The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy is honored to have a presence in Glasgow, Scotland as leaders and activists from around the globe begin converging this week for the biggest international climate conference since the Paris Agreement was reached back in 2015.
The United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) is a worldwide, two-week meeting of many of the brightest and most influential minds on how to equitably and successfully reduce the already unfolding harms of the climate crisis. It’s a chance for citizens from nations experiencing the most dire impacts to tell their stories, and for leaders to determine how history’s biggest polluters, including the United States, will deploy their fair share of resources to address the emergency. It’s also where innovative ideas are exchanged and crucial relationships are built.
With scientists from around the world characterizing the state of the climate crisis as a “Code Red for Humanity,” the stakes at the summit have never been higher. MCEA’s delegation will be working to share the story of how Minnesota — on the land of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples — can and must be a leader for the Midwest in the transition away from coal, oil and natural gas. We also hope to help amplify the voices of marginalized communities who are already being hit the hardest by climate change’s toll.
Two MCEA staff, including our Climate Program Director, Ellen Anderson, as well as two MCEA guests, form our delegation. Our guests are already at the conference for the first week, while MCEA staff will cover the second, when the summit transitions into official negotiations.
Look out for content from our team throughout, including social media posts, emails and webinars about what we are seeing, hearing and sharing at COP26. First up will be a panel discussion live from Glasgow this Wednesday called Designing an Equitable Carbon Free Future in Minnesota and the Midwest.
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Updates from COP26
Panel discussion: Designing a equitable carbon-free future in Minnesota & the Midwest
What: Panel discussion live from COP26 featuring three Minnesota experts on the ground in Glasgow talking about efforts to push for a just transition to a carbon-free economy — one that values public health and the environment, provides opportunities to low income communities and communities of color, respects treaty rights, and cracks open the status quo to explore new ideas and structures for the economy of the future. The panel, called Designing an equitable carbon-free future in Minnesota and the Midwest, will be hosted by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and the US Climate Action Center.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 3rd at 5 pm GMT, or noon CT
Where: Glasgow, Scotland. The webinar will be broadcast virtually.
How to watch: This event already occurred. Click below to watch the recording!