Government wants Glasgow to host critical climate summit

Friday 9 August 2019

RSPB today welcomed the announcement that Glasgow has been chosen as the host city for the UK Government’s bid to hold a crucial climate summit in 2020.

The COP 26 summit will determine the next steps in the global response to the climate emergency.

Anne McCall, the Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “This is a hugely exciting announcement for Scotland and an unmissable chance for the Scottish and UK Governments to help lead the world towards net zero carbon emissions.

“Only yesterday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted that how we use our land will be a vital part of the solution to the climate emergency. Nature-based solutions such as restoring our peatlands, planting native woodlands in the right place and enhancing our coastal and wetland habitats have a vital role to play. Scotland is already delivering some world-leading projects that are bringing major benefits to our climate and nature, but like all countries needs to do so much more.

“COP 26 is a major opportunity for all countries to make commitments to invest in nature and climate solutions that will halt our runaway climate breakdown and restore the biodiversity on which human life depends. We must show leadership and act now.”

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