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COP26: “Last chance to save the planet”

Luke Severn, Axelle Rescourio, Ekjot Oberoi, Alaa Abood

Representatives from around 200 countries have arrived in Glasgow on 31 October to attend the COP26 Climate Summit. Over the next two weeks, negotiations and talks will take place between governments officials to try to find solutions for the climate issue across the world.

COP26 Poster. Credit: GOV.UK

World leaders including Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and UN General Secretary General Antonio Guterres all gathered for the conference. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are not attending in person. Instead they will be providing a message today.

What is COP26?

World leaders are being urged to act. The world is getting warmer due to fossil fuel emissions as a result of human activities.  These activities have been claimed to be higher in wealthier countries. Resulting in heat waves, floods and forest fires occurring because of decisions made by some leaders.

Personal Touch

Whilst it is easy to claim that the world leaders and the richer counties are to blame, it is also important to look towards what the world citizens are doing to support the battle against climate change.

The streets of London are often filled with environmental protests. Clothing companies that sell animal products are often subject to loud protests outside flagship stores.

Many people have made the decision to eat vegan and cut animal products from their diet to lower the affects of climate change. The killing of animals for food and clothing is something that has been a big topic in the conversation of climate change. These are the same people who call for the world to work together to save the planet.

Credit: COP26 Explained

What can you do?

Sat in Cavendish Square Gardens was 26 year old accountant Sara who spoke on her issues with the lack of support from the government. Also in the park was retired engineer, Martin. He claimed that he planned to support the fight against climate change by installing solar panels in his house.

Company support

Max, 23, construction worker, discussed how the firm he worked for made efforts to protect the environment and reduce waste. He said that:

“Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. It really depends on what were producing. We’re not really one for waste in our company, so we don’t really have any.”

Max assured that his company uses more recycled materials and environmentally friendly materials in their projects and constructions. It is “the company’s initiative to become eco-friendly,” he added.

A global perspective

One man from West Africa spoke on the treatment of the situation from a global perspective. He claimed that “in West Africa, they don’t care about climate change”.

“It drives me mad because they (West Africans) suffer badly.”

He went onto to say that a lot of Europe’s old cars find there way into West African countries “so all the ones that were phased out for releasing bad emissions end up there.”

When asked what he done personally to prevent climate change he spoke on the poor infrastructure available where he lives. When staying in the UK, he lived in the Cotswolds. Areas like this are rural and are unable to support the sort of changes climate change needs, such as a new, more environmentally friendly boiler. He ended the conversation by stating his disappointment in countries like China and Russia for not attending the event when “they are some of the biggest culprits.”

The next two weeks will play a part in the future of the climates future and the rest of our life on earth.