message in a Bottle: Participate

If you could say anything to the delegates at COP26, what would it be?

With UistFilm, and in partnership with Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance, Island Innovation and Glasgow Science Centre and Youth Scotland, we are launching Message in a Bottle, a participatory multi-media art project inviting people across the world, especially those in island and coastal communities, and especially young people and families, to create messages in bottles to be delivered to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, November 2021.

We are inviting you to document your concerns about the climate crisis, sea level rise, marine pollution and biodiversity, asking questions of polluters and those in power and proposing sustainable future scenarios for mitigation, adaptation and resilience. An installation of the messages, bottles and resulting film will be created at COP26. We need your input so we can share as many points of view as possible – don’t let your voice go unheard! 

If you would like to send a message in a bottle, please send us your messages by 12 noon on the 11th of October 2021.  

How do I record my message?

  • Write your message down on a piece of paper.
  • Using a phone, film yourself (or get a friend to film you) saying your message to camera. Hold up your written message for us to see.
  • You could also film yourself finding and holding up a plastic drinks bottle – find one on your local beach or save one from your household recycling.

Messages can be in any language – do please provide an English translation if not in Gaelic or English. The sound is really important, so try to shield the microphone from the wind – or use a plug-in microphone if you have one. Check the sound after filming, and if it’s really fuzzy, you could try again in a sheltered spot. Remember to film in landscape format, and at the highest resolution possible on your device.

Send the written message and bottle to

  • MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
  • c/o Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre
  • Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AA

Include your name and contact details, so we can stay in touch about your contribution. If posting isn’t an option for you, take a photo or video and include it with your video message. 

Send your film footage to uistfilm.wetransfer.com. This can be done directly from a smart phone. (You will need to enter your email address and receive a verification code in your email inbox. Slide screen up to reveal box and enter code. Add your name & location included in the title or message). 

If you need support with any of the above, contact [email protected]

All contributors will receive a download of the final film, be included in the film credits and get a VIP invite to the exhibition launch online event.

For more information on the Message in a Bottle project, including a bonus bit of celebrity involvement, see our Environment page.