COP26 is over - how far have we come?

COP26 is over - how far have we come?

With the end of COP26 and the agreement of the Glasgow Climate Pact, voices around the world continue to speak their disappointment and fear about the decisions that were made, and the lack of urgency and drastic action taken by world leaders.

After high hopes for COP26 the results. whilst a step in the right direction, fall short of the radical and immediate response that many climate activists and organisations urged leaders to take. Rich countries failed in their duty to accept responsibility for the damage being done to global communities who are most impacted by the climate crisis, and have been unsuccessful in limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

CEO of The Alliance, Frances Guy said:

"The reality is that to meet the target of keeping global heating to 1.5 degrees, the world needs to half carbon emissions by 2030. To do that needs very bold actions now. Whilst there was some progress at COP26 and a sniff of changing direction on fossil fuels, the difficult steps to end investments in fossil fuel extraction, to increase support to poorer countries facing the most damage as a result of climate change, and the pressing need for a sign of change in political will did not happen. 

The Scottish government can show leadership through its own commitments by using the climate justice fund to support those most in need globally, and by joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance and commit to ending licensing for oil and gas exploration and production. They need to build on the public’s increased understanding of climate issues to go beyond the government’s own targets on reducing carbon emissions AND take into account the effects on populations round the globe."

There is much work to be done by the global development sector to continue pushing for the rights and voices of those most impacted around the world - at our upcoming Annual Conference 'The growing imperative: climate action, well-being and equity' we have gathered worldwide experts and leaders to discuss how the sector can move forward and continue holding richer countries to account. 

Book your space here to continue to conversation and keep momentum going following COP26.