Like many around the world, we were disappointed to hear of further possible delays of COP26 due to Covid-19. But we also know that without cohesive, global action the climate crisis is worsening.
If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that the current systems in place needs to be better prepared to tackle our global challenges. It is now crucial that COP26 goes ahead in 2021, in whatever form that may be to keep everyone safe – whether digitally or at a reduced capacity. Our experience with organising virtual events and managing communities online is that it’s a practice that encourages inclusivity and collaboration, as everyone can have a seat at the table that’s not defined by geographical boundaries.
It is a critical time for world leaders to be talking as we build back from Covid-19 – these efforts to rebuild need to centre on inclusivity, equality and sustainability. The past year has taught us that uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and this shouldn’t stop us from wanting to protect the future of our planet and plan ahead. The decisions made about this going ahead or not impact the entire world.
As Sir David Attenborough said earlier this year, “COP26 could be our last opportunity to make the necessary step-change. It is too late to avoid climate change, but if we act fast enough, we can reach a new stable state.”
We ask all businesses and individuals to put their voice to this, to ensure COP26 goes ahead this year.