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What the media says about the COP26 Homestay Network

Scottish campaigners condemn Cop26 as ‘the most exclusionary ever’

‘The Cop26 Homestay Network, which was launched in May, and is described by organisers as a “non-corporate Airbnb”, aims to match local hosts from across the central belt of Scotland with visiting climate change campaigners, scientists and non-governmental organisations.

So far, the network has linked up 211 guests with local hosts, booking a total of 2,097 nights. But there are 1,783 more on the waiting list who are still looking for a place to stay.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition – which set up the network – are concerned that official delegates from poorer countries and those hoping to attend events alongside the summit are struggling to find rooms they can afford for the duration of the conference.’

Article: Libby Brooks, 9th September 2021, The Guardian

Image: Glasgow host Clare, by Claire Millar

‘Human Hotel’ offers non-profit homesharing for remarkable encounters

‘In Glasgow locals are opening their houses to non-profit for activists, scientists, or policymakers. The hosting platform called Human Hotel is expanding homesharing to unite people in cities for meaningful causes’

‘The future of cities remains bright if we find the creativity to unite for meaningful causes instead of divide. Perhaps, during the COP26, the impact of homesharing contributes to building bridges and finding a middle ground on different perspectives to take courageous action—together— and address one of the common struggles of humanity’.

Article: Susana F. Molina, 7th September 2021, The Urban Activist

Image: Glasgow host Alena, by Rona Mae Stewart

‘Why I am giving up my home to climate activists’

‘Mim Black, from the COP26 coalition, says: “People from poorer countries are totally being priced out of even being able to come to COP.

“This can’t just be another jamboree for rich people from rich countries to come to another city and make decisions on the future of this planet…” 

‘Rituraj Phukan is the founder of the Indigenous People’s Climate Justice Forum… “It is important that negotiators at COP26 somehow get to hear the stories of the global south…” 

‘Rituraj says his hopes of getting to Glasgow were not looking hopeful, given the prohibitive costs of accommodation. So the Homestay Network was “a blessing”… 

Article: Harriet Bradshaw, Sunday, 22nd August 2021, BBC News

Image: Rituraj Phukan

Glasgow urged to give a room free for Cop26 conference

‘For Elizabeth Collins it is the right thing to do. She has offered her spare room to one of the thousands of international delegates who will be in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12 for Cop26, which is being billed as the most important climate change conference in years.

Even with prices for privately owned short-term accommodation soaring because of demand, Collins will not charge her female guest, who is from Timor-Leste, part of a remote south Asian island and one of the world’s poorest countries. She views the action as her way to help tackle global warming…’

‘Collins, 28, from Govanhill… “I see something like this as an opportunity to meet interesting people who are trying to make a difference. Some residents may be charging fortunes for their rooms but I like to think there is an alternative.”

Article: Jeremy Watson, Sunday, 15th August 2021, The Times

Image: Elizabeth Collins

Ordinary Scots to welcome COP26 visitors with home sharing network

‘Amid disquiet over exorbitant hotel prices in the city via the UK Government’s official accommodation provider and rates being hiked by some home owners on Airbnb and similar sites, the scheme hopes to provide an affordable and accessible alternative for those travelling to November’s conference…’

 

‘…Kat Jones, COP26 project manager at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, explained: “We want to give people a real sense of place and make them feel at home in Glasgow. COPs tend to just come down on a city like an alien invasion and disappear again, but we want to help visitors meet ordinary Glaswegians and make connections. It’s also a way of making people here feel involved with COP26. I think there’s a real enthusiasm across Scotland, and not just across the climate movement, so we want to encourage that.” 

Article: Martyn McLaughlin, Sunday, 16th May 2021, The Scotsman

Image: Jeff J Mitchell via The Scotsman

Glasgow will be in the spotlight later this year when it hosts COP 26

‘Cathy finds out what’s been learnt from previous years and how one local organisation is trying to encourage visitors to experience some Glasgow hospitality by staying with a local family. With Kat Jones from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, and Bishop Philip Huggins, of the Anglican Church of Australia and a veteran of COP gatherings.’

Media:  Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald, BBC Radio Scotland