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Climate Change Message in a Bottle: Bringing the Voices of Island Youth to COP26 – Island Space @ COP26

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Climate Change Message in a Bottle is a project funded by the Scottish Government which aims to bring the voices of island youth closer to COP26. Founded by Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, in partnership with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre on the Isle of North Uist, the project involves educational workshops aimed at schoolchildren aged 7-11 on islands around Scotland and the world. After learning about climate science, clean energy and COP26, schoolchildren have written their messages to COP26, demanding climate action from political leaders at the summit. At this event, we will be hosting a screening of the project’s film, which showcases messages from island youth around the world to COP26. After watching the short film, you will hear directly from several young islanders who have been involved in the project, and participating schools will have the opportunity to ask questions to climate experts. Finally, we will hear from politicians and leaders in response to the messages from island youth. This project would not be possible without the kind collaboration of Island Innovation, Youth Scotland, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, UistFilm, Glasgow Science Centre, and the funding and support of the Scottish Government.


Manager of the Climate Change Message in a Bottle Project at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

Bethany Walsh

Bethany Walsh is currently managing the Climate Change Message in a Bottle project at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. Hailing from the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland, and having recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Sustainable Development and Geography, this project draws together her ‘islandness’ and dedication to climate action. Climate Change Message in a Bottle is bringing the messages of young islanders to COP26 through creative learning and film. Also a traditional musician, Bethany can be found playing fiddle across Glasgow and Scotland, and believes that music and the arts are an important way of understanding belonging, history, and place attachments

Arts Manager / UistFilm Director

Andy MacKinnon

Andy Mackinnon has worked in creative & collaborative film and contemporary art since the late 80’s, and lives on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. He was director/cinematographer/producer of the Scottish BAFTA nominated £300k budget feature documentary TRANSITION, the first Scottish documentary to make the official selection at IDFA in 2000. In 2000 he worked with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre to make the participatory documentary feature Passing Places – The Real Outer Hebrides. He is passionate about environmental issues and the islands where he now lives.

UistFilm, based in North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, was formed in 2013 by Andy Mackinnon within Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust, and produces a wide range of media content. Andy produced and directed UistFilm’s first broadcast documentary commission, the widely acclaimed An Dotair Mòr (2014) and recently collaborated with Joshua Bonnetta, whose Uist-shot feature An Dà Sheallach | The Two Sights premiered at Berlinale FORUM in 2020. The FAODAIL | FOUND Outer Hebrides Archive Film project seeks to digitise and disseminate indigenous archive film of the islands as currently all of the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive relating to the Outer Hebrides is from outsider perspectives.

Founder And Co-Director, Strathclyde Centre For Environmental Law And Governance (SCELG)

Francesco Sindico

Francesco Sindico is the Founder and Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He is also Associate Professor (Reader) in International Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School. He leads the EILEAN initiative at SCELG where he researches about law, islands and sustainability. As part of his work on islands he has collaborated with the Scottish Government in the implementation of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and is now a member of the National Islands Plan Delivery Group. He has coordinated with Island Innovation a global survey on Islands and COVID-19 and is also co-leading with Island Innovation and the University of Prince Edward Island the COVID-19 Island Insights series. Francesco is also very active in the climate law field and is the Founder and Co-Director of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI). He has also worked extensively on international water law, an area where he provides legal advice to international organisations and governments before international courts. You can find more about Francesco’s island related work here

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