Everything you need to know about COP26
Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was formed in 1992, world leaders have met annually to forge a response to climate change. We are all bound by treaty to "avoid dangerous climate change" and reduce GHG emissions in an equitable way.
On Oct. 31, the next COP (Conference of the Parties, established through the UNFCCC) will officially open to continue these talks. This is a pivotal moment. It marks the 5-year interval when each country must deliver fresh commitments.
We know that existing commitments are not enough to meet the target of keeping global warming to 1.5o C above pre-industrial levels. And none of the industrialized countries are meeting even those insufficient pledges, including Canada.
An article published by The Guardian gives a great overview of COP 26 – what will be discussed, who will be there, what they need to accomplish.
The world will be watching and listening with hope and fear, praying that all of the countries have the gumption to commit once and for the good of all, to measures that will reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2010 levels, and to net zero emissions by 2050.