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COP26: Scots urged to open up their homes to attendees

‘Nearly 700 households have already signed up to the COP26 Homestay Network, operated by the third sector.

But Scottish Greens minister Patrick Harvie issued a fresh appeal on behalf of those reliant on low-cost options’…

He said: “We know that the impacts of climate change are not felt equally. In fact, those countries and people least responsible for the climate crisis are the ones most severely affected by it.

“It is vital that the voices of those most affected by the climate crisis are heard and acted upon.”

Mr Harvie praised the “tradition of solidarity” embodied by the scheme.

He added: “Accommodation at any COP climate conference is challenging and Glasgow is no exception.

“This scheme gives local hosts a chance to do their bit to ensure a successful summit, meeting remarkable people from around the world while supporting the global movement to tackle climate change.” ‘ 

Article: 10th October 2021, BBC News

Image: Glasgow host Flick


Airbnb flat for Glasgow Cop26 summit listed at £100,000

‘Kat Jones of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland […] believes platforms should have capped rents.

“If they were doing this to genuinely help people attend the summit they wouldn’t be allowing these ridiculous prices,” she said.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the Cop26 Coalition are calling on locals to host visitors for free through a home-sharing service, billed as an opportunity for Glaswegians to feel involved in the conference.

So far 825 households have signed up to the Cop26 Homestay Network but 3,000 people remain on the waiting list.

Mary Church, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the lack of affordable housing meant the conference risked being “the most exclusionary Cop ever” and not the “most inclusive” described by Alok Sharma, the president of Cop26.

The owner of one property management group said he had been approached countless times by people with “pretty average 2-beds in the city centre who are wanting £1,000 a night”.

He added: “People are not getting value for money. This seems to have highlighted a lot of greed in a lot of people — it’s the Glasgow gold rush.” ‘ 


Article: Constance Kampfner,
Wednesday October 13 2021, The Times

Image: Glasgow host Maria, photo by Rona Mae Stewart


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


‘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


Human Hotel are resisting the mainstream

Human Hotel isn’t about fumbling about in a safe box for a front door key and dodging your host as much as possible; it’s all about hooking sociable travellers up with welcoming hosts and laying the foundations for solid relationships. The business has been going for close to a decade, but this year it feels undeniably, deliciously punk…’

Human Hotel is normadism at its best; it’s how Airbnb was originally, before “Airbnb host” became an unofficial occupation in itself. Checking in to the Human Hotel, so to speak, means seeing a city from your host’s unfiltered, everyday perspective.

Article:  Robbie Hodges, 3rd September 2020, Suitcase

Image:  NYC Host Frank by Shane Timm 


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


The first travel platform that unites talents around the world

‘They encourage you to let your creative and authentic touch prevail, instead of being clinical and lifeless. It is a community of creatives and they want us to maintain our idiosyncrasies and those of our homes.’

Article:  19th June 2020, CC Magazine

Image:  Moscow Host Lyuda by  Maria Ionova Gribina