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The UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 takes place in Glasgow this coming November. It comes hot on the heels of the most recent and disturbing report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With COP26 as the backdrop, join us this autumn for our #FirstWeds series where we will be seeking wisdom and inspiration from youth, elders, and a wider cohort of community activists on the climate crisis, present and future.

This autumn, with COP26 as a backdrop, our #FirstWeds is dedicated to the climate crisis. In the lead up to and throughout COP26, there will be much discussion and debate about targets, policies to be enacted, commitments to be made but also a sense that more than all this is needed. Drawing in youth, elders, and community activist voices this autumn #FirstWeds series promises discussions infused with clarity, honesty, and sobriety as well as direction for the kind of system-wide transformation that is needed.

Can we build towards a sustainable future, using the tools and frames of reference that we currently use to run our societies? How does the generation born since the first COP in 1990 speak about/feel about the present reality and the future? How can we begin to divest from damaging Western models of development and bring ourselves back into some kind of balance with the Earth? Finally, what are community-based activists here in Ireland concerned about and paying attention to? How to ensure policy responses that have coherence and integrity? How to ensure that the burden of this climate crisis is not carried by the poor and the vulnerable?



6 October, 2021: The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis

In October our youth panellists from Ireland and the Global South reflected and shared their perspectives on the present and the future, and their commitment and contribution to new forms of political activism. Our panellists also discussed their views of the COP26.

3 November, 2021:

In November, we were in conversation with Indigenous Elder, reflecting on the cascading effects of the climate crises and biodiversity loss. What kind of paradigmatic shift is needed in response, and where does the wisdom for this lie?

1 December, 2021: Post-COP26: Community Activists on Where to Next


By December, COP26 will have concluded. Join our panel of community-based activists to discuss outcomes from COP and to explore how we can continue to work towards a social transformation that is grounded in justice and in responsibility for Earth and for each other.


PART 1: The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis

PART 2: Where Does the Wisdom Lie? Elders on the Climate Crisis

PART 3: Post-COP26 – Community Activists on Where to Next

For any questions and to find out more, please contact Aga at aga@comhlamh.org.


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