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Tiny Forest and Bloomberg: creating a living legacy for COP26

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, partnered with Earthwatch and Glasgow Science Centre to support the planting of the first Tiny Forest in Glasgow in celebration of COP26. Building on a number of local projects to build an ambitious environmental legacy, Bloomberg also ran community engagement events with teachers and students at the Govan Road Tiny Forest.

Photo credit: Lateral North

Working closely with Bloomberg Associates - the philanthropic consulting arm of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable organisation, Bloomberg Philanthropies - Bloomberg sought further opportunities for long-term environmental impact after success helping communities develop public green space in Milan. They first approached Earthwatch in the context of this work.

In the build up to COP26 in Glasgow, Bloomberg took 85 climate actions in 60 days with its partners to turbocharge climate progress in support of the UN’s climate agenda. A core pillar of these actions was long-term, local impact: Tiny Forest was the perfect partner, helping educate and inspire young people and providing sustainable green spaces for Glaswegian communities.

A site at Govan Road in Glasgow, a mile from the COP26 venue, was identified as the ideal location for the first of four Tiny Forests in Glasgow. The Tiny Forest planting involved three local schools, with Bloomberg running an introductory webinar for the teachers before the planting day.

The project will continue this summer, when Bloomberg also plan to run a teacher training and student Science Day, encouraging the local community to develop a long-term connection with the forest as it grows.

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