Channel 4 News: We’re here with the 400 or so young climate change activists from around the world, as they set out their recommendations for world leaders.
Ahead of the main Glasgow summit, in just a few weeks’ time, this climate change conference is hosted by the Italian government. Which is the UK’s partner in organising COP26. It won’t surprise you to learn that while the young people here are full of passion, they’re also incredibly frustrated at what they see as a lack of action.
We sat down with a group of young activists from India, Pakistan, Argentina, Sudan and Moldova, and started by asking them how climate change is already affecting their own countries.
In November, the UK, together with their partner Italy, will host an event many believe to be the world’s last best chance to get runaway climate change under control. For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. ‘In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
It’s necessary to look back to another COP. COP21 took place in Paris in 2015. For the first time ever, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and to make money available to deliver on these aims.
The Paris Agreement was born. The commitment to aim for 1.5 degrees is important because every fraction of a degree of warming results in the tragedy of many more lives lost and livelihoods damaged.