Climate action now key following Glasgow Climate Pact
The world’s biggest conference on climate change has come to an end with the signing of the Glasgow Climate Pact.
The United Nations Conference of the Parties, or COP26 for short, brought together climate experts, heads of state from across the world and negotiators to check progress and agree coordinated global action and targets to combat the climate crisis.
Whatever we think of the outcome, the details of The Pact and its ambition, or lack of it, one thing we know is that we can’t slow down our efforts to keep 1.5 alive – to ensure that we all do our best to reduce global temperature rise.
We know that we need to step up our engagement with people across Scotland and we must all forge ahead to build on the renewed interest in climate change and climate action, which is higher than ever before. We need to mainstream the issue with individuals, communities and businesses, in particular to support those new to the facts and looking for support on how they can take meaningful action.
Our COP26 legacy at #TeamKSBScot is to harness this awakening and ensure everyone is supported to clearly understand the climate emergency, what it means to them, and how they can respond to the risks, opportunities and responsibilities ahead.
Our CEO, Barry Fisher, said “As Robert Burns put it when penning Scots Wha Hae - ‘Now's the day, and now's the hour’. We must all step up our commitment to tackling climate change. We all have it in us to take actions, big and small, to drive the changes needed in Scotland, and across the world. Existing climate action must continue, and new climate action is essential on this pathway to progress.
“We can’t see ‘climate’ disappear from the news. it has to be front and centre of what we all talk about, learn about and act on.”
The changes needed to tackle climate change are going to impact us all – creating new risks and responsibilities, as well as bringing new opportunities. Together, collectively we can help in the global efforts to combat climate change.
Over the coming months, we will work hard to ensure that Climate Change remains high on the agenda of those we work with and we will continue to push for greater priority to be given to the issue so that when carbon cut pledges are made by countries in 2022 they will give us more hope for our future.
For now, we continue, as before COP26, but with renewed energy to reach people of all ages and from all areas of life, those people who can make a difference to the future we all have in front of us.
Find out more about what you can do about climate change.
15 November 2021