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COP26: The power to act on climate change

COP26: The power to act on climate change

COP26 holds the power to act on climate change

In 1992 nearly all countries agreed they had the power to act on climate change. COP26 stands for the 26th Conference of Parties. They recognized then that Earth was drowning in planet-warming gas emissions from burning dirty fossil fuels. They set ground rules and expectations for global cooperation in combating climate change. 1992 was the first time ever that a majority of nations formally recognized the need to control greenhouse gas emissions. They agreed that GHGs were bad for the planet, because they are like a blanket on our atmosphere which causes global warming which is causing rapid climate change.

The United Kingdom in partnership with Italy is host to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. It starts on October 31 and ends November 12, 2021, after a one-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COP26 recognizes no single country can fix climate change on its own

Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will examine ways to use their power to take action on climate change. It’s a political process of complex negotiations, speeches, papers, and important networking. It may sound boring, but this is how international law and institutions work to solve problems that no single country can fix on its own.

Climate change is everywhere

97 percent of scientists agree it’s the most significant problem facing the planet today. Almost every place on the planet has watched or experienced record-breaking heat, drought, and wildfires, unpredictable cold snaps, extreme and prolonged drought, wind, exaggerated flooding, the spread of disease, and massive plant or animal die-offs.

Do scientists agree on climate change? – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet (

Most people agree climate change is happening and want governments to act

The highly-respected Pew Research Center has been tracking how people – ordinary citizens – believe about climate change for years now.

Climate Change Concerns Make Many Around the World Willing to Alter How They Live and Work | Pew Research Center

This IS a problem these 196 countries and their leaders must fix together. COP26 is an all-in-one shot in the arm steroid to give leaders the chutzpah to drive bold policy and action in their home countries as soon as possible. Yes, chutzpah is one word among a few politically incorrect others for what it’s going to take – extreme confidence – even audacity – to take action.

Scientists Move from Warning into Action

Scientists from all over the world are signing a groundbreaking document (the most endorsed scientific paper ever) that will drive a powerful, unified message and a framework for solutions at next week’s start of COP26. This consensus in the scientific community is supposed to catalyze action regarding the absolute urgency of acting on climate change. Read the paper or its 2-page summary.

    Humanity is in advanced ecological overshoot

    We have kicked the can down the road once again – but we are running out of road. We, in our capacities as scientists, economists, governance and policy specialists, are shifting from warnings to guidance for action before there is no more ‘road.’

    Rachel Kyte, Dean of Fletcher School at Tufts University

    Failure is not an option, but we’re flirting with disaster

    Society has failed to meet clearly stated goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Civilization faces an epochal crossroads, but with potentially much better, wiser outcomes if we act now. What are the concrete and transformative actions by which we can turn away from the abyss? The science is clear and irrefutable; humanity is in an advanced ecological overshoot. Our overexploitation of resources exceeds ecosystems’ capacity to provide them or absorb our waste.

    Forceful and immediate action on climate change

    This science-based document forcefully recommends priority actions and resource allocation to avert the worst of the climate and nature emergencies, two of the most pressing symptoms of overshoot, and lead society into a future of greater well-being and wisdom. Humanity has begun the social, economic, political and technological initiatives needed for this transformation. Now, massive upscaling and acceleration of these actions and collaborations are essential before irreversible tipping points are crossed in the coming decade. We still can overcome significant societal, political and economic barriers of our own making.

    #science#leaders#power#opportunity#film#help#solutions#climateemergency#planetaryovershoot#biodiversitycrisis#futureleadership#futurecivilizationScientists Warning Europe🌱 Will SaundersEDMUND GEMMELL

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