Our COP26 Community
Our COP26 community
Net zero by 2050 is not enough by itself.
We need to re-think our economy, re-store nature, and re-plenish possibilities for future generations.
That requires a collective mission to re-generate. And we all have a key role to play. The time is now.
The RSA brings together people, ideas and programmes to resolve the challenges of our time. Below you’ll see examples of this in action.
Here is a snapshot of some of the inspirational work our global Fellowship are engaged in. Their commitment and dedication to social impact embodies our purpose to unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time.
Walk2COP, Sam Baker FRSA and Ric Casale FRSA
Over the course of 26 days, 6 walkers will complete a 500 mile Walk2COP26 journey from London to Glasgow - in time for COP26. Along the way, they have committed to having 500 climate conversations, attending 8 events and will bring together citizens, government, businesses, students and civil society. On the topic of climate change, they will explore the urgency felt; the sense of agency; and the appetite for taking action.
The Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, Jerónimo Calderón FRSA
The Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative (ASHI) is an alliance created in 2017, bringing together 30 indigenous nations and their partners to permanently protect 86 million acres of highly biodiverse rainforest in the headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador and Peru. With a shared vision to ensure ecological integrity and to protect life and its ancestral territories, the leaders of different Amazonian organizations built the alliance to cope with the increased thread on their territories and cultures. It contributes to reversing global warming and acts inspiring model for a just ecological transition for the world.
Cuckmere Community Solar, Alister Scott FRSA
Near the small station of Berwick in Sussex, a revolution in sustainable travel is starting to take shape. Members of Cuckmere Community Solar are working with specialist company Riding Sunbeams to connect solar to power trains for the first time in the UK. Riding Sunbeams' mission is to provide Britain’s rail networks with a direct supply of community-owned renewable energy. After extensive feasibility work and research, Riding Sunbeams, working with Network Rail, successfully connected the first pilot solar traction array to the railway at Aldershot station in 2019. This paves the way for the Selmeston Solar Rail Connection Project to start operations in 2022.
Low Carbon Warwickshire Network, Bob Sherman FRSA
The Harbury Energy Initiative (HEI) low carbon group was founded in 2010 with an aim of bringing together existing Warwickshire community low carbon groups to share ideas and, more importantly, stimulate new activity in communities. As well as sourcing funds to enable local projects for community buildings on insulation, LED lighting, solar panels and energy storage, it gave rise to Harbury e-Wheels and Harbury Future Energy. This initiative became the Low Carbon Warwickshire Network.
Further Fellowship activity
Across our global community there is a great deal of good practice and thought leadership on policy areas related to COP26. Below are some examples of other Fellows' activity in this area.
Jamie Plotnek FRSA, Route Zero Climate Group | Perry Walker FRSA, Voicing the air assembly | Alison Doig FRSA, Climate Action Network International & Health and Climate Network | Simone Abram FRSA, Durham Energy Institute COP26 research and activity | Andy Knott FRSA, Carbon Copy | Stephen Elstub FRSA, Evaluation of Climate Assembly UK | William S. Lerner FRSA, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles insights | Richard Katz RFSA, Glass Futures | Bob Johnson FRSA, Vineyard Futureworks | John Reiners FRSA, Green Growth opportunities for the UK | Clare Wightman FRSA, Grapevine Global Citizen Assembly
The RSA shares diverse insights, perspectives and practices across our Fellowship and beyond to advance our collective understanding and impact. Views expressed by individual Fellows on their own webpages or on external sites they link to are not necessarily those of the RSA itself; we offer this space to further the potential for sharing ideas.
The RSA at COP26
Information about upcoming RSA events at COP26 coming soon.
Meilin Chan FRSA
Meilin Chan FRSA asks how younger generations can move from climate anxiety towards sustainable change and how we can all play our part in protecting advocates for change and those most vulnerable from the climate emergency.