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POC's COP26 Countdown | The Natural History Museum details its global activity

Wed 27 Oct 2021 | 03:58 am GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

Natural History Museum reveals its COP26 activity line-up

With just a matter of days remaining until the world’s leaders and its leading brands direct their attention to Glasgow, the Natural History Museum has finally lifted the lid on a raft of activity it will be hosting throughout November’s COP26 summit. A key player across the global summit’s engagement activity, The Museum will be striking up a variety of partnerships to implement activity not only within Glasgow, but in London and across the digital space, too – all with the mission of raising critical awareness. In collaboration with The New York Times Climate Hub, The Natural History Museum will be hosting a physical and virtual space where influential leaders and thinkers will be able to join forces wit the wider community to debate, discuss, and discover actionable climate strategies right in the heart of the COP26 action in Glasgow. The nine day physical and virtual event will feature live journalism and thought leadership around action on climate change and will see some of the Museum’s 300 world-leading scientists taking part in panel discussions with influential leaders to debate topics spanning biodiversity loss, deep sea biodiversity, green agriculture, and sourcing the minerals and metals needed for a green economy. The sessions will be live-streamed on The New York Times Climate Hub digital channels. A feed of this will be broadcast for visitors to the Museum to see in its Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It display in London. Also in Glasgow next month for the duration of the summit, the Museum is also partnering with its Ambassador David de Rothschild and his organisation Voice for Nature to run an event space within the New York Times Climate Hub from November 4th to 7th. Called The Nature Bar, it will offer visitors to the Hub the chance to connect with the Museum’s solutions-focused science and provide a platform for a diverse range of high-profile speakers spanning environmental science, activism, conservation, and big business. Speakers will include Dr Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, Dr Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, oceanographer, and explorer, Eric Sala, conservationist, Janine Beyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute and author, and Ocean Advocate and Endurance Swimmer Lewis Pugh among other big names in the space. In a touch of heightened engagement, the panel sessions will be interspersed with quizzes and film screenings with events such as DJ, music producer and environmental toxicologist, Jayda G in conversation with youth activists Daphne Frias and the Museum’s biodiversity researcher Dr Adriana De Palma, and a night of spoken word focused on giving nature a voice featuring the author and artist Oliver Jeffers and the documentary maker, indigenous rights advocate and explorer, Bruce Parry. The ecologist, environmentalist, adventurer and Natural History Museum Ambassadro, David de Rothschild, said: “When we’re willing to slow down, listen and learn, Nature reveals all. “She engages our hearts, moves our emotions and inspires our spirit. She not only provides us with the questions, but she also shows us the answers. “So, it’s with this deep appreciation and mutual respect for Nature and all living systems that The Nature Bar was born as a true collaboration between the Vice for Nature Collective and the Natural History Museum.” Meanwhile, the Museum will be engaging its international audience with COP26 via its digital platforms via a live blog embedded in the Museum’s website Discover section, reporting on the key developments with a mix of short written news reports and updates from the Museum staff and conference attendees. Bringing COP26 to the UK’s capital, and The Natural History Museum will also be hosting a free display – Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It. It will explore the ways in which humans have transformed the natural world through more than 40 objects chosen by the Museum scientists revealing the consequences of our actions. The display will go on to examine some of the solutions that could help mend the planet, covering themes such as the food we eat, the products we use, and the energy we consume. “Our mission is to create advocates for the planet whether they are policy makers or business leaders, school students of families,” said the director of the Natural History Museum, Doug Gurr. “So, it is fantastic to be joining forces with The New York Times and Voice for Nature to engage decision makers and delegates on the ground in Glasgow with the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss – while also keeping our digital audiences up to speed and providing a dedicated space for these themes in London through Our Broken Planet exhibition.”
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