TOGETHER FOR OUR PLANET – THE UK’S YEAR OF CLIMATE ACTION
This is going to be one of the most important international conferences ever on the future of the planet in Glasgow from 1-12 November. Lots of groups are already planning action so this page is work in progress.
COP26 is an international summit under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, will be the host.
The aim is to keep global temperatures rises below 1.5ﹾ and to build on the 2015 Paris Agreement with more ambitious commitments and measures to reduce carbon emissions and stop futher climate change – so that all our children and future generations can enjoy a future in a sustainable world.
This is a big moment – we can still keep climate change in check – just – IF we act now. If we wait any longer it may be too late.
Why we should demand action
2020 was the joint hottest year on record and the end of the hottest decade. Scientists are convinced that the floods, hurricanes and wildfires we have been witnessing are the result of global heating – certainly they are causing great devastation and destroying people’s lives.
If we allow temperatures to rise further, huge areas of the world will become uninhabitable and much of our coastline will make way for the rising seas. The prospect is terrifying.
The reason for the heating is the build-up of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane caused by burning fossil fuels or by rearing huge numbers of animals. We need to tackle this with ambitious plans to switch to green energy and to restore nature which can take carbon out of the atmosphere. And the government needs to do this as fast as possible. Britain is hosting the talks. It needs to be a world leader.
All sorts of groups around the country are gearing up to let people know about COP26. From street protests to a continuous prayer from now until November, from letter writing to MPs to a climate festival in the summer, groups are ready to take action.
Most people agree that this is a serious crisis and that the government is not doing enough to tackle this crisis. A recent survey by the Climate Coalition showed that Two-thirds of adults believe Government should do more to combat climate change and 60% agree that the UK should be a global leader on climate as it prepares to host these crunch talks.
Why we need to act
- To influence politicians at and beyond COP26
- To reach out to other groups
- To normalise talk about the climate
- To amplify voices from the Global South
- To call for a just transition
- To get specific policies like cutting fossil fuel use and climate finance
- To demand justice
- 24 th July Young Christians’ Relay reaches Winchester. See below
- 14 – 30 Sep – UN General Assembly (New York, USA)
- 18 – 26 September Great Big Green Week
- 26 Sep – 4 October Winchester Green Week
- 30 Sep – 2 Oct – Pre COP Summit (Milan, Italy)
- 30 – 31 Sep – G20 Leaders Summit (Rome, Italy)
- 1/2 October people on a march from Spain to Glasgow will be arriving in Portsmouth. Then 2/3 October they are staying in Southampton and 3/4 October to Winchester We need people to offer support and accommodation.
- 5/6 Nov National Day of Action
- 1 – 12 Nov – COP26 Summit in Glasgow
- 7-10 Nov The People’s Summit
Relay to COP26
The UK churches’ Relay to COP26, organised by the Young Christian Climate Network ( YCCN ) will pass through Winchester on July 24th/25th. YCCN want to see systematic change on a global and a local scale (more at https://www.yccn.uk/ ) They would welcome prople to walk with them
The success of COP26 will depend on the agenda set for it, and how it is managed. So we must start now before that’s been set in stone.
The Glasgow Action Plan calls for the UK to show true leadership in 2021.
The Glasgow Action Plan highlights the five areas Prime Minister Boris Johnson must prioritise to get us on track to a cleaner, greener future. Before we host the world at COP 26 next November, the UK must get its house in order, and go further and faster to reach net zero as soon as possible:
- Close the gap to 1.5°c:
- Address loss and damage
- Increase climate finance for adaptation
- Scale up high quality nature-based solutions
- Support a just energy transition
- Unlock the green recovery to get on track to net zero
The Crack the Crises campaign is a call to action for our communities to work together to tackle covid-19, injustice, and climate change. It aims to harness the power of the collective kindness and solidarity we’ve witnessed throughout the past year of challenge. . Learn more about this campaign by watching this introductory film.
The TUC is updating its campaign for 1 million climate jobs to link it to COP26.
Relay to COP26 #RiseToTheMoment” is a 1000 mile relay walk of 18- to 35-year-olds from Cardiff Bay to Glasgow.
Extinction Rebellion will rebel on 23 August to refocus attention on the Emergency in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow.
The Climate Coalition is encouraging groups across the country to organise events in Great Big Green Week 18 – 26 September 2021. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.
Climate Outreach has done lots of research into public attitudes to climate and how best to get the message over. They also find that most people are concerned but turning this into action needs different approaches. They argue strongly that individual action does have a knock-on effect and helps to create teh climate in which the governemtn will take the steps which are needed. There are useful resources including visual images on their website. Find out more here.
The Climate Coalition members have put together a joint statement and a Glasgow Action Plan. See their COP26 page
Their global demands are
- Climate. Take unprecedented action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees
- Nature Rapidly escalate the protection and restoration of nature globally
- People Hold governments to their climate finance commitements and scale up this finance globally to support communities most affected by inequality and climate change.
Message to the PM
Don’t let us down, be a climate hero
Lead on the world stage and lead by example
Then they are working on a huge climate festival 18-26 September The Great Big Green Week and hope that there will be thousands of events around the country as well as big national ones.
The idea is for local communities to organise events like fairs, concerts, competitions, walks and cycle ridea, open days. So try and persiade lots of local groups to get things organised.
There are loads of ideas in the organiser guide which you can download from the Great Big Green Week website
Most well-known organisations like Oxfam, Christian Aid, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are part of this coalition so keep in touch with those you support.
The COP26 Coalition is another huge, global coalition aiming to get real action in Glasgow. Find out more here
They willl be organising lots of events in the lead up to November, including a day of action on 5/6 November and a People’s Summit on 7-10 November
Crack the crises. A large group of organisations (including the Climate Coalition) have come together to argue that with the world facing challenges such as Covid, injustice, climate change and nature crisis, UK decision-makers have an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership at home and abroad. So there is a new coalition to bring people together to tackle these crises by taking individual actions, by supporting others and by asking decision-makers to act. You can see a video here
Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund have organised a prayer without ceasing for the climate crisis in the lead up to COP 26. See more here
The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit issues regular bulletins and is nowproducing a regular Road to Glasgow newsletter. Sign up here
The Fairtrade Foundation have just produced a new report with Green Alliance which challenges the government to take account of emissions produced outside the UK and will be campaigning on this in the lead up to COP26
A pack of resources for schools is being developed by the Fairtrade Foundation, WWF, the Climate Coalition, Oxfam, Global Action Plan, Christian Aid, Soil Association, Ashden, Young Climate Warriors, ZSL, Let’s Go Zero and InterClimate Network. The full pack will be available by 1st September 2021, but there are already materials available to download
One World Week is encouraging groups around the country to take action in the lead up to COP26 and there are useful resources on the website with a focus on children and their future.
And there is also a useful guide to materials for schools for teaching aboout climate in the lead up to COP26
You can download their guide to resources for faith groups here
5th September is going to be Climate Sunday Hopefully, climate related services around the country
Try this song. Do it Now
They have a COP26 Action plan
Climate Live – Getting the message across through music. They are organising simultaneous global climate concerts, led by Fridays for Future youth climate groups, artists, activists & scientists across
40+ countries April 24 & October 16 2021
Together for Our Planet– the Government body which has some interesting articles plus a Race to Zero challenge
Oxford FOE are working on COP26 and their website is a good example of what could be done.
Mock COP Young people from around the world held a Mock COP in November and came up with an impressive declaration
Crack the crises. A large group of organisations working on Covid, injustice, climate change and nature crisis.
ECIU produce excellent bulletins of climate news and this is their explanation of COP
Here’s TCC’s 10 point plan, with a score card on how the government is doing