There’s no I in COP26: 7 Examples of Climate Collaboration
1 November 2021 - Impact Hub London

This week we’re seeing global leaders from across the world gather for the COP26 conference, to help shape the future of our climate. What’s evident from this major event is that collaboration is key. Without it, we can’t achieve the scale of impact that’s required to make a significant difference.

Here are 7 examples of climate-focused collaborative action from the community:


Stopping chemical harm

Chem Trust aims is to prevent synthetic chemicals from causing long-term damage to wildlife or humans.

Collaboration is key to how CHEM Trust achieves this. They work with other NGOs in the UK and the EU to create a unified voice around the importance of legislating against harmful chemicals that are damaging the health of wildlife and the environment.

We hope COP26 will be an opportunity for the interconnections between the climate, biodiversity and chemical pollution crises to be better understood and actions to tackle all three are prioritised‘.



Linking food and climate

Stemmed from a relationship with our long-standing member Food Ethics Council, Food Talks is an event series that aims to stimulate debate and constructive thinking about the issues that surround the world of food.

With climate on the front of our minds, this year’s overarching theme has been ‘Food, climate, everyone’. We brought together a range of speakers to discuss how food can help address the climate emergency, as well as what a good COP26 would look like for agriculture and our food system.

This event series is delivered in partnership with Organico, and London Food Link, part of Sustain.



Developing learning materials

Creative Exchange is a social enterprise that specialises in building partnerships and networks to help small, creative businesses and organisations develop and grow.

They have worked with 6 EU partner countries on the ICE-CAP project, a comprehensive family learning programme around circular economy.

It includes a range of materials such as comic strips, WebQuests, ready-made lesson plans for teachers and trainers and useful material activists. To request the free content, send an email.



Engaging in the conversation

Environment Talks is an event series aiming to tackle climate change in an interactive and educational way. Delivered in partnership with our in-house sustainability expert Stav Friedman, these sessions cover a range of current topics and leave you with actionable takeaways to help you become more sustainable.

Over the last year we have collaborated with a range of partners, including KeepCup, Make My Money Matter, Hubbub, and Camden Council.

You can access a range of recordings and useful toolkits on our Events Overview page.



Generating new solutions

Impact Hub is a partner of Climathon, a city-based programme created by EIT Climate-KIC that offers a clear pathway to action and interaction – an opportunity for cities and citizens to co-create local ideas to shared climate challenges.

This year, 16 Impact Hubs, from Hamburg to San Salvador, ran a Climathon in their local city. Impact Hub King’s Cross co-led Climathon London in 2020.



Reducing our footprint

We joined Planet Mark this year to help address our own carbon footprint. After receiving our Measurement certification, we now have a good grasp on our current impact and are therefore ready to implementing new changes and processes in order to reduce our carbon emissions across the organisation.



Creating a circular city

We are in the process of developing a new programme that supports entrepreneurs to establish circular economy solutions. Powered by JP Morgan, the aim is to create a more interconnected, inclusive and circular economy within the target boroughs of Islington, Camden, Tower Hamlets and Newham and more widely across London.

We hope the programme helps to increase awareness, reduce waste and improve consumption habits at a business and consumer level. More updates coming soon!


Want to become part of a collaborative community? Discover our coworking memberships or business support programmes.


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