Open 10:00 - 16:50 Tuesday 2nd November to Friday 12th November (ex. Sat, Sun)

Welcome to the COP26 Youth Hub! Whether you’re here in Glasgow or wanting to get involved from afar, we’d love to have you!

Here at Youth Hub, we believe that COP26 has the potential to be about so much more than the official negotiations taking place at the SSE Hydro. We want COP to be an opportunity for young people to get together and learn, socialise and organise, all while using the momentum from COP to spur future action on the climate emergency.

That’s why we created the Youth Hub!

The Youth Hub will be a space for workshops and skill sharing, but also for rest and relaxation during a time when climate burnout, fatigue and anxiety are likely to be rife. Attendees can expect workshops on campaign skills, climate change and mental health, jargon busting and more. These events will be run partly by the host organisations, Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team (GUEST), Young Friends of the Earth Scotland (YFOES), the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), The Resilience Project, and partly by guest speakers.

We’ll also be running a full roster of online events for activists across the world. Some of these will be workshops, and others will be social events.

Please note that the Youth Hub is aimed at the young people of Glasgow and visiting activists with in the 16 to 30 age range. There are a huge amount of exciting events occurring during the COP so we ask that you keep this a place where young people feel able to share their thoughts. We also need attendees under 16 to be accompanied by an adult, and parents should understand that the topics discussed will often be of a serious nature.



About the Space

Where are we?

Set in the heart of the West End and close to the beautiful Gilbert Scott building of Glasgow University, the Queen Margaret Union has a long history of supporting activism. When it was founded in 1883, it was the first and only college in Scotland to provide higher education for women. Queen Margaret was hard won - women had been fighting for their own college in Glasgow for over 30 years. Today the QMU is known as the beating heart of Glasgow University’s activism, and so was the obvious choice for hosting the Youth Hub during this year’s COP.

Located behind the impressive new James McCune Smith Building, the QMU is perhaps best reached from Hillhead Subway station. Heading behind the station through famous Ashton Lane, you can walk up the steps across from the historic Grosvenor Cinema.

Alternatively, the QMU can also be reached by walking down University Avenue from the main building.

Our address is 22 University Gardens, Hillhead, Glasgow, G12 8QN.

About the Space

We want the Youth Hub to be your base camp during the COP. A space to organise or just relax and chat with other activists, the Youth Hub is equipped with sofas and enough tea to sink a ship. We also have bookable spaces for your organising needs and the creative materials to produce banners and signs. The QMU has its own cafe if you need a bite to eat, and all of their facilities are wheelchair accessible. The space will be open 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays during the COP, except on the 1st, when we will be open from 12.30.

There are four main spaces in the Youth Hub, plus a quiet reflection room in case it gets a bit much. Your first port of call is likely to be the Social Space in the games room. This is envisioned to be a space to have a cup of tea and meet other activists. There will be drop-in activities in this space as well as information about both our events and those of others.

We will also have a meeting space which can be booked for organising during the COP. We want to provide space for discussion and planning so that our plans can develop with the information coming out of the Hydro. There will also be a creative space for the creation of banners and other art projects. Like the games room, this is likely to be open for most of the day if activists need to create new messaging, though at certain points closed workshops will be hosted in there.

That leads us to the last space which is a room mainly reserved for workshops. As the name suggests, this room is where the majority of our in-person workshops will be held. Since we know plans are likely to change, all of our workshops will be first-come-first-served. This being said, please do not hesitate to contact us if first-come-first-served would provide a logistical issue for you.

In all of our spaces we aim to foster an environment in which everyone feels safe. For this reason we ask everyone planning to attend to familiarlise themselves with our Safer Spaces policy.

Covid Information

Covid levels are still high in the UK and many people are still vulnerable. People using our spaces may be from countries with limited vaccine access, or be mixing with people from other countries. It is important that we do all we can to keep everyone safe.

Face coverings will be compulsory in our spaces (unless exempt) and social distancing measures will be in place. Hand sanitiser will be available and we will be carrying out regular sanitising and ventilation procedures. Capacity of our rooms is capped. Everyone will be required to check in using Track and Trace before entering.

Volunteers will be taking daily lateral flow tests, and we encourage anyone participating in activities around COP26 to do the same.

Do not enter the Hub if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Instead, please return home and follow NHS guidance.



What's On(line)

Whether it's because of Covid-19, air miles or cost, we understand that not everyone who wants to be in Glasgow can be. Our goal is to run as many online events as possible, to help you feel connected to this event of worldwide significance.

As with our in-person events, our online events list is increasing constantly, so please do keep checking in. Online events will be ticketed through Eventbrite to keep access secure, so please be aware an email will be needed to book into any of our online workshops or talks.

ActivityDateTimeDescription
Message to our World LeadersEverydayAnytimeYouth Hub - A tree in which people can write out a message to world leaders. At the end we'll compile these responses into a digital resource for people to send to their representatives. You can add your message digitally here, if you choose.
Two WorldsEverydayAnytimeThe World + 3 - The World + 3 is a combination of academic journal and student zine. Using simple, accessible language combined with a peer review and strict referencing system, students from across the UK have come together to create an exploration of current climate adaptation trends that everyone can understand. For COP, World + 3 is excited to present an interactive exhibit! Striving for the same collage-art style as W+3, this vision of two worlds will be collectively put together by members of the public. Come and do some cutting, sticking and thinking about what future we want for our planet. For those unable to visit the COP - fear not! You can add your hopes and fears here! No artistic talent needed!
Youth Hub ZineEverydayAnytimeYouth Hub - In our Creative Space at the Youth Hub, we'll be running an ongoing zine creation project, getting guests to contribute a page, then compiling them all digitally at the end. Your page can be about anything COP or environment-related! We'd also love to have contributions from those not able to join us at the hub itself. Since we'll be compiling them digitally, digital submissions will be no issue at all to include. The digital submission portal can be found here!
Podcast Workshop for Beginners02/1110:00 11:00GUEST - If you've ever wondered how to create a podcast from start to finish, this is the skill-sharing workshop for you. GUEST coordinator Thalia will be explaining how the GUEST podcast Green Fifteen is made. We'll be looking at different ways of recording audio, using Audacity for simple editing, and uploading podcasts to Anchor. After attending this workshop you'll be fully equipped to submit any podcast episodes to GUEST's Green Fifteen podcast, which will be accepting submissions throughout COP26. Sign up here!
Climate Justice Conversations02/1111:00 12:10YFoES - Is climate change a social justice issue? What makes a fair future? Join us to chat all things climate justice and learn more about this crucial concept! Sign up here!
Making the Future Accessible: Access and Inclusion in the Climate Movement04/1113:30 15:30YFoES - The climate justice movement cannot succeed unless it is accessible to all. Yet too often the movement excludes those whose voices need to be centred and proposes climate solutions that discriminate against the marginalised, who are already disproportionately hit by the effects of climate change. How can we build a climate movement that includes everyone? What do access and inclusion mean in the context of climate justice and why is it important? Come along to our interactive and informative workshop to find out. Through a series of interactive discussions and activities, we will collectively create a shared vision of the future of climate justice. This workshop has been developed by the YFoES Access and Inclusion Working Group - a group of young disabled, neurodivergent and chronically ill young people and allies. Sign up here!
Fossil Free Universities04/1115:30 17:00People and Planet "1.5 to stay alive” was the call to climate action from small island states in the Caribbean during COP21. 6 years on, in the year of COP26, and the fossil fuel industry is still driving us into climate chaos. Join us to get skilled up on action YOU can take in solidarity with frontline communities in the fight for climate and social justice: by using your power as students to push universities to sever investment links with fossil fuels. This will be an interactive workshop with the UK's largest student climate campaigning network: People & Planet. Sign up here!
Bringing Climate Justice to the Classroom05/1110:00 11:00UKYCC - The UKYCC Community Team has developed a workshop designed for delivery in schools to introduce the concept of climate justice to young people. Join us to discuss climate justice, eco-anxiety and how to engage with your community for change. Sign up here!
Eco-Anxiety Panel Discussion05/1113:30 15:00GUEST - A panel discussion exploring how the climate crisis impacts our mental health followed by an audience Q&A. The panel will include speakers from the Climate Psychology Alliance, The University of Glasgow, Elephant In the Room and the Resilience Project. We will focus on issues such as eco-anxiety, mental health among young people, and will discuss the tools we can use to feel empowered rather than helpless in the current ecological crisis. Sign up here!
COP Update08/1111:10 12:10Join us to find out what's been going down in Glasgow! Sign up here!
Importance of Storytelling08/1114:40 15:40Shado - Mainstream media in the UK has a misinformation problem. Euro-centric capitalist corporations control the headlines, who gets heard – and who doesn’t. At Shado mag, we champion the stories that aren’t getting told, from the people who are impacted the most. When a “code red for humanity” has been called, now is the time to learn about the climate crisis from the global communities who are impacted the most but aren’t being listened to. You can help us change that. In this workshop, you will learn how to discover your own climate story, how to pitch it and where and how to get started writing! This workshop will be headed by Shado’s three editors. Shado is a multimedia platform rooted in self-narration. We work with over 200 contributors worldwide to ensure that the right stories are being told by the right people – with the hope that we can stop the spread of misinformation and disrupt the traditional media space with stories from the frontlines. Join the session and get started in helping us with our mission – there has never been a more important time to get youth perspectives out into the world, and we want to help to make sure yours does. Sign up here!
Fossil Free Careers10/1113:30 15:40People and Planet - Find out how educational institutes are propping up oil, gas and mining companies by supplying them with the next generation of talented staff. Learn how to sever recruitment pipelines into companies destroying the environment, and build a youth movement for a Just Transition. This will be an interactive workshop with the UK's largest student climate campaigning network: People & Planet'. Sign up here!
Writing Workshop10/1115:50 16:50UKYCC - Want to write but not sure where to start? Come along to a relaxed writing workshop and spend some time getting your creative juices flowing. Beginners welcome! Sign up here!
Building Climate Resilience across Glasgow City Region12/1013:30 14:30Climate Ready Clyde -Glasgow City Region is a diverse and varied area, with a mix of a major city, towns and villages, as well as mixed landscape and rural environments. It is the local context that frames people’s opportunities, capacity, influence and their experiences of and responses to the impacts of climate change. Hear from Climate Ready Clyde, the leading climate adaptation initiative for Glasgow City Region. Climate Ready Clyde developed Glasgow City Region’s first Adaptation Strategy and Action PlanPlan to kick-start and scale up the Region’s adaptation action. The Strategy aims to ensure Glasgow City Region’s economy, society and environment is not only prepared for, but continues to flourish in the face of the impacts arising from the climate crisis. The Strategy outlines the processes and early interventions needed to manage climate risks and realise opportunities, and provides a strategic framework for adaptation in the Region that fits alongside and supports key plans, policies and activities to enable delivery. The session will allow for interactive discussion, to share experiences of climate impacts and ideas for how we can all help to build our climate resilience while delivering wider benefits for everyone. Sign up here!


What's on

Our events calendar is constantly increasing as events are confirmed, so be sure to check in regularly to see what's on!

Please note that if an event is included here it means that to the best of our knowledge the event will be held. With COVID-19 still around, however, please note that events may be called off up to and including the day of hosting.

Events will be first-come-first-served, however we're aware this may create access issues - Please just get in contact with us if this is the case and we'll find you a spot!

All-day, Every-day

We're working on a series of events and facilities which will be available in the Games Room throughout our opening hours. So far these include zine-making and art projects, and is likely to include games. This will be alongside places to sit and chat and refreshments.

Upcoming

Monday (08/11/21) - Adaptation, Loss & Damage

WorkshopRoomTimeDescription
COP UpdateOnline13:30 14:30YFoES - Join us to find out what's been going down in Glasgow! Sign up here!
Sustainable FashionGames Room13:30 16:50GUEST - The Youth Hub is hosting a sustainable fashion swap shop alongside an exciting range of sustainable fashion organisations from Glasgow.
Fashion Documentary ScreeningCreative Space14:40 16:50GUEST - Alongside the Sustainable Fashion Fair, a series of documentaries will be played exploring issues in the fashion industry and how to combat them. We will be streaming The True Cost and ReDress the Future.
Importance of StorytellingOnline14:40 15:40Shado - Mainstream media in the UK has a misinformation problem. Euro-centric capitalist corporations control the headlines, who gets heard – and who doesn’t. At Shado mag, we champion the stories that aren’t getting told, from the people who are impacted the most. When a “code red for humanity” has been called, now is the time to learn about the climate crisis from the global communities who are impacted the most but aren’t being listened to. You can help us change that. In this workshop, you will learn how to discover your own climate story, how to pitch it and where and how to get started writing! This workshop will be headed by Shado’s three editors. Shado is a multimedia platform rooted in self-narration. We work with over 200 contributors worldwide to ensure that the right stories are being told by the right people – with the hope that we can stop the spread of misinformation and disrupt the traditional media space with stories from the frontlines. Join the session and get started in helping us with our mission – there has never been a more important time to get youth perspectives out into the world, and we want to help to make sure yours does. Sign up here!
Intro to Climate CampaigningWorkshop Space14:40 16:50Learn more about campaigning and how to get started with Young Friends of the Earth Scotland!

Tuesday (09/11/21) - Gender / Science and Innovation

WorkshopRoomTimeDescription
Plant SwapGames RoomAll DayGUEST - Looking for some guilt-free greenery and on a budget? Look no further! Our plant swap will allow you to find some new plants while ensuring your old ones are well cared for - perfect for that Monstera which has become more of a monster! And have no fear, if by the end of the day there's still nothing you like, you can still pick up your plant and take it home.
Climate CafeCreative Room13:30 14:30UKYCC - Looking after our emotional wellbeing is as important as ever. A climate café is a simple, supportive, empathetic space where fears & uncertainties can be safely expressed. The focus of the discussion will be participants’ thoughts and feelings about the climate and ecological crisis. There are no guest speakers and no talks, and it is an advice-free zone. This café will be led by trained facilitators.
Heading for a Crash LandingWorkshop Space14:40 15:40Safe Landing - Aviation is in many ways the pinnacle of climate, social and economic injustice. At a time when we need equitable and rapid cross-sector decarbonisation of our economies – the aviation industry plans to double air traffic during the next 2 decades. It plans to fuel this growth with government subsidies, tax breaks, widespread airport expansion, and incentives for biofuels. Join former aircraft design engineer Finlay Asher, to discuss how movements (including workers WITHIN the sector) can work together to take action against aviation industry greenwash and dangerous expansion plans!
Zine makingCreative Space14:40 16:50YFoES - A zine is a small circulation, self-published DIY work of text and images. Zines can be about anything and everything, and can be made by anyone! Join us for a zine naming session to find out more and make your own mini zine.
Green New Deal RisingWorkshop Space15:50 16:50Green New Deal Rising - We are a movement of young people from every part of the UK, fighting for the better future we all deserve and know is possible. We are millennials and Gen Zs. We come from towns devastated by cuts and we grew up in cities choked by air pollution. We are black, brown and white. Queer, trans and disabled. In school, college and at university. In work and unemployed. We are young people from all walks of life and we will not be silenced. We are coming together now to demand the future we all deserve. We are the generation that will win a Green New Deal. We are Green New Deal Rising and we'd love you to join us. If you're aged 16-35 and want to find out how to get involved, then come along to this welcome meeting to find out all about who we are, what we're fighting for and mega our plan to win for 2022 and beyond.
Supper HubBar18:30 OnwardsSupper Hub - A pay-what-you-can surplus food cafe. Come along for some free vegan food prepared with care by the Supper Hub team - a team of volunteers making use of food that would otherwise go to waste. For this COP26 special be entertained by some of our favourite DJs while you eat your dinner - DJs to be announced soon.

Wednesday (10/11/21) - Transport

WorkshopRoomTimeDescription
Bike Coffee MorningGames Room10:00 11:00GUEST - Come along for a relaxed morning of bike-related conversations! From your first memory on a bike, to your daily experiences cycling, to trying to get into a new type of cycling or even buying your first bike... Come and speak to other young people curious and passionate about cycling.
Bike Fixing WorkshopWorkshop Space10:00 11:00GUEST - Whether you depend on cycling as your daily transport orjust love getting out for a ride at the weekends, having the skills to fix and maintain your bike can be a lifesaver when things go wrong. Come along to a drop-in Q&A session with our GUEST Bike Mechanic covering lots of essential bike maintenance such as replacing a puncture, improving your brakes and smoothing out those gear changes. There will be an example bike in a workstand so you can get hands on tips and advice to take home and try on your own bike.
Fossil Free CareersOnline13:30 15:40People and Planet - Find out how educational institutes are propping up oil, gas and mining companies by supplying them with the next generation of talented staff. Learn how to sever recruitment pipelines into companies destroying the environment, and build a youth movement for a Just Transition. This will be an interactive workshop with the UK's largest student climate campaigning network: People & Planet'. Sign up here!
Still-life DrawingCreative Space13:30 15:40UKYCC - Take a break from the chaos of COP and join us for some chill sketching. Feel free to drop in any time during the session. Beginners welcome, we will provide some sketching materials. but feel free to bring your own if you want.
Frustrated by Social Media? Join This.Workshop Space14:40 15:40CURV - Social media is breaking society: misinformation is destabilising democracy, polarisation is fuelling extremism and we are witnessing a mental health crisis on a global scale. Most importantly, social media is encouraging performative slacktivism at a time when we must come together and act. That is why we are building Curv - a social network, for social change. Join this event to learn more, get involved and have your say on what social 2.0 needs to be.
Writing WorkshopCreative Space/ online15:50 16:50UKYCC - Want to write but not sure where to start? Come along to a relaxed writing workshop and spend some time getting your creative juices flowing. Beginners welcome! Sign up here!

Thursday (11/11/21) - Cities, Regions and Built Environment

WorkshopRoomTimeDescription
Fighting the Greenwash!Games Room13:30 15:40Glasgow calls out Polluters - Carbon markets, offsetting, sponsors that abuse human rights, accounting loopholes to hide emissions. We will be decoding all the dodgy practices polluting companies and governments partake in to pretend they are doing something about climate change. Is Barclay’s really the queer icon it claims to be as it sponsors Pride? And does Shell really want to emancipate women, as it said it did when it rebranded to Shell for international women’s day? Find out at our session!
Fossil Free AgricultureWorkshop Space14:40 15:40ASEED - In this workshop, we will raise awareness on the connections between the climate crisis and the industrial food system, one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. The few agribusinesses behind the industrial food system make profit through exploitation, (neo)colonial practices and destruction of ecosystems. This means we must smash the industrial food system! With the help of interactive activities, we will present and reflect on alternatives to this capitalist and (neo)colonial system. Together, we will discuss which struggles to prioritize and how to move forward.
Creating Sustainable Food PolicyWorkshop Space15:50 16:40GUEST - The Glasgow City Food Plan is an example of a collective policy that is helping to make Glasgow's food system more sustainable. Come along to learn about the process of making this happen and how we can actually make our government policies sustainable through collective action.
Singing WorkshopCreative Space15:50 16:50UKYCC - Music can provide an escape from everyday stresses, and that's more true than ever in the busy fortnight of COP! Join us for an informal singing session and have some fun finding your voice!

Friday (12/11/21) - Closure of Negotiations

WorkshopRoomTimeDescription
What's Next After COP?Games Room13:30 15:40YFoES, GUEST, UKYCC - Join us to chat about what's next for the youth climate movement after the UN Climate conference leaves town.
Building Climate Resilience across Glasgow City RegionOnline13:30 14:30Climate Ready Clyde -Glasgow City Region is a diverse and varied area, with a mix of a major city, towns and villages, as well as mixed landscape and rural environments. It is the local context that frames people’s opportunities, capacity, influence and their experiences of and responses to the impacts of climate change. Hear from Climate Ready Clyde, the leading climate adaptation initiative for Glasgow City Region. Climate Ready Clyde developed Glasgow City Region’s first Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to kick-start and scale up the Region’s adaptation action. The Strategy aims to ensure Glasgow City Region’s economy, society and environment is not only prepared for, but continues to flourish in the face of the impacts arising from the climate crisis. The Strategy outlines the processes and early interventions needed to manage climate risks and realise opportunities, and provides a strategic framework for adaptation in the Region that fits alongside and supports key plans, policies and activities to enable delivery. The session will allow for interactive discussion, to share experiences of climate impacts and ideas for how we can all help to build our climate resilience while delivering wider benefits for everyone. Sign up here!
Ecopoetry workshopCreative Space14:40 15:40YFoES - In this session we'll use poetry to explore the climate crisis and our planet. We'll consider different ways of approaching climate-related poetry, and there'll be time for writing and responses. but no need to share if you don't want to. All are welcome - no previous poetry experience needed!
Open Mic/ Poetry-sharing SessionGames Room15:50 16:50YFoES - Come along to our open mic to share your poetry, stories and reflections from COP. You don't have to perform anything, but all are welcome to.

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