COP26 - what's needed?


What is COP26?

COP stands for 'Conference of the Parties' and these are UN conferences on its different conventions. 

COP26 is where world leaders come together to talk about climate change and how to tackle it, as it's the COP for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

This year marks the 26th COP summit - hence why it is called COP26 - taking place 1-12 November 2021 in the UK. It's held here this year because the UK were successful in their bid to host it - this means they have taken on the Presidency. Glasgow was chosen as the location, in part due to the city's commitment to sustainability. The spotlight is now on the UK to provide global leadership that raises ambition and turns promises into desperately needed action to tackle the inseparable nature and climate crises. 

Here we look at what we're expecting during the summit, and the leadership needed to ensure that globally we tackle the nature and climate crises. 

Find out what COP26 means for nature and Devon's wildlife from Harry, CEO of DWT

How did we get to this point?

What will happen if we don't act?

What does this mean for the UK?

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Alan Puttock, University of Exeter

What do we want to see from COP 26?

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How can you take action during COP26?

Attend our free live online event from COP26

We'll be coming to you live from COP26 on Sun 7 Nov at 7pm with a very special episode of our Wild LIVE series. We'll be joined by a fantastic panel of climate and nature experts and activists as they discuss why in order to deal with the climate crisis we must bring back nature on an ambitious scale. 

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Combatting the climate and nature emergency

Nature itself is at risk from climate change, but if helped to recover, its potential to store carbon does mean it can help us to turn the tide on the climate catastrophe. Find out more about the climate and nature crises and how DWT is fighting for nature.

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Help us map nature's recovery

We're creating a map of areas across the UK that shows where people want to see nature recover, or where nature needs help to recover more quickly. In the future, these areas could help form a 'Wildbelt' of protected areas. Do you know of some unloved places? Or want special places to have more protection? Tell us about them!

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