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 8 November 2021 • Forest Row Local
climate change under control. For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits - called COPs - which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. ‘In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
What do we need to achieve at COP26?
1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach. Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.
To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to: • accelerate the phase-out of coal
• curtail deforestation
• speed up the switch to electric vehicles
• encourage investment in renewables.
2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats. The climate is already changing and it will continue to change even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects. At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to:
• protect and restore ecosystems
• build defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and
agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives
3. Mobilise finance. To deliver on our first two goals, developed countries must make good on their promise to mobilise at least $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020. International financial institutions must play their part and we need work towards unleashing the trillions in private and public sector finance required to secure global net zero.
4. Work together to deliver. We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together. At COP26 we must:
• finalise the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris
Agreement operational)
• accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration
between governments, businesses and civil society.
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Decisions made at COP26, the international climate conference being held in Glasgow from 30th October to 12th November, will affect all our lives and the future of Planet Earth. At Holy Trinity there will be a prayer station for the duration of the conference and we invite everyone to drop in to the church and pray for a successful outcome for the conference and for the lives of future generations. There will be prayer cards to pick up, information about possible action and more. Please come and join in our prayers in whatever way works for you. The church is open every day from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. All are welcome. The Eco-Church Group at Holy Trinity
Around the world storms, floods and wildfires are intensifying. Air pollution sadly affects the health of tens of millions of people and unpredictable weather causes untold damage to homes and livelihoods too. But while the impacts of climate change are devastating, advances in tackling it are leading to cleaner air, creating good jobs, restoring nature and
at the same time unleashing economic growth.
Despite the opportunities we are not acting fast enough. To avert this crisis, countries need to join forces urgently.
In November, the UK, together with our partner Italy, will host an event many believe to be the world’s
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