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.
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.
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.
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.
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.