As the dust settles on COP26 there’s lots to talk about [[link removed]]. Despite the disappointing outcome from the talks themselves I’m filled with renewed determination to fight harder than ever for climate justice.
Now is a good moment to reflect on what happened at COP26 [[link removed]] - and plan our next moves in the struggle to build a better, more equitable world that doesn’t destroy our planet. To kick this off, Stop Climate Chaos is hosting a webinar next Monday, 22nd November where we’ll examine lessons learned from COP26 and explore what comes next. I hope you can join us!
Register for the webinar [[link removed]]
Monday’s webinar will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Speakers will include Emma Jayne Geraghty and Marion Briggs of Friends of the Earth, youth activist Amy O’Brien, Siobhan Curran of Trócaire, Valery Molay of the National Youth Council of Ireland, Aideen O'Dochartaigh of Not Here Not Anywhere and Sadhbh O’Neill of DCU.
Many of these speakers attended COP26 and will share their thoughts on the talks from policy and movement building perspectives. There will also be time to discuss and share your own views on COP26 - and post COP action - during the webinar’s breakout sessions.
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False solutions like distant net zero pledges and carbon markets [[link removed]] abounded inside the official COP26.
But the climate justice movement’s energy and creativity in alerting people to their dangers - using a range of tactics from eye catching direct action [[link removed]] to top quality panel discussions [[link removed]] - was nothing short of inspiring.
Inspiring too was the battle that Southern countries fought for a Loss and Damage [[link removed]] Finance Facility to deal with the climate impacts that are devastating their lives and livelihoods.
It was heart breaking to see this Loss and Damage Facility being ultimately blocked by rich countries like the US, UK and EU [[link removed]]. But it’s on the agenda for COP27 next year and the momentum behind it has got undeniably stronger - if we in the global North can also push our Governments harder on issues like this the outcome at COP27 may be different.
The official COP26 talks were awash with injustice and [[link removed]] false solutions [[link removed]] but the opposite was true in the activist spaces all around Glasgow. The climate justice movement was building its power and big, bold ideas for a radically better, greener world were everywhere. There were diplomatic rays of light too - with Ireland joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance [[link removed]] of countries committed to phasing out oil and gas production.
Listen back to some of the COP26 coalition panel discussions here [[link removed]], here [[link removed]] and here [[link removed]] to be filled with ideas, inspiration and lots of food for thought and activism. You can also read some our member organisations’ reactions to the COP26 outcome here [[link removed]], here [[link removed]], here [[link removed]] and here [[link removed]]. Then sign up for our webinar [[link removed]] on Monday to learn more and share your own reflections during the webinar’s breakout sessions!
In hope and solidarity,
Stop Climate Chaos
Stop Climate Chaos is a coalition of civil society organizations campaigning to ensure Ireland does its fair share to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change.