COP26 Daily Theme: Impacts of Extreme Weather

Man holding carbon sign

A man walks past George Square dressed as a tree and carrying a sign reading ‘Trees love carbon’, as tens of thousands of people march through Glasgow city centre calling for climate justice and for world leaders to address the climate emergency.  Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

As the second week of negotiations at COP26 begins, the theme for the day turns to the impact of extreme weather, environmental degradation and rising sea levels and what is being done – and can be done – to adapt.

Research indicates that climate change could push over 100 million people into poverty by 2030. Delegates in the Blue Zone will be exploring how to adapt our economies and societies to prevent this and seize the opportunity for a more resilient future. You can watch Blue Zone Sessions here.

If you were to attend COP in person the Green Zone would be where you find exhibits and presentations for members of civil society. You can find a lot inspiring content related to daily themes through the Google Arts & Culture Digital Green Zone.

One display item from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health highlights the Local climate adaptation tool (LCAT).  This tool helps advanced users identify and predict climate-related impacts on water and weather at a local level. Originally developed to support National Weather Service field offices, LCAT offers data-driven answers to climate-related questions. The tool links local weather and water events to signals in the climate system, providing information about how climate variability and change contribute to local climate trends.

If you are interested in learning more about how your congregation can take action locally check out this resource from PHP’s partner, Blessed Tomorrow. The Moving Forward: A Guide to Climate Action For Your Congregation and Community provides information and resources to reduce energy use, to build resilient houses of worship as refuges from a changing climate, and to encourage support for policies that better care for creation. También disponible en español


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