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05 December 2021

COP26 Glasgow 2021

With Glasgow hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 to 12 November 2021, this is a good time to catch up with some of the green initiatives and events taking place in the book industry.


Publishing Declares

Publishing Declares, a sustainability pledge with 39 founding signatories from across the industry, was launched on 15 October 2021 by the Publishers Association.

The purpose of Publishing Declares is to raise awareness of the sustainability issues most relevant to the UK book and journal publishing industry; to aid the discovery of existing tools and resources and to inspire action that results in sustained behaviour change.


BIC Green Hub

The BIC Green Hub is a BIC initiative designed as a resource for the book industry  where they will share information on how we can be greener and showcase what BIC is doing to help organisations achieve that. Publishing Scotland is looking forward to sponsoring a Green Brunch in 2022.

The seven areas that make up the BIC Green Hub are: Introduction and Supply Chain Challenge | BIC Green Promise and Agenda   | BIC Leadership Initiatives  | Green BIC Brunches | Green Articles and Industry News | BIC Member Initiatives and Successes | The International Green Book Supply Chain Alliance.


BBC Climate Tales competition

The winners of BBC Radio Scotland's Climate Tales have been announced. In each of the categories (5-9 years, 10-13 years, 14-16 years) the judges awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze award. You can see the winners reading their poems, stories, letters and monologues on the BBC website.

The competition was launched by BBC Radio Scotland earlier this year to allow children to write short stories, poems, monologues, raps; whatever form they enjoyed to tell us about their hopes, fears frustrations and opinions on climate change, and write their works in under 500 words.


COP26 Virtual Book Showcase for Climate Change

Books from Barrington Stoke, Dunedin Academic Press and Edinburgh University Press are among those featuring in Exact Editions' virtual exhibition of over 140 books focussing on climate change and sustainability. The exhibition has been arranged to coincide and contribute to both the Pre-COP Meeting in Milan (30 September  to 3 October) and the COP26 Meeting in Glasgow (1 to 12 November).

The virtual showcase will be a free, temporary exhibition and will include fiction and non-fiction titles covering a wide variety of genres, including economics, science, political theory, history, ecology and children's titles.

For more information, see the Exact Editions press release of 7 September and blogs of 7 September and 21 September 2021



Force of Nature on 

The Force of Nature Issue on Books from Scotland celebrates a wonderful, diverse range of nature titles. Nature books - and the connections people have with the natural world - have become a publishing phenomenon. It's not just confined to the countryside. There are deeper issues underlying an appreciation of landscape, flora and fauna in that issue's choices - combatting and managing climate change, balancing the needs of wildlife with the needs of rural economies, more intelligent land use, and celebrating nature in the most unlikeliest of urban settings. And not least is the creative response to the natural world which comes to the fore in the fiction and memoirs.