Last week I was fortunate enough to attend COP26 in Glasgow, visiting the GreenZone on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th November . As a geography student and an advocate of sustainability and climate awareness, COP was an enlightening and eye-opening experience for me.
I felt that this year COP26 was a particularly momentous event. In the eyes of many, the most crucial time to take significant steps towards solving the global climate crisis. In David Attenborough’s words, “We need to rewrite our story to turn this tragedy into a triumph”.
At a personal level, seeing and hearing first hand, the collaboration of policy makers, corporations, academics, and indigenous communities helped me further understand the extent of the problems caused by climate change, to people all over the world. However unlike those who dispel COP as “blah, blah, blah”, I came away with a sense of tempered optimism, as you realise there are potential solutions (both in the short and longer term) which could be implemented through cooperation and efforts made by all parties involved, despite the obvious fact that they key goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5% seems an unlikely outcome.