To mark the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow from the end of October, the St Andrews Cathedral is shining a light on the heroes helping to tackle the climate crisis as part of a projection exhibit organized by ChangeMakers, an awareness-raising initiative led by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
ChangeMakers tells inspiring stories from across the globe of people helping make a difference in the era of climate change.
"In these extraordinary times, as we are faced with an even more immediate need to confront the climate crisis, ChangeMakers are necessary to galvanize and encourage a climate action movement. CIF is proud to inaugurate and support this initiative because we understand that change starts from all of us. Time and time again, CIF has shown that when champions are supported and nurtured, their eventual success brings about bigger, national transformation." says Mafalda Duarte, CEO of CIF.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, a ChangeMakers partner and COP26 city host, said: "I am immensely proud of all of the hard work and commitment shown by our Glaswegian changemakers in helping us collectively reach our target of net-zero carbon by 2030. I believe that COP26 offers a promise of a greener, more equitable future for us all. This will begin in the world's towns and cities and, to achieve this, we will need our residents to join us on this journey. Through their individual and community leadership on sustainability, the dedication of these ChangeMakers has a big impact on whether we reach our goals in our Dear Green Place."
"These projections celebrate the important steps these individuals have taken in tackling climate change, and I hope the campaign encourages citizens and visitors to the city to create their own climate action commitment."
With the climate crisis approaching the point of no return, the public is being encouraged to join the ChangeMakers initiative, highlighting how individuals can stand against climate change.
Each of us is able to make a positive impact on our environment, no matter where we live or how we support climate action. The choices we make every day lie at the heart of this initiative. It is easy to become part of the ChangeMakers campaign and take a step towards tackling climate change. All it takes is creating and sharing your personal climate action commitment on the ChangeMakers website.
ChangeMakers are people living all over the world who are taking climate action, no matter how big or small. To celebrate these individuals, throughout COP26, St Andrews Cathedral will be illuminated with imagery of real people sparking real change.
Grace W. Kpan, Student, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Grace W. Kpan is a PhD student in Applied Mathematics with a degree in power engineering and a master's degree in renewable energy. She has set up Light On, an initiative of young Africans aimed at promoting excellence and especially entrepreneurship in key areas that are a lever for the economy in West Africa so they will be able to face communities' issues like access to energy.
Robert Alston, Vice-Chair, Glasgow, UK
Robert Alston, an active member of his community, is the vice-chair of Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve Management Group, once an industrial hub linked to the canal, now a much-loved green place in the heart of a Glasgow community. Bob is passionate about fostering the Claypits as a place that is a haven for wildlife and a source of wellbeing, enjoyment and learning for local communities.
Aditi Singh, Engineer, Badla, India
By working as an engineer on a solar plant, Aditi is already helping many people access clean energy. The Bhadla Solar Park is on track to become India's largest solar park, with a planned total capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts. As India's economy grows and more people have access to electricity, there are plans to generate 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022—the equivalent of the entire energy output of Spain.
To find out how you can be a ChangeMaker, and help tackle the climate crisis, visit: