As world leaders prepare to descend on Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, calls for action on climate change and its impacts have never been louder. Mark Hansford explains how ICE is arming members with the tools to act.
Whether it’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson quoting Kermit the Frog, Insulate Britain protesters gluing themselves to the M25 or London Mayor Sadiq Khan warning that a fifth of all schools and a quarter of all railway stations in the capital are at risk of flooding, climate change and its impacts have never been higher on the news agenda.
It is all part of the build up to the COP26 climate change summit that takes place in Glasgow next month, where world leaders will come together with the intention of making serious funding and policy commitments to tackle climate change; both mitigating its impact by keeping global warming below the 1.5°C level that scientists agree would be catastrophic to the planet, and adapting to the effects – rising sea levels, increased storm severity and increased droughts – that are already inevitable.
Johnson, in a pre-COP26 speech to the United Nations in New York, described the summit as a “turning point for humanity” and called on countries to take responsibility for “the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves”.