• Lucy Bennett-Baggs

Dear world leaders. You've had your go, now it's up to us.

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The 3am diaries by CEO & Founder, Lucy Bennett-Baggs

We can no longer afford to procrastinate in our fight against climate change… We need your h̶e̶l̶p̶ action, to protect the things we love, to ensure a sustainable future, and we need it… now.

Extinction Rebellion arrive at COP26: UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

COP26? You’ve probably already been seeing a lot of noise online about countries revising their commitments to improve climate change, Glasgow appears frequently in the feed, as well as talks of another international summit this month. The subject matter for this is COP26; Conference of the Parties - The UN’s annual climate change conference. For 26 years, the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits (COPs). During this time, the topic of climate change has shifted from “myth”, to a global priority, forcing leaders to make concrete commitments to tackle the climate crisis.

This Sunday, world leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks. With 4 key topics to be tackled:

Coal: The ambition is to kick the coal habit entirely by 2030 in the developed world, and by 2040 in developing markets.
Cars: To commit to abandoning fossil fuel, internal combustion engine machines.
Cash: Richest nations who have been heavily responsible for the world's carbon footprint, must now deliver on promises to raise at least US$100 billion every year in climate finance to support developing countries.
Trees: By 2030, we want to be planting far more trees than we are losing across the world, in an effort to restore the balance that abundant trees on the planet provide.

A scary illustration of the future

Can we leave the scary stuff for Halloween please? COP26 is particularly critical, because we know that countries aren’t doing enough to tackle the climate crisis. Remember the floods in Germany this year, the volcanic eruption in La Palma, another deadly earthquake in Haiti, not to mention the severe weather conditions experienced throughout the US, seeing it reach a record-breaking number of billion dollar natural disasters this year? This is some scary stuff, and from what scientists are telling us, these disasters will continue to intensify unless we do something!

“The world currently remains on a track for global temperature rise of 2.7 degrees Celsius, far from the 1.5 degree goal, which is the only liveable future for humanity” Secretary-General António Guterres

Current commitments will not put us on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and it’s time for leaders to step up, sign up, and deliver on some hard-hitting commitments. If you’re not yet convinced we need to do more, how does this sound to you?

  • Babies born this year will face 6.8 x more heatwaves than someone born in 1960

  • Babies born this year will face 2 x more wildfires, and 2.6 x more droughts than someone born in 1960.

Arrivals at COP26: UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

Even the Queen is tired of the over-promise, under-deliver approach thus far. During the opening of the Welsh parliament earlier this month, she was overheard saying she is irritated by people who “talk” but “don’t do”. Anyone’s ears burning I wonder..?

Updates from global leaders

Just days ahead of the COP26 kick off, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morison has finally announced a net zero emissions by 2050 target. While this is certainly news of progress, what we really need is an accelerated action to drastically cut emissions this decade. The announcement, including a 2030 emissions forecast for Australia, puts the land of Oz, dead last among comparable nations on climate action. Beloved broadcaster, David Attenborough openly criticised Australia’s action plan, including the US in his comment, referencing both countries as to rich nations to have a moral responsibility to help the world’s poorest countries before it is too late.

“There are still people in North America, there are still people in Australia who say ‘no, no, no, no, of course, it’s very unfortunate that there was that forest fire that absolutely demolished, incinerated that village, but it’s a one-off.’

Meanwhile in Brazil, the country plans to bring forward its 2030 goal of ending illegal deforestation by two or three years, as it tries to recover credibility for its environmental policies and its stewardship of the Amazon rainforest. Ok, now this is sounding promising!

And now… we wait... As the global leaders come together to discuss and commit to substantial actions to improve the climate crisis, in the hope of safeguarding the beauty and balance of our earth, to be able to pass on to the next generation, we wait.

During this time, it is important to stay informed on the commitments being agreed on. To hold global leaders accountable to achieving the ambitious goals, and challenge them if they do not. We must be ambitious and we must be bold!

Greta Thunberg arrives at COP26: UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

As a wise Swedish teenager said;

"Hope is not passive. Hope is taking action."

Who’s with us?!

So whilst we look to global leaders to take action, we would like to invite you to join our community with the thousands of other changemakers already on the waitlist, to take action together in saving our planet.

Together we can be a Force for Good 💪

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