People's Summit for Climate Justice
November 7-10: Information and program
While world leaders meet to discuss our future at COP26, we'll be building power for system change together. Bringing together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategize for system change. Join in online from anywhere in the world, or in-person in Glasgow.
The world is gearing up for COP26, the UN climate conference taking place October 31 - November 12 in Glasgow, UK. This is an extremely important time for climate action! While the CO2 level in the atmosphere continues to climb, emissions have yet to fall. We need to push our newly elected government to act to cut carbon emissions and to plan a just transition to a low carbon future. We also need to see bold climate leadership at COP 26.A state-of-the-science report published by the UN in August showed that the world is warming faster than scientists previously thought, and that slashing greenhouse gas emissions by at least half this decade is crucial to staving off the more catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis. This past year of deadly wildfires and floods in many parts of the world has left little doubt that climate change is here now, and is touching all corners of the Earth. UN Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed to world leaders to act, warning that humanity was on track for a climate "catastrophe." (CNN report Sept.9, 2021)
Climate Action for Health
More than 400 organizations representing about three quarters of the global health workforce – have signed an open letter to the 197 delegates, warning that the climate crisis is the single biggest health threat facing humanity, and calling on world leaders to deliver on climate action.
On October 11th, a new COP26 Special Report from the World Health Organization (WHO) was released, in which the authors state that the climate crisis is the "single biggest health threat facing humanity", and calls for governments and policymakers to "act with urgency" on the climate and health crises. The recommendations in the new WHO special report include building climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable health systems, promoting sustainable food production, and sustainable and equitable urban design and transportation systems. The report delivers ten high-level recommendations, backed up by action points, resources and case studies.
Fast for the Climate
As COP26 in Glasgow approaches, Fast for the Climate is sending out a call for people around the world to join a global Fast For the Climate on November 1st. We are fasting for a just and true success of the COP negotiations. We can demonstrate that we are able to choose what we eat, how we use precious resources, and how we use valuable time - for the health of the planet and us all. Please join us in fasting in whatever manner you choose. Consider a fossil fuel free day! And invite your friends to join in
Currently military emissions are exempt from carbon emissions reporting. We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to "offset" emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located. This petition call for military pollution to be included in Climate Agreements This is an area of emissions that should not be excluded - and is one that could be massively reduced.
Multi Faith Declaration for COP 26
The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration is now available to sign.
For an excellent overview of COP26 view this presentation by Caroline Taylor of Ryerson Life Institute.
Here are a few COP26 related articles that may be of interest.
What is Cop26 and why does it matter? The complete guide (the Guardian)
NDCs, climate finance and 1.5C: your Cop26 jargon buster (the Guardian)
COP26: It's (almost) here (United Nations Climate Action)
The climate crisis in action’: WHO urges world leaders to avoid health disaster (Canada's National Observer)