We are hoping that some mass mobilisation in Glasgow will go ahead. But we are also planning for regional actions which people around the UK can join locally in case long distance travel and accommodation is still difficult.
One of the key characteristics of the COP conferences is that people from all over the world are represented, both in official delegations and from civil society. A crucial element of achieving climate justice is involving those most affected by the crisis in the decisions taken to resolve it. Due to huge global inequality, it is unlikely that people from the global south will be vaccinated against coronavirus before November 2021. We’re part of the campaign for a people’s vaccine to ensure that people around the world have access to the vaccine. But achieving global vaccination will take time.
Therefore, there may therefore be limits on who can travel to the UK. A COP which only features delegates from rich countries would be a huge injustice and would undermine the COP process. An alternative to move some of the negotiations online also disadvantages those nations where internet connectivity is not as reliable, and likely shuts out many civil society voices.
As a result, there is still some uncertainty that COP26 can go ahead at all. Although progress must be made on climate justice this year, we believe that a COP without the voices of the most affected would be a disaster.
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The main day of action for civil society will be 6 November.
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Whatever happens with the conference this year, progress on climate justice is essential.
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