COP26 was a Conference of Parties event that brought together representatives from almost every country in the world to tackle climate change. In 2015 at COP21, every country agreed to work together, meeting every five years, to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably aiming for 1.5°C, adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and make finances available to deliver on these aims; this became known as the ‘Paris Agreement’.
COP26 was called a ‘unique urgency’ with the need to tackle climate change proving imminent. The key focus was that the world is falling significantly short of the target to reduce carbon emissions and limit the rising temperatures of the earth. Continuing at our current rate of emissions, the temperature of the earth will increase by a minimum of 2.4°C by 2050. The conference exposed the disastrous effect this will have on our environments and lives, with evidence provided of countries already suffering due to the nature of these changes.