The Landscape Institute at COP26
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.
Additionally, from 11 to 15 October 2021, Kunming, China will host COP15: the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Biodiversity and habitat loss are crises which, like climate change, are directly linked to human activity; which require a concentrated global effort to tackle; and which landscape practice can benefit enormously.
Why is COP26 significant?
Climate change is a clear and present danger to all people and our planet. COP26 is the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted, and the most significant climate event since COP21, the 2015 United Nations climate conference that resulted in the Paris Agreement.
The 2015 Paris Agreement provided a landmark global framework for limiting global warming rise to ‘well below’ 2°C above pre-industrial levels. But globally, we are not on track to meet these goals.
Watershed moments in human history, COP26 and COP15 will determine the scale of ambition and action to limit global warming and environment loss in the next decade.