COP26 – The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change conference, also known as COP26 is going to be held in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021. The aim is to unite the world to tackle the climate crisis. (COP stands for Conference of the Parties.)

COP26 is where world leaders get together to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change and it’s impacts. The world leaders will also be discussing what progress they have made towards the commitments they made at the 2015 Climate Change conference in Paris.

The talks and commitments made at COP26 are really important to us all as they are a crucial opportunity for global agreements to be made to urgently reduce carbon emissions.

It’s also a time when the public can get together to show how important the climate crisis and reduction of carbon emissions is to us all so we can push the governments to take stronger action.

Success at COP26 is really important as current Governments planned fossil fuel production remains dangerously higher than the Paris Agreement limits. Governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, in is not in line with our climate ambitions and net-zero commitments. A recent report by the UN also found that global carbon emissions are set to rise by 16% by 2030 instead of being cut by 50% which is what is needed.

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