COP 26

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, from 9 to 19 November 2020.  We’ll be adding more information about the COP and providing  links to resources over the next few weeks.

STOP PRESS: It has now been announced that #COP26 has been delayed by a year and will take place between 1 – 12 November 2021 in Glasgow.

Useful resources

  1.  An activist perspective – looking beyond COP 25
  2. A set of demandsfrom Chilean activists in 2019
  3. A model motion on the climate emergency that you can use in workplaces to build support for the COP 26 mobilisation
  4. A video of Mary Church from Friends of the Earth Scotland speaking at the 2019 Scot.E3 conference where she reflects on COP25 and looks forward to COP26

The Cop26 Coalition is holding a global gathering from the 12th – 16th November.  Register here.

Scot.E3’s contribution to the gathering is ‘The Urgency of Now – Climate Jobs and Just Transition’ which takes place at 6pm on the 15th November.

Zoom link

The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified calls for a global Green New Deal – an urgent transformation of the global economy with massive investment to tackle climate change and address inequality. But what does a just transition look like for oil workers facing immediate redundancies because of low oil prices and privatisation? And with much wider unemployment expected, how do we take the initiative to create momentum for climate jobs on a local level, creating solutions rooted in communities and a real alternative?

This workshop draws on recent research with offshore oil and gas workers in Scotland. While many are looking for better job security, they are not being given a clear path to transfer their skills to renewable energy. The oil industry in Brazil also faces insecurity due to privatisation. Meanwhile, campaigns for free public transport in Glasgow and for a mass home retrofitting programme in Leeds are challenging the piecemeal approach taken by national government and calling for investment that meets the needs of local communities and creates climate jobs ‘from the ground up’. Workshop participants are invited to bring their experiences of mobilising for a just transition and climate jobs in their own sector / community.

All events will take place on Zoom and we will email through the relevant links beforehand when you register. You can get help installing zoom here. 

Antony Devalle (Sindipetro-RJ, Brazil), Gabi Jeliazkov (Platform), Stuart Graham (FreeOurCity), Ellen Robottom (Leeds Trade Union Council)