It Was A Fair COP
As in average, that is. When the outcome we desperately needed from COP26, as Prince Charles told the summit, was not a series of caveat filled announcements, but something much more akin to a “war-like footing”.
Instead of assembling the Prince’s “vast military campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector” our leaders opted for a diplomatic response to climate change. Or, as Greta Thunberg put it: “business as usual”.
A consensus of scientists, environmentalists and journalists agree that any progress made at COP26 is unlikely to have a decisive effect on limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. The conference also failed to signal the end of the production and use of fossil fuels and also failed to commit financial support for those countries at most immediate risk from climate change harms.
Nowhere on the COP26 agenda was room found for the number one threat to human life on the planet: the over-population of our species. Neither was the relationship between food production and global warming discussed – and this despite the fact that when afforded a choice, changing what we eat is the single biggest action an individual can make to help offset climate change.
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