COP26: it will not be easy, but vitally we know that if we act now it is not yet too late

Monday 1 November 2021

A blurry close-up of many climate banners being held aloft by protesters.

Today COP26 opened with many powerful voices and images that brought home the stark message.

We are in a nature and climate emergency.

Every day more of our wildlife and wild places are disappearing. Human activity is causing climate change, and our inaction is responsible for this worsening crisis. It is positive that our Prime Minister has acknowledged that words alone are not enough, and that this summit must be the moment to secure the future of our planet for the next generation.

The RSPB is attending the Glasgow talks to make the case for tackling the loss of nature and the climate crisis together through nature-based solutions. Our natural world could be our greatest ally in the challenge to store more carbon and adapt to the impacts already manifesting around the world for our own species in the shape of extreme weather events, wildfire and flooding.

We all know what is at stake.  Decision makers have acknowledged it will not be easy, but vitally we know that if we act now it is not yet too late. As hosts the UK will play a vital role in shaping the debate and ensuring commitments are backed with financed actions, including for nature.

Beccy Speight

Over the next two weeks we will be talking with decision makers to ensure they hear those voices and recognise this is a nature and climate emergency.

Join us in person or virtually through #MyClimateAction as we make sure decision makers hear your voice.

Last Updated: Monday 1 November 2021

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