COP26 Green Zone
Glasgow Science Centre is the official venue for the COP26 Green Zone. COP26 is the crucial United Nations climate change conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.
The Green Zone is where the public, civil society, Indigenous Peoples, youth groups, charities, academics, artists and businesses can have their voices heard at COP26, through an extensive programme of events, workshops, talks and exhibitions that promote dialogue, awareness, education and commitments.
Green Zone Events Programme, Tickets and Virtual access
From 1-12 November, the COP26 Green Zone will be open to the public at Glasgow Science Centre, both in-person and online, with over 200 events.
Please be aware, Glasgow Science Centre is NOT responsible for the events, ticketing or access to the COP26 Green Zone.
The Green Zone and its programme of activities and booking system will be overseen and managed by the UK Government, who are hosting COP26.
For more information on the programme for the Green Zone and bookings, please visit the COP26 website and follow COP26 on social media to get the latest updates on the programme and how to book.
What is COP26?
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) takes place in Glasgow, UK between 31 October and 12 November 2021. COP is sometimes referred to as the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.
For further information, visit https://ukcop26.org
What is the COP26 Green Zone?
Activity at a COP takes place in two different zones - the Blue Zone and the Green Zone.
The Green Zone is for the general public. There will be a wide range of events, including workshops, art exhibitions and installations, as well as presentations, demonstrations of technology and musical performances for everyone to attend.
Glasgow Science Centre will be the venue for the Green Zone for COP26. The Green Zone and its programme of activities and booking system will be overseen and managed by the UK Government, who are hosting COP26.
The Blue Zone is for people registered with the UN body tasked with coordinating the global response to the threat of climate change – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In the Blue Zone you might be part of a national delegation, work for the United Nations and related organisations & agencies or be a member of the media or non-profit observer organisation. In the Blue Zone, delegates from countries meet for both formal negotiations and informal consultations. They may also take part in meetings with other delegations to clarify their position and interests with the aim of reaching agreement or overcoming a negotiating deadlock.
The UNFCCC will also host a range of events, including technical briefings, to support the negotiations process.
For further information, visit https://ukcop26.org
When is GSC open to the public as a visitor attraction?
Glasgow Science Centre is open as normal to the general public from 10:00 - 17:00 on Friday 8 October through Sunday 17 October. All visits to Glasgow Science Centre during this time should be booked online.
Glasgow Science Centre will be closed to the public from Monday 18 October through Friday 19 November. It will reopen as a public visitor attraction on Saturday 20 November 2021.
Glasgow Science Centre will be the official COP26 Green Zone, 1 - 12 November. The Green Zone and its programme of activities and booking system will be overseen and managed by the UK Government, who are hosting COP26. For further information about the COP26 Green Zone, visit https://ukcop26.org
Getting to the COP26 Green Zone
The COP26 Green Zone will be located at:
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
Information about how to get to Glasgow Science Centre on foot or by bike, bus, subway, train or car.
Please ensure that you check the traffic and travel information on the Get Ready Glasgow website for alternative routes when planning your journey, as restrictions and road closures will be in place during COP26.
The Green Zone and its programme of activities and booking system will be overseen and managed by the UK Government, who are hosting COP26. For further information about the COP26 Green Zone, visit https://ukcop26.org
Is the GSC Car Park open?
The GSC car park will be completely closed to all vehicles from 22 October until 17 November 2021.
During the COP26 Green Zone event, there is no parking available on site at Glasgow Science Centre. Please do travel to the venue in a sustainable manner and take alternative methods of travel. There are limited disabled parking spaces available for Blue Badge holders. You must book these in advance by contacting the COP26 Green Zone organisers at email@example.com
Press and media enquiries
The COP26 Green Zone is managed by UK Government. For any media requests regarding the Green Zone, please email COP26Media@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Glasgow Science Centre's Educational Climate Change Programmes
Glasgow Science Centre has produced a series of short explainer videos highlighting the purpose of COP26 and why it is a crucial opportunity to tackle climate change.
What is climate change?
Science Communicator Jennifer explains the difference between climate change and weather and how climate change can cause extreme weather events across the world. Watch the video, "What is Climate Change?"
What is Net Zero?
Science Communicator Jennifer explains what Net Zero means and why its an important target in the fight against climate change. Watch the video, "What is Net Zero?"
What is COP26?
In November 2021, Glasgow hosts COP26, but what is COP26 and why is it important? Watch the video below, "What is COP26?"
Our World, Our Impact
Join Glasgow Science Centre for our biggest climate campaign ever: Our World, Our Impact. The Our World, Our Impact programme which launched in October 2020. It has been bringing the conversation around climate change and building a greener, healthier and fairer futures into your home or school through series of interactive online events, discussions, videos, challenges and more.
Curious About: Our Planet
Glasgow Science Centre's online digital science festival, Curious About: Our Planet features a wide range of live-recorded talks, videos, and educational resources from GSC and our partners. The festival uncovers the impact of climate change on our beautiful planet and explores how we can all help build a more sustainable future.