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Planning for our mobilisation around the Glasgow Climate Talks, and continuing to campaign for Climate Action Plans.

19 Aug 2021

COP 26

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just recently published its latest report, the UN body's starkest warning yet about climate breakdown.   

Scientists made it clear time is running out to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels and to avoid so-called tipping points where irreversible collapse of natural systems occur. Every fraction of a degree matters.  

The UN climate talks in Glasgow, or COP26, are a major opportunity to shine a light on the UK government's inaction and demand urgent change. Read our guide to find out how you can get involved in the climate talks.  

We'd like to know what your group is planning so we can provide you with our best support in the lead-up to and during COP. So whether you're joining the Global Day of Action or taking part in other activities, please take a moment to let us know your group's plans for COP by completing our short survey. Make sure only one person from your group completes the survey.   

 

Being in Glasgow during the talks is a great opportunity to meet other campaigners, share skills and stories and take action together – right in the heart of the city where negotiations are taking place. 

There'll be lots happening, particularly on the weekend of 5-7 November, including a joint action with Friends of the Earth Scotland, the Global Day of Action demonstration, the start of the People’s Summit, and more.  

Let us know if you're thinking of coming to Glasgow so we can follow up with more information, like where to meet for briefings and events. We can also help find you accommodation if needed. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on first-come, first-served basis. Please ensure each person coming to Glasgow completes a separate form.   

 

Make sure to also book a place at these events designed to prepare you for COP: 

  • Pre-COP gathering (2 October, 11:00-14:00) This online event will be a chance to discuss plans for COP with other groups from across the UK, share learnings and get inspired to make the most of this moment. We’ll also take action on North Sea oil and gas together.  

  • Taking part in the COP Global Day of Action (25 August, 19:00-20:30) Join this webinar to find out how you can get involved in the Global Day of Action to demand climate justice on 6 November. We'll cover the logistics of taking part, how you can make your stunt most effective, and talk about resources and help you can expect from us. 

  • Using social media for COP and the Global Day of Action (7 September, 17:30-19:00) As we approach COP26, join us to find out how you and your group can use your social media skills to call for climate action and a just transition.  

Climate justice

To meaningfully engage with COP26, we need to properly understand climate justice. Take a look at our climate justice explainer  and get stuck into the new Climate Justice Hub  which is packed with things to read and watch.  

You can also watch our recent webinar on why racial justice is climate justice .  

The COP26 Coalition has organised some fantastic events on all things climate justice and you can watch many of them here . They’ve also recorded a webinar series all about the climate talks. Check it out.   

Make sure to also check out these resources:  

Campaigning for ambitious Climate Action plans

As we prepare to demand change from the UK government during COP26, we continue to create change locally by securing strong Climate Action plans.  

We’ve got plenty of template plans prepared to support your campaigns. They each outline concrete actions that should be taken to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. Feel free to adapt these to suit your needs. 

New supporter action to demand Climate Action Plans from councils

When it comes to securing ambitious plans from councils, we know that some are responding positively while others are falling behind – and they could all use an extra push. To support your campaigns, we'll be launching a new online action in September that lets people show support for Climate Action Plans in their area.  

Emails will be tailored to reflect whether a plan already exists locally or is yet to be worked up. And if you're working with my colleague Tom to push your council for a stronger Climate Action Plan using Action Network, we'll send this out instead. 

We'll let you know how many people took the action and share numbers for your area if you'd like them. Quoting these numbers to your council could strengthen your campaign even more. And in a year when all eyes are on the UK as host country for the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, they won't be able to ignore the mounting pressure to take strong climate action.   

If you have any questions or concerns about this action, or if you prefer us to not send it to supporters in your area, please get in touch with my colleague Rose.   

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