The Road to COP26 and how the world is addressing Climate Change
This section of the web site is dedicated to COP26 in November 2021 and the actions Governments from around the world are taking to tackle Climate Change. Here is the link to the COP26 website.
This is the biggest single issue we as individuals, young and old, have to address. It is now affecting our daily lives, no matter where we live on the planet.
As we have found out with the Covid pandemic, all peoples and countries need to find solutions together.
What is COP? The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. For more information, here's a link to Read COP explained
“Tackling climate change is now as much a political and communications challenge as it is a scientific or technological one. We have the skills to address climate change in time, all we need is the global will to do so...
Decisions taken at this G7 meeting, at the Biodiversity COP in China, and COP26 in Glasgow are the most important decisions humanity has ever taken”
David Attenborough 13th June 2021
Watch his full speech! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAYQbcOJmqE
COP 26 GLASGOW 2021
“Let the Earth flourish”
Glasgow’s Patron Saint and founder St Mungo is remembered by a verse that recalls four of his miracles:
“HERE IS THE BIRD THAT NEVER FLEW
HERE IS THE TREE THAT NEVER GREW
HERE IS THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG
HERE IS THE FISH THAT NEVER SWAM”.
These words are both historic and possibly prophetic. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of the birds, the trees, the fish and all humanity will be determined by the decisions taken in Glasgow this year.
St Mungo prayed, ”Lord, let Glasgow flourish” which became the City’s motto. Glasgow and every other community can flourish only if the whole earth flourishes. So our plea for this global conference should be “Let the earth flourish”.
We are all part of the future’s history. It’s worth asking what will be needed by COP26 if it is to go down in history as earth-saving. Taking MUNGO as a mnemonic:
M is for MAGNANIMITY. We can progress only by putting ourselves in the shoes of others especially those already feeling the disastrous effects of climate change.
U is for UNIVERSAL. Although delegates rightly represent their own national interest everyone needs to see themselves as universal ambassadors and champions of the Earth.
N is for NATURE. We are part of nature, not apart from it. There is no future for anyone if the result of COP26 is bad for nature.
G is for GREEN. All our decisions – personal, purchasing and political – have to be greener for a healthier world.
O is for ONLY. We have only the one planet to inhabit and to nurture us. In this Anthropocene era it is up to each and everyone of us to live within nature’s means, for the earth is not a limitless larder.
Let the birds fly, let the trees grow, let the fish swim and let not the bell toll for the Earth is our only home.
The Right Reverend James Jones KBE Bishop of Liverpool (1998-2013) Author of ‘Jesus and the Earth’ and ‘Justice for Christ’s Sake’
Committee on Climate Change CCC Report 24th June 2021 - Forward (Extract)
'The rigour of the Climate Change Act helped bring COP26 to the UK, but it is not enough for Ministers to point to the Glasgow summit and hope that this will carry the day with the public. Leadership is required, detail on the steps the UK will take in the coming years, clarity on tax changes and public spending commitments, active engagement with people and businesses across the country. These steps are essential, so people can see opportunity in climate-positive choices.We cannot rely on good will alone.
This demands a step change in Government action, but it is hard to discern any comprehensive strategy in the climate plans we have seen in the last 12 months. There are gaps and ambiguities. Climate resilience remains a second-order issue, if it is considered at all. We continue to blunder into high-carbon choices. Our Planning system and other fundamental structures have not been recast to meet our legal and international climate commitments.
We commend Ministers for accepting our advice on the future path for UK emissions. The setting of the UK’s 2030 NDC, the passing into law of the Sixth Carbon Budget, the decision to bring international aviation and shipping emissions within the UK carbon budgets; all were made on the Committee’s recommendation. But the Committee’s advice to step-up the ambition and resourcing of adaptation continues to go unheeded. And the willingness to set emissions targets of genuine ambition contrasts with a reluctance to implement the realistic policies necessary to achieve them.
A pattern has emerged of Government strategies that are later than planned and, when they do emerge, short of the required policy ambition. There is still time to address this. This Progress Report offers more than 200 policy recommendations, covering every part of Government. The opportunity to implement them is there. Before COP26, a Net Zero Strategy is promised, which will carry the greatest weight if it is accompanied by Treasury’s review of funding. The Government’s climate change risk assessment, due in early 2022, can change the tone on adaptation and climate risk management. But it is time for the Government to implement these changes with the urgency that the science demands.'
The Road to COP26 - Statement by the UK Presidency of the G7
This statement sets out the action the G7 countries are taking to tackle climate change. You can make up your own mind if this is going to be enough. If you think it is not, remember our community Action Steps - “ Use your voice, vote and investigate choices"