COP26: Scotland launches Climate Week to engage businesses and communities

It seeks to encourage people and companies to make a pledge they will commit to during the summit in November to tackle climate change

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A week-long programme of initiatives and events to engage businesses, organisations and communities and put people at the heart of the net zero journey ahead of COP26 has been launched in Scotland.

Scotland’s Climate Week 2021 seeks to encourage people and companies to make a pledge they will commit to during COP26 to tackle climate change.

It will also turn the spotlight on the November climate summit by highlighting Scotland’s national and international actions on climate change while building awareness, generating conversations and encouraging commitments to further climate action.

In addition, it will include the launch of a series of Climate Festivals, designed to empower local communities in the climate debate and ensure an “inclusive approach which leaves no one behind”.

The launch of Climate Week comes after the government announced £500,000 of funding for communities across Scotland to take part in climate action projects ahead of the COP26 summit.

Net Zero Secretary Michael Matheson said: “COP26 coming to Scotland is a unique opportunity to advance the society-wide transformation required for us to become a net zero nation.

“I am determined to make sure the conference reaches out far beyond the negotiations in Glasgow. It must reach every community and deliver a lasting legacy that accelerates our emissions reduction whilst making absolutely sure we do that in a way that’s fair and leaves no one behind.

“Becoming a net zero nation will require a huge national effort with all of us embracing the significant changes and the chance to secure a better future for us all. It’s crucial that everyone takes this opportunity to get involved. Only by taking action together will we succeed in creating a fairer, greener and climate resilient society.”

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