The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Glasgow during the first two weeks of November 2021. We will be joining events in the run up to, and throughout, this period, which you will find listed below.

On this page you will also find announcements, joint letters, briefings and press releases related to COP 26.


28th October – COPtimism Summit – Deputy CEO Adele Jones speaking on panel

2nd November – SFT & Freuds event, Why is food and farming missing in action at COP? at Goals House 10-11am – watch again here.

This event will explore the key actions that must be taken by the food and farming sector to drive change. This includes:
  • Building consensus on what farming practices align with nature – the ‘blueprints’ for farms of the future and incentives to support this transition
  • Aligning our diets to farms which contribute positively to climate, nature and health
  • Measuring progress in a clear and consistent way
  • Developing international trade agreements which help drive this change

3rd November – Tortoise ThinkIn: SFT CEO Patrick Holden speaking on panel with Chris Kempczinski, Global CEO, McDonald’s at 10:30 – 11:30, NY Times Climate Hub. Watch again here.

4th November – Harmony Project Webinar, How can we present the climate crisis to young people in an engaging way? Zoom 5-6pm. Sign up:

6th November – Fabia Bromovsky moderating, Global Landscape Forum: How productive farming landscapes are part of Australia’s climate solution, 10:45 – 11:30, Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Book here

7th November – Patrick speaking, Financing the Future: What’s next for philanthropy in the climate emergency?, 17:15 – 18:15, Nourish Scotland Pavilion and streamed online – register here:

8th November – Patrick speaking, Using Investment and True Cost Accounting as Levers for Food Systems Change, Rockefeller Pavilion, 12:30 – 13:30. Attend in person or online, register here:

9th November – Adele Jones speaking on She Changes Climate, The Soil Sisters Panel, 9-9:45, The Pipe Factory, Glasgow. Register here. 

9th November – Patrick Holden speaking on panel, A Different Approach to Meat, moderated by Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank. 15:30-17:00, Nourish Scotland Pavilion. Register or watch the livestream:

For other food and farming events, visit Sustain’s roundup of sustainable farming activity at COP.

SFT Media Briefing

In our briefing to media, we put forward some key points which, if taken forward by leaders at COP, could transform food and farming’s climate impact.

  1. We need a Global Farm Metric (GFM) to better understand the impact of our farming and food systems. We have formed an unusual coalition of over 50 organisations, from NatWest, McDonald’s and Morrisons, to the RSPB, Soil Association and WWF. The GFM provides a framework of key sustainability indicators that can be applied to all farming systems. This Thursday we will launch a new website and report for the GFM. Please get in touch to receive this.
  2. Livestock have an important role to play. Simply going vegan to address climate change isn’t the answer. It’s about how food is produced – intensive livestock systems are damaging, particularly cheap chicken and pork or feedlot beef. But grass-fed, regenerative systems are critical for sustainable farming because they help protect and build carbon in the soil – the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon store. To eat sustainably, we should align our diets to the outputs of sustainable farms in the countries or regions in which we live.
  3. We need a ‘Paris-style’ agreement for farming which ensures trade is based on principles of sustainability.
  4. We need to relocalise our food systems and strengthen local supply chain infrastructure.

Click here for the full briefing.

COP26 Day Two press release: SFT & Freuds event and launch of Regen10

On the second day of COP26, the potential of agriculture to be perhaps the biggest nature-based solution to climate change was the feature of a panel hosted by the Sustainable Food Trust and Freuds and the driving mission of a new collective, Regen10, launched today.

Click here for the full press release.

Policy briefing

Delivering the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) across farming and land use

A joint briefing with Sustain, Soil Association, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and the Floodplain Meadows Partnership that addresses concerns with the Climate Change Committee and Net Zero Strategy’s approach to farming and land use. We propose an alternative vision which sees efforts to tackle climate change as interconnected with protecting biodiversity and producing healthy, nutritious food.

Click here to read the briefing.

Open Letter to Boris Johnson

This joint letter, organised by Sustain and signed by the Sustainable Food Trust and other Sustain members, calls for action to reduce the climate impacts of food and farming.

Click here to read the letter.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our work, or for interviews, quotes or speaking engagements.

Megan Perry, Head of Policy & Campaigns


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