• When: Friday 1 October 2021 1:00 pm - Friday 1 October 2021 1:45 pm
  • Admission: Admission Free
  • Booking: No booking required (drop-in)


What is the impact of community green spaces in connecting communities? And what role can community gardens have in climate change fitting in with the bigger picture through supporting community empowerment and tackling inequalities?
We’d love to hear from you! Join Inverclyde Libraries for our lunch-time Climate Researcher-in-Residence live discussion on Friday 1st of October at 1pm on Inverclyde Libraries facebook page and twitter. We’ll be hearing from our researchers, and welcome hearing your questions and experiences through the chat!
We are also inviting people to plant their own dream for a climate-steady Inverclyde by making their own recycled planter and popping into a library branch to pick up a free bulb too as part of the Fun Palaces challenges on the rest of the weekend! Share in the talk or on social media on the hashtag #FPChallenges #FunPalaces and @InverclydeLibs
Our speakers include:
Dr Cheryl McGeachan who is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow will be sharing her role in setting up the International Green Academy which is a collective of researchers, teachers and young people working together to build school and community gardens.…
Dr Ian Shaw who is an Associate Professor of Global Security Challenges at the University of Leeds will be sharing his research about the vital role of school and community gardens and his role in setting up the International Green Academy whose mission is to build school and community gardens that empower young people.
Fraser Stewart is an Applied Public Policy Researcher at the University of Strathclyde, making clean energy and climate change work actively against poverty and inequality. He also sits on the board of Glasgow Community Energy, and works extensively on climate and justice issues both in media and in his local area.…/governmentpub…/fraserstewart/
Gail Colbron who is the Programme Development Librarian for Inverclyde Libraries who are working in partnership with Beacon Arts Centre, Belville Community Garden Trust and RIG Arts to form one of the seven Climate Beacons in Scotland. The Climate Beacons, led by Creative Carbon Scotland, provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental non-governmental organisations, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area.…/climate…/
Lewis Hou will be chairing the conversation and is director of the Science Ceilidh and supports the Culture and Wellbeing Community Network Scotland and Fun Palaces campaign for cultural democracy
This talk is organised by Science Ceilidh as part of the Explorathon festival which is a programme of online and face-to-face events connecting communities with researchers to find out about research taking place across Scotland.
This discussion is also part of Fun Palaces weekend which is the annual celebration of a year-round campaign celebrating communities, and the creativity, science skills, and culture we believe everyone already has while supporting connections, wellbeing and tackling social isolation.
– Just join our Western Isles Libraries facebook page and/or the twitter account (
– Facebook will being autocaptioning the live-stream. Please let us know if there are any other access needs in advance:
– This event is public, and we champion a kind and inclusive space and will moderate accordingly
– The video will be recorded and you will be able to catch up after the event as well

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