Last Updated: Monday, November 01, 2021

Countdown to COP26

What is this?

An outline of the support, resources and programmes being organised by Education Scotland to support engagement with the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit which is taking place in Glasgow from 01 to 12 November 2021.

Who is this for?

Practitioners, authority staff and partner organisations interested in Learning for Sustainability, climate justice education and who are keen to use the COP26 Summit as an inspirational context for learning.

About the COP26 Summit

In November 2021, the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. This is one of the biggest events of its kind ever to be hosted in our country with 200 world leaders expected to attend. There is hope that the event will result in a truly historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate emergency.

The Scottish Government has identified People and Just Transitions as key themes for the COP26 Summit and has declared that it wants it to be the most inclusive COP summit ever to be held. This includes a strong focus on young people and on engaging disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities.

Within Scotland’s curriculum, Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is recognised as an entitlement for all learners and a recent international study showed that our learners are world-leading global citizens. The COP26 Summit provides us with a unique opportunity to further embed Learning for Sustainability and climate justice education in the curriculum.


1. Join us for COPTV Extra webinars from 9 - 12 November to meet the young journalists reporting direct from COP26.

2. Visit Education Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability blog for the latest news and updates.

3. Check out our COP26 Wakelet for a list of curated resources and activities.

4. Connect with like-minded practitioners to share resources and network via our LfS practitioner Network (Glow login required) in MS Teams in Glow.

5. Join one of the LfS Massive Open Online Professional Learning Courses being run by the University of Edinburgh, British Council and Learning for Sustainability Scotland.

6. Register for the New York Times Climate Hub Educators’ Day on Friday 5 November – online registration for educators is FREE:

7. Email us at: if you are a partner organisation preparing for COP26 and would like to be invited to our COP26 Partner Forum.


Check out our Countdown to COP26 poster to find out more about the learning resources being produced to support the key COP26 themes:

PDF file: Countdown to COP26 (4 MB)

Countdown to COP – Early years through Dugs Discovery DenEarly years COP links with Dug

ThinkLink card: Early Years Countdown to COP

Read to me (Bookcreator): Dug’s Adventures on the Isle of Arran



Countdown to COP - PrimaryPrimary COP links

ThingLink card: Primary Countdown to COP

Practical Guide for Primary - Countdown to COP



Countdown to COP slidesCountdown to COP - BGE

Presentation slides: Countdown to COP

Countdown to COP challenge – Nature

Countdown to COP challenge – Energy Transition

Countdown to COP challenge – Clean Transport

Countdown to COP challenge – Finance
Discover the environmental and social impact of denim, and then transform an old pair of jeans into something new and original.

Countdown to COP challenge – Adaptation and Resilience
Learn about the foods produced in your area and create an original, sustainable meal from local ingredients.

Countdown to COP26 - Information and resources for the CLD Sector


Useful links

A summary of learning for sustainability resources

A summary of outdoor learning resources

Climate change in Scottish education briefing

Weather and climate change website

Exploring climate change

Powerpoint presentation: Learning for Sustainability COP26 Overview (20.7 MB)

Powerpoint presentation: Learning for Sustainability COP26 Overview - Narrated version (47.4 MB)

Scottish Government Net Zero Nation website

Key dates

01 – 12 November 2021 - UN Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland

01 November 2021 - 10th anniversary of One Planet Schools Working Group being established