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The 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was drafted in 1992 in an effort to combat global warming. Since 1995 representatives of the world’s governments and other interested groups have been meeting annually in November to assess progress in dealing with climate change. This group, known as the Conference of Parties is responsible for adopting resolutions that establish the international rules needed to meet the challenges posed by our changing climate.
In 2015, unprecedented agreement was reached in Paris among close to 200 countries vowing climate action that collectively would limit global warming to less than 2 degrees during this century. However, it is now clear that these commitments have not been enough and the window for achieving the target is closing. Countries have made some progress in recent months towards the 2 degree goal but the science shows more must be done.
To that end, the UK will host this year’s conference in Glasgow, Scotland and organizers are focusing on achieving four key objectives: securing global net zero by mid-century, protecting communities and natural habitats, mobilizing financing, and working together. COP 26 will once again capture world-wide media attention and in doing so provide teachers with an excellent context and timeframe for exploring climate change in the classroom.
Why Care About International Cooperation on Climate Change?
Climate change is altering our planet. Significant environmental, economic and social consequences are becoming more and more severe as global temperatures increase.
Climate change will increasingly affect human health, species distribution and the ability of the earth’s ecosystems to sustain our economic, social and environmental needs. How we deal with climate change is a crucial discussion that teachers and students should be actively engaged in.
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to explore climate change issues. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.