This summit is our last, best hope to do the things that are necessary to give humans a fighting chance against global warming and climate change.
COP26 is about to happen. The big question is, “Will anything substantive happen?”
Based on the actions (mostly inactions) of the majority of governments around the world so far, the chances are not good.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference runs from 31 October through 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland. “COP26” stands for conference of the parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is the 26th such summit.
According to the United Nations:
“The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
That’s a nice way of saying:
“Nothing much has been done so far and the human race’s potential for survival is in jeopardy, so we better get off our collective asses and do something substantive”
The latest research and polls suggest a significant majority of people around the world are concerned about climate change and its impacts on our planet’s habitability, but so-called leaders have not been doing much about it. In fact, global emissions continue to increase year over year. That’s not because you and I drive our vehicles to the grocery store; it’s because governments and the world’s largest corporations have the collective heads stuck in the proverbial sand. We’re accelerating toward climate tipping points ever faster, and likely have already blown by many.
COP26 is quite possibly our last, best hope to make a difference, to curb emissions in the hope of slowing climate change decades from now and ensuring the viability of all species on the planet.
It’s not too late yet. It soon will be. Nations participating in COP26 must act. The time is now.
End financing for fossil fuels through whatever means are necessary.
End fossil fuel subsidies.
Incorporate externalities, such as impacts to biodiversity, the climate, environment and human health in cost-benefit analyses for any new construction project.
Attach a financial penalty, based on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted, to corporate taxes.
Close tax loopholes for big corporations of all kinds.
Force the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. Invest the additional income into climate-change remediation and resiliency measures.
Incentivize innovation in sustainability and conservation.
Incentivize renewable energy development.
Past performance aside, have hope. Make noise. Let governments and their COP26 delegates know we’re not going to put up with inaction, deceptive accounting, middle-of-the-roadism or kick-the-can-down-the-roadism anymore.
Finally, demand better for the climate, ourselves and our global neighbors. Remember, #AllForOneEarthOneEarthForAll