After the Pandemic is an organisation using creativity and community to solve challenges brought on by COVID-19, the climate emergency and more. Working in partnership with a variety of local authorities and government bodies, the organisation is currently supporting initiatives around the country which seek to address a host of complex problems such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
For COP26, After the Pandemic is repurposing derelict land in the centre of Glasgow to challenge how we interact with our cities, environment and ultimately each other when we come out the other side of the global pandemic by turning 3,000 square metres into a cultural park during the upcoming COP26 conference.
The land, located directly under the M8 in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, will be used as an outdoor exhibition space featuring dozens of organisations, also playing host to a variety of live performances and interactive sessions, fuelling increased public engagement and conversations about how land is – and, more importantly, could be – used.
‘The My Land campaign will provide a wonderful central hub of rich stories which I believe will help raise awareness of how land use can affect us all. It was important for us at After the Pandemic to make use of derelict land to show the opportunity that is there for land use to contribute positively to climate change. Derelict Land in urban areas creates a sense of disconnect for communities. For us, having this huge space in the heart of the city centre become part of Glasgow’s fabric is vital – at present derelict land is part of a problem, but in future it can offer a solution, and we hope to engage people in these conversations around how land is used’
Anne Johnstone, After the Pandemic Project Manager
More information can be found about their upcoming work at AfterThePandemic.scot
Check out our debut podcast episode below to hear all about how the initiative was setup, how they are using derelict land to inspire conversations and what we can expect from them in the months to come.