What is COP26, and why is it so important?
In this episode, we’re breaking down the history of the UNFCCC, previous climate conferences, and what to expect from this year’s conference in Glasgow later this fall. And more specifically, what we need to demand from our leaders, because there’s no time to mess around.
Other topics include a wee back-to-school climate emergency, vampires, and what we’ve been watching.
Story #1: A Brief History of the UNFCCC and International Climate Conferences (Elise)
Where Elise answers questions like: how long have we been having climate conferences? Where have they been successful, and where have they failed? Is COP26 our aim for 2026, or 26 years since COP1, or the 26th conference?
Paris Climate Agreement: Everything You Need to Know, NRDC, Feb 2021
Key aspects of the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC
The Paris Agreement, UNFCCC
Conference of the Parties (COP), UNFCCC
Bureau of the COP, CMP, and CMA, UNFCCC
Kyoto Protocol Fast Facts, CNN, March 2021
Has the Kyoto protocol made any difference to carbon emissions?, The Guardian, Nov 2012
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Wikipedia
Story #2: What to Expect at COP26 (Olivia)
UK COP26 website and explainer document
Climate Change: What is COP26, and why is it happening in Glasgow in 2021?, BBC, Nov 18 2020
Alok Sharma: Why COP26 is our best chance for a greener future | TED, TED, July 26 2021
COP26: What is the UN climate conference in Glasgow and why is it so important?, BBC, August 9 2021
G7 Summit 2021 – Four Things That Came Out of The G7 Meeting, World Economic Forum
COP26: A no-nonsense guide on what we can expect, Country Living, August 22 2021
Climate change: ‘No more excuses’ at COP26 climate summit – poor nations, BBC
Don’t Expect Real Climate Solutions From COP26. It Functions for Corporations., Op-Ed for Truthout, August 29 2021
We’ll be keeping an eye out for COP26-related events — both cool events like the body heat club night and serious climate policy (or wavering commitments) from international leaders. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.
In the meantime, keep up with the campaigns and organizations we mentioned in the episode: Stop Cambo, #DeadlineGlasgow, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Youth COP in Italy, Stop the Money Pipeline, and COP26 Coalition for climate justice.
We mentioned What We Do In The Shadows, Dead To Me, and Clickbait. Also, pay attention to flash flood emergencies and in any case, have an emergency plan!
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