2021 - R2R hub events

Join the Race to Resilience

Mon, 01 Nov 2021 09:07:00 GMT

Glasgow Caledonian University is providing expert analysis to the United Nations at COP26 in a bid to help people better cope with the impact of climate change.

The global climate conference, hosted in Glasgow over the next two weeks, will see the two collaborate as part of the Race to Resilience campaign – which aims to create a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience.

The partnership will involve a physical and virtual 'COP Resilience Hub' to help business, investors, civil society, academia, cities and regions act in shaping climate resilience by sharing best practice and building collaboration; helping amplify messages on resilience and adaptation at COP26; and helping set the direction for future action on adaptation and resilience beyond COP26.

GCU's Centre for Climate Justice will act as the as the Resilience Hub's 'cross-cutting climate justice champion', providing analysis on increasing the quantity and quality of finance for adaptation and resilience; empowering women, girls, youth, indigenous people, and people living with disabilities; and putting knowledge and best practice into use.

The Resilience Hub will be a physical pavilion in the COP26 Blue Zone, a space in the centre of Glasgow that will be open to all, with a large virtual platform running every day throughout COP, connecting people across the planet.

A number of Hub events will also be held on GCU's Glasgow campus. Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of GCU's Centre for Climate Justice, will be present at the Hub's launch on November 1.

She said: "Climate change is damaging people on the front line of the climate crisis. Building resilience and supporting communities to adapt to, and cope with, their changing environment is vitally important.  We are delighted to be working alongside the Resilience Hub to guide and direct what that looks like through a climate justice lens."

Hub events taking place at GCU are as follows:

  1. Nov 3: Beyond carbon: a new way to measure climate transition risk & value resilience
  2. Nov 4: Infrastructure interdependencies; minimizing the likelihood of cascading risk
  3. Nov 4: The [uncertain] Four Seasons
  4. Nov 5: Culture's Place on Earth: Creative Commissions for Climate Action
  5. Nov 8:  Analytics matters
  6. Nov 9: We need to talk about mental health in a changing climate
  7. Nov 11 Integrating a Net-Zero energy system transformation
  8. Nov 11 Resilience Engineered Episode 1: Preparing for an uncertain future
  9. Nov 11 What makes urban infrastructure resilient to weather and climate change?


To learn more about GCU's COP26 events and projects visit our webpage.