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COP26 Wrap Up

Now COP26 seems to be a (slightly) distant memory, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on it and what were our key takeaways and top moments from attending. First though, here’s a few parting comments from various attendees we met during the final hours of the conference:

Jake Causley

Key takeaways

  • Nothing short of transformational is enough, in terms of action. COP26 hammered home the new narrative that ‘racing’ to decarbonisation is so important!
  • The key to solving this global challenge is working together as communities, big and small. The world leaders don’t matter – we can create a better world through individual and collective action!

Top moments:

  • Seeing bountiful solutions and technological innovations that are available and can help catalyse action for sustainability.
  • Joining the Fridays for Future & Global Climate Justice marches – so many people are caring and acting on the crises, and it’s only a matter of time before people’s power surpasses World Leaders’
  • Sharing the much-undercooked positive and uplifting content from within the conference, with an amazing bunch of environmentalists!

Simon West

Key takeaways

  • Governments aren’t going to solve climate chaos, people are through individual actions
  • Whilst we are “all in this together”, climate justice is essential to stop poorer communities  suffering disproportionately.
  • We have a lot of very clever technical ideas to mitigate climate chaos, but the biggest thing we can all do in the “developed world” is to massively reduce rampant consumerism and implement simple solutions such as renewable energy and planting lots of trees.

Top moments

  • Realising that there were hundreds of thousands of people in Glasgow, and millions more not there, who are all working towards the same goals.
  • Being with our amazing, enthusiastic group of volunteers and sharing the experience of COP26.
  • Seeing the red ribbon protest of the delegates who walked out of COP26 to join the demonstration outside. If I had been in the Blue Zone that morning, I would definitely have been amongst them.

Jo Smith

Key takeaways

  • Social Justice and Climate Justice are inextricably linked
  • Change is happening across all sectors Government, corporate and individuals – there just does not seem to be the urgency needed.
  • This is a worldwide issue that needs humility, compassion to bring about the change needed.

Top moments

  • Being able to hear from some of the people involved in the transformations that are taking place to combat climate change and deforestation.
  • Hearing from the front line – a coffee farmer in Uganda – reinforcing the power we have in our purchases.

Lucy Meredith

Key takeaways

  • Individual and collective action are important. The thousands inside COP26 and the millions of people marching/striking globally, are showing that change is needed and people are creating this movement. 
  • Realisation that some good legislation and pledges came out of COP26 – but not enough. Governments are seen to be the only people to make that change but they are just one cog in the wheel – lots of corporations and nonprofits are showing the way. 
  • COP26 enabled more conversations with people (in the UK and globally) – dropping the pebble in the ocean and the ripples are still going. 

Top moments

  • Being a COP26 delegate with the ability to attend Blue and Green zones over the two weeks with an incredible team and meeting wonderful people across the world whilst doing so.
  • Attending sessions where women and young people from the global south were sharing the impacts of climate change and what their communities have been doing and continue to do – inspiring and empowering
  • Whilst at COP26 and upon reflection after, almost an epiphany, realising how much I care and how much this means to me in my own way. It enabled me to learn, network, grow and believe.

The Team

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