The Extreme Hangout gives youth a voice at COP26

Author: Helen Greaves

Read Time:   |  22nd October 2021

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THE EXTREME HANGOUT at COP26 promises to be a collaborative hub for young people to engage, educate, empower, and embolden everyone who joins in.


With COP26 just around the corner, you may be wondering how the younger generation can add their voices to the global conversation on climate change.

Well, we have the answer and it’s coming to Glasgow soon.

EXTREME International, in partnership with One Young World, has created THE EXTREME HANGOUT: an 11-day youth-focused climate change conference running in Glasgow for the duration of the COP26.

THE EXTREME HANGOUT AT COP26 promises to be a dynamic, collaborative, and creative hub for young people to come together, share ideas, be inspired, and leave with a renewed passion, understanding and urgency to drive the green agenda forward.

Located on The Ferry, which is permanently moored at the Anderston Quay on the River Clyde, this floating climate change conference and entertainment hub includes live energetic discussion from 9am to 6pm and evening entertainment from 7pm to midnight, with panels curated with One Young World.

Delegates and guests at THE EXTREME HANGOUT, Powered by OVO, will be unafraid to have the hard conversations, tackle the big issues, buck the status quo, and pledge tangible solutions and actions to tackle climate change.

What’s on?

Each day, the event will cover a key topic through a series of free-to-attend panel discussions from some of the world’s leading organisations and inspiring individuals; experts, activists, agitators, celebrities, artists, musicians – who are all committed to the climate action agenda.

Planned topics include a climate justice panel chaired by Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy discussing the intersectionality of sustainability with class, gender, race and how those least responsible for the problems are most likely to bear the brunt of the negative effects of the climate crisis.

All the panel discussions are going to be live-streamed across the world, with highlights available on the EXTREME’s website, social pages and partner platforms.

As well as the panel debates, throughout the 11-day event guests will be able to check out a climate-based photography exhibition and relax and recharge in the café where guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable coffee cups and water bottles.

From 7pm until midnight there will be screenings of thought-provoking films and debates, followed by live acoustic music from world-class musicians and DJs from 9pm until midnight.

For a full event list, and to book tickets, visit THE EXTREME HANGOUT website.

The people behind the hangout

THE EXTREME HANGOUT AT COP26 is the vision of environmental activist Amber Nuttall and Founder & CEO of Extreme International Alistair Gosling.

Others taking part include:

  •  AY Young – Artist, entrepreneur, sustainability activist
  • Bear Grylls – Adventurer and World Scouting Chief Ambassador
  • Clover Hogan – climate activist
  • Hugo Tagholm – Chief Executive of charity Surfers Against Sewage
  • Lewis Phugh – endurance swimmer and environmental campaigner
  • Magid Magid – race and climate justice activist
  • Marinel Ubaldo – climate activists that is driving change in Asia
  • Tori Tsui – climate activist
  • Robert Charles Swan – the first person to walk to both Poles
  • Ron Garan – Former NASA Astronaut

Environmentalist Amber Nuttall says “the idea of creating THE EXTREME HANGOUT AT COP26 was fuelled by the realisation that the voices of young people are so often ignored, dismissed or patronised.

“As they are going to inherit this planet and will be impacted most by the climate crisis, it is vital that their concerns be heard loud and clear at COP26, their active participation is crucial.

“As a youth-focused brand that explores all corners of the earth through extreme and adventure sports, EXTREME wanted to help create a unique platform for these voices to be heard.

“With the support of One Young World, we have secured a very exciting, diverse and inspiring roster of speakers, activists, artists, all with the aim to engage, educate, empower and embolden everyone who joins in.

“The hope is that everyone who comes to The EXTREME HANGOUT AT COP26 will leave with more hope, less fear and a deeper understanding of how they can be part of the solution.”

Want to be a voice for change? Read our comprehensive guide to living a sustainable life, combating climate change as you go.

Written by

Helen Greaves

Helen has been vegan since 2018 and has a background in vegan food marketing and social media. She's mother to a mischief of rats, and loves to spend her spare time making vegan cakes and bakes.

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