Climate justice at COP26
The United Nations climate talks (also known as the Conference of Parties or COP) that were scheduled to have taken place in Glasgow in 2020 will now take place 1-12 November 2021.
But in the meantime the climate emergency isn’t going away. As part of the COP26 coalition, we’re continuing with our plans to mobilise and to help ensure that the voices of those most affected by the climate emergency are heard at the summit.
Why we need to mobilise for COP26
In an economy which puts corporate profit above the interests of ordinary people, just 100 giant global companies are responsible for 71% of all carbon emissions. Since 1965, a mere 20 fossil fuel corporations contribute more than 1/3 of global emissions. Not only have they failed to make the shift towards a zero carbon economy, they’ve spent a lot of time and money persuading governments not to legislate for this either. They are also preventing governments from implementing laws and policies that will protect the environment by suing them in corporate courts to protect their profits.
Governments themselves are also undermining action on climate change by negotiating free trade and investment deals that threaten environmental regulations and give fossil fuel companies more power than ever. Many are also given large amounts of public money to fossil fuel projects across the global south. It’s vital that we expose this, and demand a just approach to decarbonisation – at the COP and beyond.