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About

Stories of Glasgow

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Uniting local communities to combat the climate crisis

Stories of Glasgow is a community-focused project that aims to inspire climate action at every level through the power of telling stories.

We are inviting schools, community groups, and businesses across the Greater Glasgow area to – quite literally - put down roots and create their Story Tree.

More than that, we want to encourage everyone in Glasgow to reconnect with themselves, with nature, with our culture, and with each other. By adding your Story Tree to our treasure map, you are contributing to a new active travel route, allowing us all to connect and explore our city by foot, bike, scooter or skateboard. Your only limit is your imagination!

We started our journey on Crowdfunder and then were accepted as part of the Glasgow City Council’s Climate Challenge, which provided matched funding to help us hit the remainder of our target and make this bold idea an exciting reality.

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About Our Founder

I’m Jen, founder of Stories of Glasgow.I’m a former climate scientist with a passion for nurturing community engagement and now spend my days as a storyteller, social entrepreneur, and climate campaigner.

I left academia after becoming overwhelmed by the evidence of our climate reality and started looking beyond our organisations and institutions for an answer.

The truth is, we can look at the facts and figures until we’re blue in the face, but they are scary and confusing. This leaves us feeling powerless – which absolutely isn’t the case!

The greatest opportunity we have to create a liveable future starts with action at a local level. Community engagement and making changes in our own city are how we can start to take radical climate action.

One of the huge inspirations behind Stories of Glasgow is Sir David Attenborough. His speech at the beginning of COP26, which focuses on people coming together in a divided society, shows that our actions at a local level can have a profound impact on the world.

We can pave the way to a better tomorrow through love, compassion, and togetherness - and have fun in the process. That is exactly what Stories of Glasgow is all about.

Project Phases

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Phase 1 – Spotlighting the Stories
The project begins with the most important work of all – learning about your stories and creating your Story Trees!

After launching with a Story Tree workshop in line with Glasgow Goes Green week in March 2023, we will continue to help groups all around the city to join our map in the most creative, engaging, and fun way. How your tree looks – or even, what your tree is – is entirely up to you. Use your imagination – we are big fans of out-of-the-box thinking!

The result of collecting the tales of your past, present, and future will be an interactive Treasure Map that spans every corner of Glasgow!

The deadline for adding a new Story Tree to our map will be the end of July 2023.
Phase Two – Exploring the Stories
In August 2023, Glasgow is once again inviting the world to visit by hosting the UCI Cycling World Championships – just like with COP26.

Not only that, but it is the first time that all of the events have happened in the same place, which feeds into the sense of togetherness that Stories of Glasgow is trying to create.

Active Travel August is coming to Glasgow, and our Story Tree Trail encourages as many people to get involved as possible!

We will host a number of guided bike rides to help get you inspired and involved in active travel, and bring the stories of community action and engagement to life with each tree we stop at.

It’s not just about the destination – it’s about the journey to get there. The Stories of Glasgow Treasure Map will help you to see our city in a different light and explore areas you have never been to before.
Become a Stories of Glasgow Champion

Get Involved

You can become a Stories of Glasgow Champion in three easy steps:
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Submit Your Stories

Fill out our form with details about the stories of your past, present, and future, and how you want to engage your community in combatting climate change. You can find out more about how to get started on your Story Tree on our ‘Get Involved’ page.

Create Your Story Tree

You can create your tree either by participating in a workshop or by following our online guide. Full artistic freedom is encouraged!

Once you have created your Story Tree, get in touch so we can add you as a Champion on our website and spotlight your stories on our social media.

Share the Stories of Glasgow

Don’t forget to let people know that you are a Stories of Glasgow champion on your website and social media! Community collaborations are key, so make sure you explore our other stories too.

See how you can get involved

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