The delayed COP26 summit is to begin on the last day of October, amid the road closures and the rail strikes, the challenges of social distancing and – perhaps – of Scottish weather in autumn, over 30,000 attendees representing over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs and other groups will meet and attempt to advance the aims of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

While climate change is a scientific fact, the ways in which we experience it, attempt to make sense of it, raise awarness around it and advocate for increased urgency with regards to tackling it are not confined to the realms of the scientific. Culture, arts, sports and events all have roles to play; in terms of increasing awarness, addressing changing agendas around sustainability and, perhaps even helping us to imagine attainable, sustainable futures.

Some of the discussions, debates and discoveries in this area have been captured in myriad podcasts now availble in the ether. As the COP26 campus takes shape, and as Glasgow readies itself to welcome delegates, now is as good a time as any to have a listen.

*+ The New Statesman Podcast: Building Better – how our infrastructure needs to change | Climate Politics
+ Crosscut Talks : Making Sense of Climate Change through Art
+ Green Heritage Futures: Miranda Massie | The Unique Power of Museums to Fight Against Climate Change
+ BBC Radio 4: Costing the Earth | Arts & the Environment

+ BBC Radio 3: Arts & Ideas | Green Thinking: Climate Change and Heritage
+ Architecture Journal’s Climate Champions podcast – Sofie Pelsmakers: Sustainable architecture is architecture on steroids
+ The Sky Sports’ Football Podcast | Playing for the Planet: Sofie Junge Pedersen: “We will see more heart attacks in the future from the heat…”
+ Sounds Like a Plan: Community’ | guest Heidi Lenffer from FEAT (Future Energy Artists) and Cloud Control

Other podcasts are available. However, these offer an insight into some of the discussions ongoing in the ether just now.

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