COP26 INTERVENTIONS are a series of illuminated text sculptures installed by Still/Moving in different locations around Glasgow for the duration of COP26. The works were made with community groups around the country during 2021, indigenous representatives and leaders and with delegates at COP itself.
This seminal phrase is key to the work of environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin: "Justice Reset" is a unifying demand to COP26. It gathers all constituencies whose call for climate justice and just transition recognises the need for a complete overhaul of the existing system by shifting resources and political power to those with less.
Location: Tramway Art Centre
In 1996 David Abram coined the phrase "the more-than-human world" as a way of referring to earthly nature. This phrase was originally installed in the Brigait and hosted by The Encampment of Eternal Hope for the Council Of All Beings, to mark the opening of COP26. It is now hosted by the Clutha Bar, a vibrant grassroots music venue.
Location: The Clutha
Created with workshop participants at Rame Projects in Cornwall, prior to the G7 talks, we asked them what phrase they would want to share with the gathered world leaders
Location: COP Pop Up Restaurant in Argyle Street
A beautiful Welsh word with no direct or easy translation, meaning a longing or nostalgia for a homeland that may no longer even exist. Made with Climate Change Cymru. The phrase is now hosted by the Maryhill Burgh Halls
"Article 8 of the Paris Agreement outlines the responsibilities of countries to take action on loss and damage. Addressing loss and damage stands alongside mitigation and adaptation as a fundamental pillar of climate action. But despite signing on to the Agreement, the wealthy countries who contributed the most to causing loss and damage are still unwilling to provide the finance and support needed to address it." https://ldyouth.org/what-is-lo... During this COP Scotland become the first rich country to publicly contribute to Loss and Damage by giving 1 million. Over the following days at COP other countries are also finally rising to this responsibility and paving the way for reparations.
Location: Outside East Blue Zone Entrance Gate
Made with students from the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Schools project at Tavistock College, this phrase highlighted the responsibility these students feel for the planet's future. The phrase is now hosted by the Wh*eat Cafe CIC in Govan.
Location: Wh*eat Cafe, Govan
Made in response to Greta Thunberg's calls for governments of the Global North to truthfully report their emission statistics and to not carefully select numbers which show them in a favourable light. This phrase formed her backdrop for the Friday's for the Future school strike in George Square. Joining Greta on stage were infamous worldwide Climate activists such as Vanessa Nakate and indigenous groups such as La Minga.
Made with Tenement Veg in Glasgow, this phrase is a "word of the land — it is derived from the Gaelic word ‘dú / dùth’ which can mean ‘earth’ or ‘land’ — our research suggests that the emotional energy of belonging and responsibility, the meaning the word conveys extends to the waters around the homeland." More info here.
The phrase is now hosted by The Bowling Green, East Pollokshields
Originally conceived in a pilot project with #LetterstotheEarth aimed to link the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Through conversations on the street and workshops we wanted to find out what local people felt needed to be said. People expressed there need TO BE HEARD. In COP 26 partnering with LTTE (Listening to the Land Pilgrimage) Still/Moving showed this work at to Kelburn Castle on Sunday the 7th November where many Indigenous elders and Delegates from Vulnerable countries are hosted along with the pilgrims.
On Saturday 6th November about 100,000 people marched in Glasgow to demand more action on the climate crisis. The protest was the biggest so far during the COP26 summit and took place alongside hundreds of similar events around the world. Greta Thunberg joined the march but did not speak, leaving activists such as Vanessa Nakate to address a rally- pointing to the fact that people from vulnerable counties need TO BE HEARD. LOSS + DAMAGE is one bridge between what the activists are calling for and what delegates and people on the inside of COP are working hard to deliver and get acknowledged.
We were incredibly honoured to have our sculpture NO NEW WORLDS switched on by First Minister Nicola sturgeon and Minga Elder Panchita Calfin. This followed a moving ceremonial welcome hosted at Tramway by the First Minister, host of COP and Keeper of the land.
Sturgeon said: “It is a real honour for us to welcome you here and it is of the upmost importance that the voices of indigenous peoples are heard in this conference. I hope to play my part in making sure that your voices are heard… I will take these demands with me and try my best to make sure your voice is heard”.
The demands from Minga Indigena includes: that the Minga are recognised as an official representative of Indigenous Peoples by the UNFCCC, that COP26 include a Justice Reset in their agreement, and that governments across the world promise to leave fossil fuels in the ground.