This November, the UK will host the – postponed – 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
The summit will bring leaders together to “accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.” But will that acceleration be anywhere near fast enough? The signs aren’t promising.
If you’re freaking out about climate change, here are a few ways you and your family might be able to use your resources – whether time, energy or a bit of cash – to take action in the run-up to the conference.
Sign up to get the newsletter from Climate Emergency Mcr and help scrutinise local political action on climate change. This small group of volunteers supports fellow Mancunians to “engage constructively but robustly with their councillors about what is (and is not) happening at the ward level and across the city on climate change.” climateemergencymanchester.net
Make a donation to Plan B, a small UK charity established to support strategic legal action against climate change. They have taken the UK government to court to compel it to act on its commitment to the Paris Agreement. In 2020, Plan B won their claim against the planned expansion of Heathrow Airport, setting a “game-changing precedent of global application.” planb.earth/
Kids & young adults – get involved with Youth Strike 4 Climate Manchester, a group of young people actively working to push for climate justice on a local and UK-wide level. “Whilst we haven’t been able to physically strike for over a year, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have been very busy creating education resources and working with other groups across GM to push for climate action.” If you are aged 13-23 and would like to get involved, please message @youtstrikemcr on Instagram or Twitter.