For the last two weeks, World Leaders gathered at the Cop26 Summit in Glasgow; once again the aftermath of the conference leaves us with renewed promises from some of the most powerful to address the climate crisis. Here’s a roundup from this year’s conference:
- Time for action is running out. The major agreement struck by diplomats established a clear consensus that all nations need to do much more, immediately, to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperatures.
- How much each nation needs to cut remains unresolved. Wealthy countries are disproportionately responsible for global warming, but some leaders have insisted that it’s the poorer nations who need to accelerate their shift away from fossil fuels.
- The call for disaster aid increased. One of the biggest fights at the summit revolved around whether — and how — the world’s wealthiest nations should compensate poorer nations for the damage caused by rising temperatures.
- A surprising emissions-cutting agreement. Among the other notable deals to come out of the summit was a U.S.-China agreement to do more to cut emissions this decade, and China committed for the first time to develop a plan to reduce methane.
- There was a clear gender and generation gap. Those with the power to make decisions about how much the world warms were mostly old and male. Those who were most fiercely protesting the pace of action were mostly young and female.
What can you do? Collective Action & Community
More than ever, it was clear at COP26 that there is a need for collective action. If you’re wondering how best to inspire your community to make a difference to the climate crisis, look no further than 2040.
Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon Gameau embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. 2040 is a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often presented.
You can host your own screening of the film at your workplace, or community group to spark a conversation. If you’re a school or university, you can purchase an educational license to bring your students together.
Friends of Together Films at COP26
Climate Activist, former Digital Power guest and co-founder of Earthrise Jack Harries attended Cop26 and spoke to leading youth changemakers and world leaders. In the latest episode of Seat At the Table he sits down with Barack Obama to discuss the role of government action in impactful and lasting change.
Revisit our Digital Power Webinar with Jack Harries and Alice Aedy on the importance of disrupting the narrative around climate change and how to utilize Instagram to build an engaged global audience
The powerhouse that is Mia Mottley.