Cop26 Glasgow updates: Boris Johnson compares climate crisis to ‘Fall of the Roman Empire’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an apocalyptic warning that civilization could collapse “like the Roman Empire” unless the runaway climate change is halted.

On the way to the G20 summit in Rome, he said the world could “go backwards” and “go wrong at extraordinary speed” unless an agreement to halt the climate emergency is agreed at the Cop26 conference.

“Humanity, civilization, and society can go backwards as well as forwards, and when they start to go wrong, they can go wrong at extraordinary speed,” he said.

“Unless we get this right in tackling climate change, we can see our civilization, our world, also go backwards.”

“You saw it with the fall and fall of the Roman Empire.”

Cop26, the UN climate summit, starts on Sunday in Glasgow, where 196 world leaders and around 20,000 delegates will meet to commit to reducing carbon emissions in hopes of avoiding a climate catastrophe.


Cop26: What are world leaders trying to agree on?

As the UN climate summit is due to begin tomorrow, my colleague, Rob Le Mare, explores exactly what world leaders gathering in Glasgow are trying to agree on.

See: What are world leaders trying to agree on at Cop26?

Cop26, the 26th annual UN climate conference for the parties, provides world leaders with an opportunity to gather in Glasgow to work together to tackle the global climate crisis. Leaders from around the world will gather to reflect on their existing emissions reduction targets and discuss more ambitious future targets. This gathering of many of the most powerful people on Earth is under pressure from both scientists and activists to respond to growing concerns about impending climate disaster.Join The Independents free Cop26 UN climate summit daily briefing newsletter.

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 11:55 AM


Isolate British protesters going into moving traffic

Fourteen Insulate Britain protesters went into oncoming traffic on Friday in several places along the M25. Ten were arrested by Essex police, who condemned the act as “extremely dangerous”.

Members of the group are calling for action by the government on home insulation to reduce household energy waste, a major contributor to climate change, and have blocked roads and disrupted traffic across the country 16 times over the past six weeks.

My colleague Emily Atkinson reports.

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 11:36 AM


Climate pilgrimage groups arrive in Glasgow

After walking thousands of miles to Cop26, climate pilgrim groups have arrived in Glasgow.

Thousands of activists will march through the city center at 2 p.m.

The procession is said to be an “opening ceremony” for a series of non-violent direct actions planned around the UN climate summit.

Among the pilgrims is Marcha Glasgow, a group of Spanish climate activists who took a ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth before embarking on their 30-day hike to Glasgow. Another group, the Camino for Cop26, went from London and Bristol to Glasgow, while activists from the Young Christian Climate Network went from Cornwall.

Other activists came further afield, with the ecumenical pilgrimage to climate justice arriving from Poland, Sweden and Germany.

Alex Cochrane, a member of XR Glasgow who welcomed the climate pilgrims, told ON: “Cop26 must end a growing crime against humanity from wealthy governments, sacrificing the global south to sustain the bulk of the global north’s prosperous, carbon-intensive lifestyle.

“We welcome the pilgrims of the faith – and no faith – who are going to Cop26 to demand that governments also go for the global south.”

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 11:17 AM


Voices: To succeed, Cop26 must address how we manage funding for the communities most in need

Danny Alexander, Vice President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, is considering the forthcoming Cop26 climate summit and its potential to avert catastrophic climate change, especially in developing countries most vulnerable to severe weather events and rising sea levels.

“To succeed, Cop26 must address the big picture: the challenge of how we manage funding, urgently to communities that need it most.

“We can not afford for this policeman to be derailed by geopolitical debates that serve no one and to be dominated by richer nations.

“It is hugely significant and welcome that so many developed countries have made ambitious commitments to reduce emissions and move to net zero. But to say that these commitments ‘set the example’ for other countries to build greener backs miss half of The argument. “

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 10:58 AM


G20 draft communiqué commits to tackling ‘existential challenge’ from climate change

Leaders from the 20 richest countries have recognized the “existential threat” from climate change and will commit to taking urgent steps to curb rising global temperatures.

According to a G20 draft communiqué seen by Reuters, leaders in Rome will commit to limiting global warming “well below” 2C by pursuing “meaningful and effective actions” to limit warming to 1.5C.

“We are committed to tackling the existential challenge of climate change,” the draft communiqué said.

“We recognize that the effects of climate change at 1.5 degrees are much lower than at 2 degrees, and that immediate action must be taken to keep 1.5 degrees within reach.”

World leaders also recognized the importance of achieving global net zero greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 neutrality by 2050.

Other elements of the draft communiqué included a promise to ensure that at least 30 percent of global land and seas are protected by 2030, an obligation to phase out inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels “in the medium term”.

World leaders also made a number of commitments on coal power generation, promising to do their utmost to stop the construction of new, undiminished coal-fired power plants by the 2030s, and pledged to halt international public funding of newly built undiminished coal production abroad by the end of 2021.

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 10:39 AM


UN President arrives in Glasgow

Abdulla Shahid, President of the UN General Assembly, has arrived in Glasgow, Scotland for Cop26.

“I look forward to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, advocating for keeping 1.5 alive and calling for clarity and reliability on climate finance,” he said on Twitter.

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 10:20 AM


The UN Secretary-General calls for ambition and action to ensure the success of Cop26

The UN Secretary-General has called for ambition and action to ensure success at Cop26 in Glasgow.

On Twitter, he warned that there was a risk that the climate summit would not be able to prevent a climate catastrophe.

“Even though the latest promises were clear and credible – and there are big questions about some of them – we are still heading for a climate catastrophe.

“For real success, we need ambition and action to overcome the risk and make # COP26 a success.”

Celine WadheraOctober 30, 2021 10:01 AM


Climate activist and author Ella Robertson McKay has called on the government to provide the right framework to facilitate the transition to a green economy at Cop26.

In a speech at LBC, One Young Worlds CEO said change would be driven by technology that would ultimately come from companies, but added that the government would have to create an enabling environment.

“Realistically, this is going to depend on technology, we need the technology to decarbonise, and the technology is not coming from the government, it is not coming from charities, it is certainly not coming from people sitting on the highways, it is coming from business, ” she said.

“The only CO2-neutral solution is a business-driven solution.

“Crossing this decarbonisation bridge is complicated, and it involves business, it involves civil society and people, but the government has to provide the proper framework at Cop, otherwise it will not happen.”

Celine Wadhera30 October 2021 09:42


Prince Charles: Sustainable urban development is the key to the climate fight

The Prince of Wales has said that sustainable urban development is the key to fighting climate change.

Talking to Daily Express from Italy ahead of the G20 summit, Prince Charles said: “Sustainable urban development is clearly crucial to responding to the climate crisis.

“We all know that it is so completely and crucially important for the future of our planet and, of course, central, yes absolutely fundamental, I would have said, for any prospect of actually achieving the crucial Cop25 goals.”

He added that he felt that repairing cities would play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gases.

Celine Wadhera30 October 2021 09:23


Cop26 a failure if the world does not commit to halving emissions by 2030, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson says Cop26 will have failed unless the world commits to “halving emissions by the end of this decade,” sharpening its goals for the crucial climate summit.

Ahead of leaders gathering in Glasgow on Sunday, a Downing Street spokesman said: “This is the action of the decade to be taken – it is no longer something that can be talked about in broad terms.”

In recent days, Mr Johnson has talked about net zero targets for 2050 – rather than cutting carbon emissions by 2030 – which has suggested that he laid the groundwork for an effective failure.

But the spokesman asked what “success” would look like, saying it must be 2030 commitments to “keep alive” the goal of preventing global temperature rises of more than 1.5 degrees since industrialization.

Chris Baynes30 October 2021 00:17

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