Twenty-six reasons why COP26 matters in bid to save planet from climate catastrophe

The planet is in dire straits and the COP26 summit could be the catalyst causing some drastic changes.

But we are currently not on the right track to avoid a climate catastrophe.

As the most powerful people in the world come to Glasgow along with 25,000 delegates, activists and journalists, we take a look at the reasons why the UN summit has to be successful and what if not based on it.

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1) Limousine last chance

The summit has been hailed as the world’s “best last chance” to get a grip on climate change and is also the deadline for governments to come up with plans to reduce their emissions in order to stay below the crucial 1.5C warning .

“The latest scientific report from the United Nations warned of a very bleak future if we don’t do big things very soon, and Glasgow is where these big things have to be started,” says Greenpeace.

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2) The pressure is on

COP26 is the successor to COP21, at which the Paris Agreement was signed – probably the greatest success of the climate conferences in recent years.

This year’s summit will set out solid plans to achieve the Paris Agreement, as well as addressing what has and has not been achieved since 2015.

3) All eyes on Great Britain

This year’s summit is a great opportunity to demonstrate the UK’s role in tackling the climate crisis on a global scale, but on the other hand our government’s climate policy is also under scrutiny.

Bushfires have ravaged Australia in recent years, pictured is Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia in January 2020
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4) So that our children’s children have a future

Greta Thunberg brought this message home when she started her school strike protests. UNICEF says a child’s life will not be untouched by the climate crisis.

5) To keep the pressure on our world leaders and to keep them committed

The summit is a huge opportunity to pressure world leaders to meet their climate commitments – and ask more of them when they haven’t.

Greta Thunberg is also in town to take part in the summit
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6) We need to give nature a chance to recover

Craig Bennett, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, said, “Net Zero needs the outdoors. Nature needs net zero. Both have to withstand the climate of the future.

“Nature’s fantastic ability to safely capture carbon and provide other important benefits has been proven – bogs, forests, salt marshes and other wild habitats are vital carbon stores. But these natural places are in decline and are even more threatened by the extreme climatic conditions that will be inevitable for the next 30 years. “

7) To finally get away from fossil fuels and hold these companies accountable

The fossil fuel industry has a lot to answer for, and for COP26 to be a success, leaders must agree to drop it. Just days before the summit, a report from Friends of the Earth found that fossil fuel companies plan to obtain permits to destroy new coal, oil and gas production projects in the UK by 2025.

The fossil fuel industry has a lot to answer for, and for COP26 to be a success, leaders must agree to drop it
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8) Countries need to set stronger goals

Net zero by 2050 is no longer enough. For the COP to be successful, countries must commit to stricter targets for 2030. Without it, there is no chance that the world will keep global temperatures rising to 2 ° C.

9) Animals like turtles and polar bears could become extinct if global warming continues as before.

If these species all die, ecosystems will be out of whack and some of our own food sources could disappear.

World leaders are gathering in Rome this week for the G20 ahead of the climate change summit in Glasgow
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10) To prevent more people from dying in extreme weather events such as hurricanes, heat waves and tropical storms.

Between 2000 and 2019, over 475,000 people died in extreme weather conditions, and it is predicted that if countries fail to curb their emissions, things will get much worse.

11) Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate due to man-made global warming.

People who live in the low-lying regions of countries like Bangladesh, China, India, and Thailand may lose their homes in the next 30 years if they fall underwater.

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12) 24 million people become climate refugees every year

Floods, fires, droughts and heat waves have forced people to leave their homes and created huge numbers of climate refugees that are expected to grow significantly over the next 30 years.

13) Climate change makes conflict worse

Countries like Afghanistan and Yemen are less able to cope with climate change because their economies and infrastructure have been weakened by years of fighting. Climate change has also been shown to exacerbate existing conflicts as competition for resources increases.

14) Australia’s 2020 Bushfires have been declared among the worst natural disasters in modern history

We caught a glimpse of apocalyptic bushfires that devastated Australia last year. This is just the beginning if our leaders don’t make big changes.

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15) Canadian heat dome

The Pacific Northwest of America and Canada’s British Columbia saw an unprecedented heat dome earlier this year, killing more than 800 people.

16) Climate hunger

According to the United Nations, Madagascar is on the verge of the world’s first “climate catastrophe”. “That is unprecedented. These people have not contributed anything to climate change. They don’t burn fossil fuels … and yet they bear the brunt of climate change, ”says Shelley Thakral of the UN.

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17) Deforestation means that the Amazon rainforest emits more greenhouse gases than it absorbs

Rainforests are critical to absorbing man-made greenhouse gases and limiting climate change, so activists are calling on world leaders to eradicate deforestation at COP26.

18) It’s getting harder and harder to find clean drinking water

Disasters like hurricanes and tropical storms, which are becoming more common due to climate change, can contaminate clean water sources, while rising sea levels make fresh water salty.

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19) The poorer countries have been promised US $ 100 billion in climate finance to help them fight climate change

So far it has been unclear how the pledge will be fulfilled, but UK COP President Alok Sharma has stressed that this money will be a priority at the November conference.

20) Fatal floods in Germany were caused by record rainfall

Global warming increased the intensity of rainfall in the region earlier this year, causing rivers to overflow and killing nearly 200 people.

21) The seven hottest years on record have all happened since 2014

2020 was the hottest year ever recorded, just barely beating 2016. NASA scientists said this was an “ongoing and dramatic warming trend.”

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22) In the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, there were a record 30 storms in 6 months

Scientists had exhausted the list of storm names by September and had to move to the Greek alphabet as hurricanes became more frequent and intense.

23) The countries of the Middle East are getting too hot to live in

In the summer of 2021, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq recorded temperatures above 50 ° C as scientists warn that the Middle East is warming twice as much as the global average.

24) Melting permafrost is a ticking time bomb

The COP26 must shed some light on the thawing permafrost in Siberia, which climate scientists have warned in recent years that it is a slowly detonating “methane time bomb”.

25) Women will suffer more if nothing changes

Climate change is forcing girls to drop out of school and get married before they get old. Women are more likely to suffer when climate change takes away a family’s income.

26) To protect the indigenous people and their lands

Indigenous peoples own 5% of the world’s land, but protect 85% of the world’s biodiversity. World leaders need to recognize this and act accordingly, says the Environmental Justice Foundation.

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