COP26! The Last Gasp for Humanity!

COP 26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties. This conference is the last gasp for humanity. The goals and actions decided after this event will decide our future.

COP26 will take place from the 31st of October, today, to the 12th of November 2021 in Glasgow.

During these two weeks the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (which was brought into force on the 21st of March 1994 with 197 countries adopting it and therefore becoming Parties to the Convention) and the Paris Agreement, (which "is a legally binding international treaty on climate change, [that] was adopted by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris on the 12th of December 2015") are the two main topics to be discussed. Parties talk about their progress on these topics and discuss new goals and actions that can be created.

During this COP concrete goals on climate action need to be decided and enforced which can, if parties follow through on them, change our future for the better and alter the course of climate change.

If you want to find out more about COP, which I recommend you do, there are many websites with complete guides and information.
  • The official COP26 website have an extremely useful pack explaining COP26 completely.
  • The guardian has a complete guide on everything you need to know about COP26.
On Instagram there are many amazing accounts that have been set up to bring you information and resources on COP26.
  • @cop26uk - the official instagram account for COP26.
  • @greenpeaceindia - in their most recent post they explain about the key words/jargon used during COP which can help you understand it more.

If you want to get more involved there is an incredible website called the COP26 Coalition. During the week of the 7th of November to the 10th of November 2021, this group is holding many online and in person events during their 'People's Summit for Climate Justice.' The events cover science, to possible solutions to the climate crisis, to highlighting problems and giving support. You can explore their programme including all of the events that can be attended or register straight away for free.

Overall, there is a lot of hope and anticipation resting on COP26. Action needs to be taken. Change needs to happen. And this November, we can all be involved with that action and change.