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A rally for a group of young people who filed a lawsuit against U.S. energy policies. Supporters attend a rally for a group of young people who filed a lawsuit saying U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future, Portland, Ore., June 4, 2019 (AP photo by Steve Dipaola).

The COP26 Summit Won’t Be Effective If It Isn’t Inclusive

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

At next month’s long-awaited United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, all eyes will be on national leaders to make commitments that give the world a chance to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. At a recent youth-led event, Hilda Nakabuye, founder of the Ugandan Fridays for Future movement, articulated the impatience felt by young people across the world, calling on global leaders to finally “put on their big boy pants, to stand up and to take concrete climate action!”

All the focus on the leaders at center-stage, however, risks missing the action taking place in the wings—the “circus” surrounding COP26, where NGOs, business leaders, young activists and representatives from marginalized communities will be mobilizing for change. Without the action there, our goal of Net Zero will remain a distant pipedream.  ...

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