Last weeks Climate Ambition Summit lived up to our expectations: another climate jamboree with empty promises and plans that don’t add up.
We are still on track for 3°C warming. At the summit, we saw lots of small steps and promises, but not the strides and concrete actions needed to stay below 1.5°C. This is a death sentence for millions. Already, in every corner of the planet, killer floods, droughts & famines are already destroying the lives and livelihoods of people who have done nothing to cause this crisis. Those who are most responsible for the crisis must urgently contribute their fair share – both financially and politically – to a rapid, managed decarbonisation of our economy. As one of those most responsible, the UK must reject false and insufficient solutions that merely waste the little time we have left to mitigate the worst excesses of climate change. We need concrete actions and commitments rooted in justice and responsibility, not promises and ambitions.
The COP26 coalition, as part of growing movement of people both in the UK and globally, are sending a clear message to the UK Govt and others – those that lack the political will to act will be held accountable for the crisis they are fuelling.
We know that Climate Justice doesn’t come from the top-down. It comes from the ground up. We are an open, inclusive, and collaborative Coalition. Our aim is to organise around the COP in a transformative, climate justice-centred way, creating space for hope and being inclusive and accountable to the breadth of UK and Scottish civil society and international climate movements. We will use the COP as a moment to strengthen the Scottish, UK and International climate justice movement to build power for system change – this is not about 2 weeks in November 2021 – it’s about a year of building up to and the legacy of the COP for the movement. We want to enable civil society to use the COP as leverage to make gains at the domestic level that advance climate justice, and ensure best outcome possible from the COP itself.