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NUJ advice on covering the climate conference

The COP26 logo

The logo of COP26, the twenty-sixth "Conference of the Parties" - of the states that have signed the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

THE NUJ's advice for journalists covering the events around the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow (31 October to 12 November) is now online as a PDF here.

It includes dedicated phone numbers for Thompsons Solicitors Scotland - the NUJ's lawyers for emergencies - as well as a phone number for Police Scotland for journalists to call when facing "difficulties with police officers, such as being kettled along with protestors". There is also an NUJ Scottish Office number for "non-emergency queries".

The advice also includes tips on staying safe while covering protests, including what sort of clothing to wear: if you plan to cover the protests around COP26, consider "strong boots or shoes" and "strong, tight-fitting clothing" that cannot "easily be grabbed". It also covers public order legislation specific to Scotland that police might use on protests and journalists covering them. Non-Scots in particular need to check this out.

Please take the time to study the advice if you are planning to cover COP26. Freelance Organiser David Ayrton told the September LFB meeting that the Freelance Office may possibly be able to assist freelance members seeking accreditation to cover COP26 or other events if its organisers are "actively making your life a nightmare with registration". But sorting this out this would be unlikely at this late stage. We've also heard that accommodation will be practically impossible to find in Glasgow this late in the day, although you may be able to find something in Edinburgh, about an hour's train ride away.

For those not going to COP26 to cover it as journalists, there is a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice on 6 November, with a website that lists actions locally. This has been called by the COP26 Coalition, which includes trades unions.