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Glasgow and COP 26 right here we’re!

Glasgow and COP 26 right here we are!

So right here I’m on the prepare to Glasgow, on my technique to COP 26, which began earlier this week and ends on 12th November 2021.

I’m excited to be one of many FPH group with ‘observer’ standing, so in a position to attend the principle convention the place negotiations happen, although I believe many truly happen in no matter is the 2021 equal of ‘smoke stuffed rooms’! Or in truth have already taken place previous to coming to Glasgow.

 By the way in which COP stands for Convention of the Events of the UKFCCC, which is the worldwide mechanism to handle local weather change throughout 197 international locations.

The primary two days of COP is when the world leaders attend and plenty of of them have made declarations as to what motion their international locations will take to handle local weather change and lower emissions, as a way to attain not more than 1.5 levels, as agreed on the Paris COP in 2015. Sadly the plans (NDCs) at the moment in place will nonetheless not go far sufficient or quick sufficient, so therefore the urgently at this COP to get international locations to enroll to elevated targets and quicker motion. The science has proven that motion is NOW actually pressing.

The next days of the Presidents Programme are dedicated to particular matters, so yesterday was on finance and right now is on power. You’ll have seen within the information varied reviews from yesterday with bulletins in regards to the monetary sector agreeing to take motion on fossil gas funding, although readability is required on precisely what it means in apply. There have been additionally bulletins about engagement of the personal sector to assist finance local weather motion I believe to the tune of $ trillions,

For the primary time there’s a ‘well being pavilion’ at this COP and really most of the worldwide well being group are attending (together with ourselves from FPH) to make the case for well being being a part of the agenda and that there are already main impacts on well being, each direct and oblique, as a result of local weather change. But additionally to exhibit that well being will be a part of the answer; each well being methods – the greener NHS is a powerful instance – and we anticipate plenty of different international locations could announce comparable initiatives throughout COP. But additionally local weather motion may enhance health- for instance energetic journey, with elevated biking and strolling, reduces emissions, reduces air air pollution (enhancing well being) and improves bodily exercise, which improves folks’s well being.

Equally extra plant primarily based, sustainable meals is healthier for folks and higher for the planet.

However we’re additionally right here to remind everybody that there’s a local weather justice / well being fairness problem, each throughout the UK and globally. Essentially the most weak are more likely to be hit hardest by local weather change – poor housing is least resilient to increased temperatures or flooding and internationally world south has contributed least to the present emissions however are already feeling the affect of local weather change with elevated excessive climate and its sever impacts.

So what do I count on to do at COP?

  • Hopefully contribute to that well being voice, each informally and collectively in chatting with nation delegates. Or actually simply anybody who may pay attention
  • Definitely pay attention and study each from different international locations and from different sectors reminiscent of power and transport. We, in public well being, want to listen to the place they’re coming from and what language they use and see how our agenda on well being and inequalities and many others. can slot in and contribute to what they need to obtain. That method we are able to work collectively for a win win.
  • Really feel the excitement of collaborating with the worldwide well being group working collectively to handle local weather change and all its well being ramifications

That may do for now.  

Sue Atkinson

4.11.21 at COP 26 in Glasgow

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