Cùra – Guardian. An event to mark the start of COP 26 at Inverness Cathedral.

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Cùra – Guardian. An event to mark the start of COP 26 at Inverness Cathedral.

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

At 1pm on November 1st there will be a special event at Inverness Cathedral which will mark the start of the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Inverness Cathedral and Dingwall-based organisation, Heartstone have joined forces for this event which will be involving children from across the City, the Eco-Congregation, VIP guests, the Inverness Interfaith Group and representatives of NatureScot for what we hope will be a powerful way to raise awareness of the natural environment, climate change and this globally significant conference.

Cùra is a character from Heartstone’s fictional story, ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’. He is a badger and his name in Gaelic means ‘protector’ or ‘guardian’. In the story, his role is that of a protector of the environment and he has a strong Highland connection, which is why he has been chosen as the centrepiece of this event and the project which follows.

Children drawn from schools across the City are busy preparing artwork in the form of slogans, banners, badger masks, and all are participating in creating a single joint work which will be unveiled in the Cathedral on the 1st to represent the world of Cùra and the Highland natural world where he lives, marking the need to care for, protect and preserve the environment. 

The event on the 1st will include a procession around the Cathedral by the children, a ceremony at the banks of the River Ness outside the Cathedral involving the Inverness Interfaith Group to mark the role of the rivers and seas in climate change, and inside the Cathedral, there will be a service undertaken led by Very Reverend Sarah Murray which will bring together Inverness Cathedral and the London BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple outside India, as a way to mark the need to bring together all faiths, cultures, nationalities, races and backgrounds if we are to successfully tackle climate change. 

This event will however make further connections – with indigenous communities connecting either live on zoom or with recorded greetings from Canada, USA, Kenya, India and the Pacific Islands. Some of these communities will be participating in online events with Heartstone during the period of the COP26 conference sharing stories which demonstrate the connection they have had with the environment which surrounds them over millennia and which have shaped their cultures. 

Monday 1st of November 1-3pm at Inverness Cathedral. 

If you would like further information please contact Kerry Kendell, Office and Events Manager at Inverness Cathedral on 

on 01463 225553 or 07377515852. 



November 1
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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