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The Edit: Week One of COP26
The Edit

The Edit: Week One of COP26

Reflections on the first week of COP, why we need to invest in training for green skills and more in this week’s #TheEdit.
David Attenborough delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of COP26 in Glasgow.
5th Nov 2021

The first week of COP26 has seen the World Leader’s Summit take place, a near-global commitment to end deforestation by 2030 (importantly including Brazil) and a controversial 2070 net zero target from India – and those are just some of the big headlines. 

As Boris Johnson addressed his fellow international leaders, he impressed the urgency of the crisis: “It’s one minute to midnight on that Doomsday clock, and we need to act now.” 

With the world’s attention affixed on the simple concept of less than 1.5C, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the promises being made in Glasgow will be enough to avert the crisis. 

Here’s what you might have missed this week: 

  • Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson reflect on the first week of COP, covering everything from deforestation commitments to representation of the Global South – Outrage and Optimism Podcast  
  • Hope for the future: a children’s playground that removes carbon emissions from the air – BBC News
  • COP26 reports: What will it take to shift from fossil fuel to green energy? – McKinsey  
  • Everyone is hoping that the Glasgow conference will be enough to change the world. Matthew Sweet reflects on other global summits that have changed history – The Economist
  • The impact of climate change filmed from the perspective of everyday people across the globe – COP26 
  • Will a lack of training for green skills put a spanner in the works in the transition to a green economy? – Raconteur 
  • Engage with conversations around COP26 with The New York Times Climate Hub. Stream events, panels and discussions live and on demand – The New York Times
  • What are the chances of keeping the 1.5C dream alive? – The Guardian Today in Focus Podcast

“If working apart we are forces powerful enough to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it.”

David Attenborough

COP26 Coverage

The world is watching as political leaders, scientists and thinkers gather in Glasgow for the most important climate conference in history. Together, we can choose the path to a better future for all of humanity. 

For all of our COP26 content, find our dedicated hub here.