Published on 11 February 2020
We have a huge opportunity over the coming year to build on this momentum as we look forward to hosting COP26 in Glasgow in November.
- Fiona Buchanan, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator.
Later this year world leaders will come together to discuss how to tackle climate change on a global scale when the UK hosts the UN climate change talks (COP26) in Glasgow in November. The conference has been described as the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. For many, these UN climate talks remain the best, and only, global platform to build consensus on climate action and climate justice.
The climate crisis is one of the greatest injustices that we face, with the world on course to reach 3 degrees warming unless rapid and drastic action is taken in the next few years. Warming beyond 1.5 is seen as the ‘point of no return’, and will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Yet this isn’t only an imagined future. The current impacts are devastating and can no longer be ignored. People are losing food, water, homes and family. The poorest and most vulnerable people are on the frontline of this climate crisis and are facing its worst effects. At Christian Aid we know that we cannot end poverty without addressing the climate crisis and the injustice and inequality at its roots; we need committed action from governments and individuals alike.
The good news is that more and more people are waking up to the enormity of the problem and the solutions needed. Across the world, social movements are pressing their governments to do away with socio-economic models that fuel climate change, risks, and inequality. Young people in Scotland and around the world have been inspirational in pushing demands for climate justice towards the top of the political agenda.
We have a huge opportunity over the coming year to build on this momentum as we look forward to hosting COP26 in Glasgow in November. The dynamics of a city built on the back of the slave trade, along with its history as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, make for an interesting backdrop. Added to this is a rich history of powerful people’s movements, workers’ struggles and grassroots organising. Faith communities and the church have a huge role to both in terms of hosting people from around the world who will be travelling to Scotland, and in ensuring that the demands for climate justice are heard loud and clear.
This moment offers an invaluable opportunity to make real moves towards climate justice. If we act now, we can build a better world, where everyone can flourish.
Join us on this momentous journey over the coming year and beyond.
Help us ensure the UK government, as the host of COP26, is a real champion for climate justice by taking rapid action at home and globally – sign our New Deal for Climate Justice petition