COP26 is an international United Nations summit 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.

There are going to be huge rallies around the world and we plan to play our part in the Portsmouth area

Plans in Portsmouth include a rally on Nov 5th at 12 noon in Guildhall Square and a march for climate justice at 12 noon on November 6th from Guildhall Square. Find out more here

Join the Portsmouth COP26 Hub and help to plan the events, get the message out and make a difference.

Why does COP26 matter? We are living through a period of multiple breaking points – from climate to covid to racism. We know that these crises not only overlap, but share the same cause. While no one can escape the impacts of these crises, those who have done least to cause them suffer the most. Across the world, the poorest people and communities of colour are too often those bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. From coastal villages in Norfolk whose sea-defences are eroding faster than ever, to people living by the Niger Delta rivers blackened by oil spillage.

The Era of Injustice is Over: Our Time is Now

Justice won’t be handed to us by world leaders or delivered by corporations. So far, governments have done too little too late: colluding with corporations and hiding behind green washed ‘solutions’ that actually don’t exist yet, that don’t address the scale of the problem, and in many cases rely on more exploitation of people and the planet.The transformative solutions that we need to survive and build a more just and fair world can only be brought about through collective action, solidarity and coordination, from our local communities and international levels. We are bringing together movements from across the world to build power for system change – indigenous movements, frontline communities, trade unions, racial justice groups, youth strikers, landworkers, peasants, NGOs, grassroots community campaigns, feminist movements, faith groups.
Wherever you are in the world, now is the time to join the fight for climate justice. We need all hands on deck: in workplaces, communities, schools, hospitals and across national borders.

COP26: Why does it matter?

World leaders and experts will meet in Glasgow in November at the global climate talks, COP26. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis. They will decide who is to be sacrificed, who will escape and who will make a profit. COP26 is happening at a crucial moment in history. Across the world and across movements, we are seeing a new wave of resistance, global solidarity and grassroots organising. We have a unique opportunity to rewire our system as we recover from the pandemic. We can either intensify the crisis to the point of no return, or lay the foundations for a just world where everyone’s needs are met.

No More Cooking The Books: No To Fossil Fuels, Net-zero And False Solutions!

  • Fight For 1.5
  • We Need Real Zero, Not Net Zero
  • Keep It In The Ground: No New Fossil Fuel Investments Or Infrastructure
  • Reject False Solutions: No To Carbon Markets And Risky And Unproven Technologies

Rewire The System: Start The Justice Transition Now!

  • Start The Justice Transition

Global Climate Justice: Reparations And Redistribution To The Global South!

  • Fair share of effort from all rich countries
  • Cancel the debts of Global South by all creditors
  • Grant-based climate finance for the Global South
  • Reparations for the loss and damage already happening in the Global South

Find out more about our movement and message: us for the People’s Summit: 7-10th Sep:

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 marches and vigils in October/November, groups are ready to take action.

Key dates

The Climate Coalition members have put together a joint statement and a Glasgow Action Plan.  See their COP26 page. 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.Their  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:

  1. Close the gap to 1.5°c:
  2. Address loss and damage
  3. Increase climate finance for adaptation
  4. Scale up high quality nature-based solutions
  5. Support a just energy transition
  6. Unlock the green recovery to get on track to net zero

And their international 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

The TUC is updating its campaign for 1 million climate jobs to link it to COP26.

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 the climate in which the government will take the steps which are needed. There are useful resources including visual images on their website. Find out more 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. See the WWF site

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

The Government’s aims

A government video explaining COP26

Great infographic on COPs over time plus COP26

The Climate Coalition

The COP26 Coalition

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

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


🌍 March, Rally, Shout and Sing for Climate Justice! 

On 5 and 6 November 2021, as world leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 Global Climate Summit, towns and cities across the world will take to the streets demanding global climate justice. 

 In Portsmouth, we will be assembling at 12pm on both Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November, for the Climate Strike and Global Day of Action.

On Friday November 5th there’ll be a rally in Guildhall Square – Strike for the Climate

📣Gather at Portsmouth Guildhall Square, Friday 5 November, 12 noon.🥪 Strike in your lunch break, demand climate justice and real action from COP26. Bring your friends, banners and noisemakers 🎵🎶

Find out more and say you are joining

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Global day of Action for Climate Justice.

Assemble at Portsmouth Guildhall Square, Saturday 6 November, 12 noon.

 Join this Global Day of Action for Climate Justice in Portsmouth!

📍 March through the streets of Portsmouth, followed by rallying for climate justice and real action from COP26. Bring your friends, banners and noisemakers 🎵🎶
And spread the word – climate justice comes from the ground up

Please share this event on social media using the hashtags #cop26portsmouth and #cop26coalition 📢

Find out more and get involved. Join the local Facebook Group

There are lots of things you can do including signing declarations, writing to MPs as well as joining our strike and climate march.

This is the image from one side of our flyer. If you can take posters (like the top picture) or flyers, please message Mark on 07816 835621 with details of how many of each you would like and where you can distribute them.

🗺️ If you can’t make it to Portsmouth there are events happening as part of the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice around the country and the world.Go to the map for details:

Find out more about COP26 and what else you can do

Pens of the Earth – ‘Small Differences Add Up’

Tickets (free) for the event on the 22nd September can be found here.

Submissions are currently open on the theme of ‘Small Differences Add Up.’

You can explore this theme in any way you want, as long as it has a positive environmental element.

Check out our Inspiration page for examples of what’s going on in Portsmouth and elsewhere in Hampshire. Our creatives will also be sharing writing prompts and tips, so keep watching!

Pens of the Earth has always been about celebrating the things which people can do to make a difference: positive tales of environmental grass roots change. This year’s theme was inspired by Andy Ames of Wilder Portsmouth, who said ‘everyone can make a small difference’ and that it all adds up. Andy is aiming to engage 1 in 4 people in Portsmouth in some way: ‘at that point things tip over and behaviour changes.’

We’ll be bringing you examples of what’s going on in Portsmouth and elsewhere in Hampshire to inspire you, and our creatives will be sharing writing prompts and tips, so keep watching!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Submission Guidelines

  • Fictionpoetry or narrative non-fiction.
  • Length: 1,500 words maximum for stories; 40 lines maximum for poetry.
  • Deadline30th September 2021.
  • Where: Email your work directly to Richard at
  • Format: Please send your work in one of the following formats: Word .doc, Word .docx, LibreOffice/Openoffice .odt, Rich Text Format .rtf, plain text.
  • By submitting your work, you agree that it may appear on this website. Of course, you retain full copyright for anything you send.
  • Your work may be edited before publication.
  • As the project is dedicated to positive environmental messages, we won’t be accepting dystopias or stark warnings. Please consider this when submitting.
  • While we draw on environmental initiatives in Portsmouth and surrounding areas for inspiration, submissions do not have to be set in or about Portsmouth.

This year we will also be fundraising in aid of Wilder Portsmouth. You can contribute to our fundraiser here.

Support Fairtrade

Does Fairtrade still matter?  Local activists believe it’s more important than ever.

Buying goods with the Fairtrade mark means that the producers get more than the current world market price plus a premium to spend in their own community on schools, wells or clinics –they decide.

But Fairtrade is about a lot more than price. Producers have to keep to high standards for health and safety and protecting the environment and it’s important that women are involved at all levels. Child labour is definitely out. A big problem now is our changing climate which can be disastrous for farmers, especially if they are only growing one product. Fairtrade organisations are helping farmers to experiment with more resistant crops and to diversify into new areas.

Did you also know that Fairtrade has an important role to play in the fight against global heating. Find out more here

We want to remind people we need to support some of the poorest producers in the world. Many of these farmers and plantation workers have been hit really hard by COVID and also by the changing climate which can make crops hard to grow and often to develop diseases. The climate emergency has also caused devastating hurricanes and floods in some areas. droughts and heatwaves in others and harvests are shrinking.

Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. They tell us that climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now and that low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.

Fairtrade organisations are working hard to help by helping farmers to diversity and to find disease resistant varieties. But it’s a huge problem and money is short.

So the message is to keep supporting Fairtrade. Make sure the goods you buy have the Fairtrade Mark and please keep sharing the message that this matters.

The key messages will develop around how better incomes and the choice to use the Fairtrade Premium as farmers see fit in their communities provide flexibility to respond to growing challenges including unexpected pressures from climate change.

Fairtrade has been a huge success. You can now find the Mark on over 6,000 products in the UK, ranging from ice-cream to gold rings, flowers to footballs. And at least 1.7 million farmers and workers have better lives as a result of fairer prices plus the extra money which goes into their communities to build schools, wells or clinics – whatever they decide.  But more people using Fairtrade products would really help. At the moment only 10% of the cocoa we buy is sold at Fairtrade prices

Campaigners believe that consumers care much more now about buying ethical products than they did.  We know the UK public do not want poverty and exploitation to be part of the price of their chocolate bars. Shoppers are asking more questions about where their products come from, and how the people involved were treated and paid.

Don’t forget the power you have as consumers – just choose Fairtrade every time and let shops know the changes you’d like to see.


Buy the products! With thousands of products now available from single origin coffees to delicious chocolate and fashionable cotton T shirts, change your everyday products to Fairtrade today.

Ask for Fairtrade in cafes and restaurants. And if your local food store does not have the Fairtrade product you are looking for, speak to the manager and ask them to stock it.

Join a local group There are a number of  groups in South East Hants you can join:

Portsmouth Fairtrade Forum

Havant Fairtrade

Gosport Fairtrade Action

Fareham group

Persuade your workplace, place of worship, school or club to switch

If you work with young people there are loads of great resources and ideas for becoming a Fairtrade school on the Fairtrade website

Why not persuade your place of worship to get Fairtrade status. There’s more information here

Introduce your friends to Fairtrade products. Say thank you with a bunch of Fairtrade flowers, bring a bottle of Fairtrade wine to a dinner party or make them a cup of refreshing Fairtrade tea.

Find out more and spread the word. Visit for news, ideas, events and information.

Campaign for Trade Justice. We need trade rules to work in the interests of the poor. We are campaigning on a living income  and are asking our government and the chocolate industry (worth £4billion in the UK alone) to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers.

We’re also seriously worried about trade deals post Brexit. Some of these are being rushed through very rapidly and could make things very much worse e.g. by applying huge increases on duties.  

We’re also opposing the UK/US Trade deal which gives too much power to large corporations and could be a model for future trade deals with poorer countries

Find out more about all the campaigns on

What do local groups do?

There are active Fairtrade groups in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant and all welcome new members.

All the groups meet regularly (mainly online at the moment) and these are some of the things we do:

  • We  keep an eye on who’s selling Fairtrade products.
  • We talk about Fairtrade to lots of groups each year.
  • We set up stalls and displays at various events
  • We organise our own events, especially during Fairtrade Fortnight which is late Feb- March each year. You can see the programme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 here
  • We support local schools and churches which are working towards Fairtrade status
  • You could help with any of these activities – just get in touch.

More information from  the Fairtrade Foundation

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   22 FEBRUARY TO 7 MARCH 2021

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

We’ve always organised lots of events in SE Hants but in 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. We’re supporting the national events – see below – but we also have our own meeting on Monday 1st March, Climate, Fairtrade and You when Adam Gardner, Acting Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation will tell us how producers are being hit by climate change and how they are being helped by Fairtrade organisations. We’ve also  chosen some videos so that you can hear directly from the producers. Do join us.

Get all the details here and book your free ticket on Eventbrite


In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. They have told us that:

  • Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now.
  • Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
  • With more money through Fairtrade they feel more equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges posed by climate change.

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.

With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.


Join the Fairtrade Foundation Festival online festival with your friends and family.

And there are community events around the country as part of the Fairtrade Community Festival

Use our social media resources to spread the word online and add more voices to the fight. You can find all hte resources for Fairtrade Fortnight here

Take part in our competition – take a selfie of you with a Fairtrade products (ideally beside one of the big posters in Portsmouth if you live nearby) and share them with our Facebook group.

Zaytoun have arranged some events to meet producers in Palestine. Find out more here

These are some of the exciting events you can join nationally

Further details of these events can be found on

22 February 7:00 pm | Guardian Live

We’ve partnered with Guardian Live events to bring together Fairtrade farmers, environmental experts and climate writers to ask: how is the climate crisis affecting our global food supply and the people behind it?

23 February 6:00 pm | Zoom

This is a unique event designed to bring together Fairtrade campaigners and supporters from all around the UK. We’re inviting campaigners and supporters to come along, share a campaign or activity you’re proud of, a connection made, learn from others and go away inspired.

24 February 12:00 pm | Zoom


A Fairtrade Fortnight roundtable discussion exploring Fairtrade’s role in tackling the climate emergency. Come along to contribute or listen in.

24 February 6:00 pm | Zoom

Join acclaimed Brighton based photographer Sean Hawkey as he talks us through some of the images in his latest book Faces of Fairtrade. Sean visited Fairtrade farmers all around the world, hearing their stories and taking photos to capture their lives. This event is sponsored by York Fair Trade Forum.

24 February 7:30 pm | YouTube

Bridgerton actor and Fairtrade Foundation Patron Adjoa Andoh is joined by digital artists, musicians, writers and other wonderfully creative people to discuss how creativity can be used to power up climate campaigning.

25 Feb 12.00 Zoom


Join Haj Rafeeq Hussein, a Fairtrade olive farmer from the ancient village of Ti’innik, perched high on a terraced hill in Palestine’s West Bank. He will talk about how climate change brings uncertainty to the seasonal rainfall patterns which are crucial for a good crop and how Fairtrade offers a safety net.

2 March 11:30 am | Zoom

Join us for a climate special Fair Focus webinar this Fairtrade Fortnight! We’re talking about Boosting Supply Chain Climate Resilience

4 March 11 a.m

Bruce Crowther launches his new book

4 March 7:00 pm | Zoom

Host: Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

In November, two hurricanes of unprecedented strength struck Nicaragua, a consequence of the climate crisis. Small-scale producers such as those from SOPPEXCCA, suffered the consequences of climate extremes for which they are least responsible.
Join our webinar to find out about the impact of the hurricanes on the livelihoods of the producers, how trade justice through Fairtrade helped to mitigate the impact, and why trade and climate justice are inseparable.

6 March 11:00 am | YouTube


Get tips on growing climate-friendly plants at home and sustainable cooking, and hear about some of the challenges presented by climate change as we’re joined by the Permaculture Association’s Chris Warburton Brown, Fairtrade tea growers from India and eco-chef, Tom Hunt.


There are lots of interesting things children can do at home or in school. There are lots of suggestions for activities plus an invitation to young people to share their vision of the world they want. The theme for 2021 is all about the climate emergency, the effects it’s already having on the people who produce our food and how Fairtrade organisations can help.To find out more about the call to young people to share their vision of the future they’d like to see, see here 


There are lots of excellent reources on the Fairtrade Foundation website, written for different faiths. Why not include some prayers or a short video in a service ?

You could also have a look at this ecumenical service


Host your own online meeting or event. This could be anything from a discussion space, a quiz, a talk… even an online coffee morning, cook along or crafting session.

You can sign the Climate Coalition’s Climate Declaration and tell your local MP or Council about your commitment to putting the voices of producers at the heart of the climate crisis fight. New press release templates to use are coming soon.


Make sure you’re still putting Fairtrade products in your shopping basket.

You can buy Fairtrade goods in more or less all supermarkets plus specialist shops like Shop Equalityin Eastleigh and Wild Thyme in Southsea

The Help Palestine Coop (which is local) sells a range of goods from Palestine like olive oil, dates, maftoul, almonds and freekeh and  import hand crafted olive wood goods from Bethlehem and ceramics from Hebron. They will deliver in the local area and run stalls at lots of local events.

And tou can order lots of Fairtrade goods from Traidcraft. Most reps can’t run stalls at the moment but you can order from the Traidcraft shop

Share stories of how producers are doubly hit by COVID and the changing climate and why Fairtrade can make a difference.

The Fairtrade Foundation would welcome donations

Join a local group There are a number of  groups in South East Hants you can join:

Portsmouth Fairtrade Forum

Havant Fairtrade

Gosport Fairtrade Action

Fareham group


Fairtrade is about social, economic and environmental justice. These are built into our standards and drive everything we do. A root cause of the inability to adapt to and mitigate climate change is poverty. More money in the hands of farmers is needed if they are to adapt and survive the climate crisis. Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premiums.

In 2019, Fairtrade also launched an ambitious new living incomes campaign to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers. A living income would provide farmers with a decent standard of living – enough to cover all their cocoa farming costs and enough to cover their basic human rights, like a nutritious diet, children’s education and healthcare. Only when they have met these basic needs can they start to meet the challenges of our changing climate.

Find out more about why choosing Fairtrade means choosing to fight climate change on our Climate Justice campaign page.