The Scottish Government has urged Scots to open their doors to Cop26 attendees.

Nearly 700 households have already signed up to the Cop26 Homestay Network, which is operated by the third sector.

But the Scottish Government has renewed calls for local residents to open their doors, particular to those reliant on free or low-cost accommodation.

Scottish Greens minister Patrick Harvie said environmental issues are being felt in some of the world’s poorest countries and any deals struck at the watershed summit will require the voices of those from those areas to be heard.

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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 added: “That’s why the Scottish Government has sponsored dialogues with colleagues from the global south and is promoting the voices of children and young people throughout Cop26.

“And that’s why we need people to be able to attend who might otherwise struggle.

“I’m pleased that the Cop26 Homestay Network is continuing the tradition of solidarity, linking local households with attendees to provide affordable accommodation, helping ensure that those critical voices are heard.

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“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.”