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    26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties
    Glasgow Museums Climate Justice Social Media Film Proposal: Voices from the Front Line.

    The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November. At the summit, delegates including politicians, scientists, business groups and NGOs will come together to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. In spite of the disproportionate effect that climate change is having on the world’s indigenous peoples, community representatives of their choosing have never been invited to participate at COP negotiating tables. As a result, their voices, wisdom and ancestral knowledge are not being heard.
    The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow this November and the Scottish government is heavily promoting its museums to COP delegates. At Glasgow’s Open Museum we believe that museums should act as safe, neutral spaces where people can freely express their views. Therefore, during COP26, we plan to offer a virtual space to those most deeply affected by issues around climate change, to give them a platform to voice their concerns, tell their stories and show the world how climate change affects their lives.

    If you or a community you know would like to take part or send us a short film using your cell phone.

    • Your film should be no more than 3-5 minutes long. This gives maximum impact and keeps your audience’s attention.
    • You can speak on any topic that describes your experiences of the effects of climate change on your life or that of your community your livelihood or that of the world around you.
    • Please avoid offensive language, threats of violence or allegations against named individuals.
    • If possible, you should film outdoors, as near to the location of your story as you can safely get.
    • Use visuals as much as possible – show us where you are to illustrate what you are trying to say. This is especially important if you don’t speak English.
    • Send us your drafts via WhatsApp or Messenger. We’ll help and advise you how to make the most impact. We are starting early in order to allow for the difficulties of working around difficulties with internet, phone memory, weather and life events.
    • If your final footage is a bit long for social media, you can share via file-sharing apps such as WeTransfer, Drive or the Cloud.
    • You have to submit your final version by the end of September/early October.
    • We will not edit your final version. Your voice will not be diluted in any way and you will have total control over the final content.
    • Our team at Glasgow Museums will add introductory and closing elements, including titles, information about you (if you want to, and it is safe to do so), acknowledgements and logos. These spaces will also include a title image of a Glasgow Museums’ object or objects relevant to your film, so we will choose those with you from photographs.
    • Your film will be shown on Glasgow Open Museum’s own YouTube channel. We will be heavily promoting that, and we’ll make sure that you can also spread the word.
    • We will release one film per day in the weeks running up to COP26. At the start of COP26 itself we will also release a combined version for viewing on demand on Vimeo or the Open Museum YouTube channel.
    • My name is Patricia Allan, and I am the Curator of World Cultures at Glasgow Museums. If you or your institution would like to collaborate or partner with us on COP26 events, and for further information, please contact me on or

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