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COP26: What You Need to Know

Are you passionate about climate change? Then this weekend is important. The UN Climate Change Conference aka COP26 begins October 31st. This is the world’s largest summit on climate change bringing together leaders from around the world to discuss lowering their emissions. Here’s what you should know about COP26.

What is COP26?

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. This year it’s being hosted in the city of Glasgow in Scotland between October 31 through November 12. Over 190 world leaders will be in attendance to discuss their plans on how to reach net zero gas emissions by 2050, and how to limit global warming to well below 2 Celsius (ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius).

What does COP26 stand for?

COP stands for “conference of the parties” under the UNFCCC which stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Who attends the Conference?

Over 190 world leaders participate in the negotiations along with government representatives, businesses, and citizens. Along with them, local authorities, farmers, and even faith-based groups are in attendance to observe the talks and negotiations and maintain an overall level of transparency.

Why is this year so important?

Scientists are warning that the next decade is critical to make massive changes. The COVID 19  pandemic caused a delay since the conference was postponed because of it,  and many think this is our last chance to avoid a climate disaster.

What else happens at COP26?

Besides negotiations and talks, many businesses, scientists, and other organizations will use the city for venues for other climate change-related meetings, conferences, and events. Also, there will be protests and demonstrations taking place not just in Glasgow, but elsewhere in the UK.

Why are people protesting COP26?

Again this conference is critical because massive changes need to be made to avoid a climate catastrophe. We all need to unite and do our part. Unfortunately, it seems world leaders aren’t taking this as seriously as they should. For example, China, the world’s largest producer of CO2 emissions is not attending the conference. Many are protesting already, including Greta Thunberg, because world leaders are not keeping their promises to reduce their emissions.


You can find more information for COP26 here.

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Janette Daneshmand