Based on years of collaborative action in Glasgow and beyond, the Food & Climate Action project aims to work alongside local communities to co-create a more resilient food system that is fairer and kinder to both people and the planet.
Led by Glasgow Community Food Network and funded by the National Lottery, the 2-year project is a partnership between Urban Roots, Glasgow Eco Trust, The Space, St Paul’s Youth Forum and Central & West Integration Network.
The project has five key strands of activity including: increasing urban agriculture within the city, engaging and empowering people of all ages through food education, establishing community-led green assemblies, supporting action around COP26 and collating all learning in an online food hub. The work connects to wider action on climate and food through policy and campaigns activity including the aims of the Glasgow City Food Plan.
Glasgow’s Food & Climate Action at COP26
One of the largest events Glasgow has ever hosted is just around the corner with the climate conference, COP26, starting on the 31st of October lasting for the first two weeks of November.
At Glasgow Community Food Network we are organising ahead of the conference and would like to invite you to events led by our Food & Climate Action project team – some for you to listen to, others to learn from and others to support you to take action. There is also a consultation workshop where we want to hear YOUR views on local food that is accessible for everyone.
Our city-wide events that are open to everyone include:
Thank you for the Rain: Film Screening & Panel Discussion (23rd October)
As part of the Take One Action film initiative, this documentary looks at the work of one Kenyan farmer in the face of increasingly extreme weather conditions. It will be followed by a panel discussion led by refugee women farmers from Central and West Integration Network's Empowering Women in Urban Agriculture project.
Local Food for Everyone: Glasgow Consultation Workshop (26th October)
Join us for an interactive online workshop and add your voice and views to Glasgow’s response to the Scottish Government local food consultation.
Rooftop Resilience: An Intercultural Dialogue (28th October)
With insights from India and Scotland, come along to an online webinar on how rooftop growing in cities can help us build a more climate resilient food system.
Come join us at multiple sites across the city for a ‘doors open day’ - urban growing style! We’ll be at market gardens, community gardens, allotments and other spaces over the course of the day talking about why growing food in the city can help us respond to the climate emergency. Pop along to a space near you.
With speakers including international experts and local Glasgow growers, this online session will explore all the different elements of urban agroecology - practical, political, social and ecological! It features as part of the COP26 Coalition People’s Summit.
Land, Food, Power (9th November)
As part of the People’s Summit, this in-person event will explore the land and power dynamics that impact every aspect of our food system and create challenges for communities organising in response to the multiple ecological crises we face. You can either register here with us through Eventbrite for more info or just turn up to Civic House on the day.
For this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about soil types, how it develops and what we can do to repair our ecological and spiritual rift with soil.
For more food and climate activity during the next few weeks, why not explore the different programmes of events as part of the People’s Summit from the COP26 Coalition and the Recipes for Resilience space hosted by Nourish, or the Climate Fringe website.
For more information please get in touch at [email protected]