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Climate politics and COP26; what's at stake for the UK, and the world?

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Climate politics and COP26; what's at stake for the UK, and the world?

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On 27 September at 19:30 Climate Action Ilkley, with the U3A Environment Forum, will host a talk by Prof Tim Benton of Chatham House International Affairs Think Tank. Tim, who lives in Wharfedale, has worked with UK governments, the EU and G20. He has been a global agenda steward of the World Economic Forum and is an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Food, Land and Climate (2019), and the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment. Most recently he was involved in hosting John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, for his major speech at Kew Gardens.

The provisional title for Tim’s talk is 'Climate politics and COP26; what's at stake for the UK, and the world?'

The United Nations Conference of the Parties (to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), COP26 will take place from 31 October -12 November in Glasgow. It has been described as the most important conference ever held in this country. More than 190 world leaders are expected to arrive together with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens.

It is not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe it has a particular urgency because at the last equivalent event, COP21 in Paris 2015, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees. The Paris Agreement was born: countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions - known as Nationally Determined Contributions or ‘NDCs’. They agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan that would reflect their highest possible ambition at that time. This is that moment, delayed by a year due to the pandemic. But the commitments laid out in Paris did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, and the window for achieving this is closing. The decade to 2030 will be crucial. So as momentous as Paris was, countries must go much further to keep the hope of holding temperature rise to 1.5 degrees alive.

Prof Benton will explain why the stakes are so high, what is the UK's role as host, what has to be negotiated and agreed, what will be the sticking points and how we as citizens and voters can help our politicians. There will be plenty of time for questions and reactions.

We have booked the large hall at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley for this event and we hope that, by then, the great majority of people will be comfortable with this and that all attendees will be double-vaccinated. We plan to have windows open, space out seats and reduce capacity to half, ie 70 seats.

This is a free event and we welcome donations to help us cover the costs.

We had hoped to be able to also run the meeting concurrently on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Unfortunately, this has not proved possible.

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