COP26: What more can or should we be doing ahead of the COP?

Will COP26 make change happen

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Believed by many to be the world’s last chance to get climate change under control, should we be optimistic about COP26?

There certainly is reason to believe that it will bring with it positive outcomes!

The UK Government has shown its commitment to tackling climate change by entering legally binding targets to reach net zero by 2050. However, COP26 is where we need more detail as to how these targets are going to be achieved.   

What more can or should be done ahead of the COP?

When presenting their final report to parliament ahead of COP26, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) warned that the public feel forgotten and that they’re crying out for more information on what lies ahead.

Several think tanks and environmental charities have already published their wish list of outcomes from COP26 to support local authorities; however, are we guilty of overlooking the fundamental basics?

Are we doing enough to raise awareness and educating the people across our communities?

After all, it’s these people that will be heavily relied upon to achieve almost 50% of the emission cuts required to meet national net zero targets.

With global warming of 1.5 °C there will be increased risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply & human security
With global warming of 1.5 °C there will be increased risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply & human security

Are people being overlooked?

Insights from a recent citizen survey conducted by Greenredeem (which received 2700+ responses) validated the comments made to parliament and would indicate that people are not receiving the information they want and need.

More surprisingly, the survey also revealed that when it comes to climate change action, people don’t differentiate responsibility between local and central government: 

People want information and the ability to act now

The appetite from residents for information and the ability to play their part in actively reducing their carbon impact was substantial.

Time is getting away from us, and there won’t ever be a silver bullet

Many local authority action plans are broken into three or four distinct categories, much of which involve planning and significant capital investment that has not been agreed or secured

We already know that half of the emission cuts rely on people and businesses taking up low-carbon solutions, so what are we waiting for?

By enabling people to act now as part of their everyday lives, you are not only addressing their current demands, but also preparing them for larger structural change required in the future to meet zero carbon targets.

With time slipping away, we must not overlook the opportunity to raise awareness of the good work already being undertaken behind the scenes.

Before all else, while waiting upon the outcomes of COP26, or deliberating how to execute climate action planslet your residents know that your local authority has begun to act. 

*** Insights have been gathered by Greenredeem from a representative sample of 2,700+ households across the UK.

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