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The COP26 Homestay Network

Support the climate justice movement by hosting the fantastic folks coming to COP26 Glasgow 1st – 12th November

COVID-19: Public health and the safety of our communities is our primary concern.
We are prepared for any COVID-19 scenario but whatever happens, we still need you to sign up now and help us build this amazing network.
Read our full statement and policies here.

FOR GLASGOW & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

Host a climate justice guest

Opening your home (and your heart) to an international network of visiting activists, scientists, and policy makers is one of the most impactful ways you can contribute to the movement.

It’s easy to sign up, simple to use, and makes a huge impact:

ACCOMMODATION FOR VISITORS TO GLASGOW

Stay in affordable and sustainable housing

The COP26 homestay network is one of the most environmentally-friendly and affordable accommodation solutions in Glasgow during the UN Climate Conference.

Indigenous Peruvian shaman at the home of her Human Hotel host in Copenhagen, 2009 – COP15.

What we do

The COP26 homestay network allows people in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to offer space in their private homes as overnight accommodation for visitors from the climate justice movement during the COP26 conference. Visitors to the COP26 can then book and stay in these spaces.

Through this homestay concept, we hope to start more conversations around the climate emergency, foster connections between the movement and local communities, and be able to offer affordable accommodation to those who need it most.

Who we are

climate.humanhotel.org is an independent and self-contained homesharing community for the climate justice movement. It is created by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition in partnership with Human Hotel for COP26.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a civil society coalition who have been campaigning together on climate change since 2007. We have over 60 members including environment NGOs, community groups, development charities, unions, and faith and belief groups. Climate Fringe provides a platform to share events and connect around Climate Change and COP26 – built by SCCS.

The COP26 Coalition is a civil society coalition made of groups and individuals from a range of constituencies in Scotland and the rest of the UK, including trade unions, direct action networks, climate justice groups, environment and development NGOs, faith groups, youth, migrant and racial justice networks.

Human Hotel is a homesharing community that strives to build real human connections. We began life by finding housing for over 3000 activists in Copenhagen for the COP15 in 2009.

FAQs

Find answers to some of the more frequent questions about the COP26 Homestay Network here and in our customer support area.

I don't have a spare room, can I still get involved?

Absolutely! You can list a couch or crash space for those who are comfortable sharing space.

What if COP26 is postponed again or moved online?

 

The UK Government has repeatedly stressed that it is committed to hosting an in-person COP in Glasgow in November 2021, despite rumours about it being postponed again due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

 

If the COP is postponed again, the COP26 Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland would work together to make sure that the Homestay Network can be used for the new COP dates. If the conference is moved online, the COP26 Coalition and SCCS would decide how the Homestay Network would be best used to support our aims of climate justice and strengthening the international climate movement.

What if there is another surge in Covid cases in the UK?

 

The COP26 Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are organising all activities (including the COP26 Homestay Network) in line with Scottish Government Covid guidelines, taking into account the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic situation. We will make any decision on whether to use the platform based on the Scottish Government’s most up-to-date predictions for November 2021, and communicate this to all potential hosts and guests in good time.

What are the terms and conditions?

We keep things simple and straightforward for our guests and hosts. Read further our full Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

What will happen to my account/data after COP26?

It is our hope that climate.humanhotel.org will continue beyond COP26 and live on as a sustainable, affordable homestay network for the climate justice movement. If you do not wish to be a part of this after the conference, then you are of course free to delete your profile, and your data will be removed too.

What's the difference between climate.humanhotel.org and booking.humanhotel.com?

climate.humanhotel.org is the specially designed COP26 Homeshare Network. It has been set up as a collaboration between Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, the COP26 Coalition, and Human Hotel to cater for activists coming to Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference in November 2021.

 

booking.humanhotel.com is the original Human Hotel platform – ‘a curated community for like-hearted humans to share homes and connect.’ It offers its users the opportunity to host and stay with each other around the world.

What are your policies regarding COVID-19 / Corona?

You can read our Covid-19 policies here.

What are the trust & safety initiatives?

You can read about our Host Trust Guarantee initiative here.

I want to support the Climate Movement but can’t host over COP, how else can I get involved?

There’s lots of ways to get involved with the activities in and around COP26 in November 2021, from stewarding at mass mobilisations to organising events. Please visit the COP26 Coalition’s website and the Climate Fringe to view some of the current opportunities.

Why are there booking fees even though the hosts are free?
  • The aim of creating the Homestay Network website was not just that it would be useful for COP26 but that it would become sustainable in the long term and able to support climate/social/environmental actions and meetings anywhere in the world through home sharing.
  • In order for this to happen it needs to be on a sustainable footing, covering its costs which would mean a platform charge for each booking. 
  • The costs of the setup and management of the platform for COP26 were covered half by fundraising by SCCS and half from Human Hotel, with the plan that this would be raised from the fees at booking
  • At present the platform charge is $5 per night for those booking and at the present time around half the costs covered by Human hotel have been raised by this charge
  • Any money raised over and above the initial target will go to supporting and subsidining the platform for the next COP, or other meetings and gatherings going forward. As the platform moves towards sustainability with more bookings coming in, the per-night charge will be able to be reduced.
  • If there is a need for waiving the fees then that is something that is possible. Human Hotel are keen to ensure that no one is excluded on the basis of the platform fee and so are working on a solution to make that part of the information for those booking.

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