In a Press Release released today, Mr. Alok Sharma reiterates support assured for quarantine hotel stays for delegates belonging to red list areas and who wouldn’t find it easy to sit in on.
COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma discloses:
“COP26 has already been postponed by one year, and we are all too aware climate change has not taken time off. The recent IPCC report underlines why COP26 must go ahead this November to allow world leaders to come together and set out decisive commitments to tackle climate change.
“We are working tirelessly with all our partners, including the Scottish Government and the UN, to ensure an inclusive, accessible and safe summit in Glasgow with a comprehensive set of COVID mitigation measures. This includes an offer from the UK Government to fund the required quarantine hotel stays for registered delegates arriving from red list areas and to vaccinate accredited delegates who would be unable otherwise to get vaccinated.
“Ensuring that the voices of those most affected by climate change are heard is a priority for the COP26 Presidency, and if we are to deliver for our planet, we need all countries and civil society to bring their ideas and ambition to Glasgow.”
- Widespread vaccination holds the key to curb the Covid surge and therefore this is strongly emphasized for all those who wish to attend COP. Some delegates have registered for a vaccine through a standard process and they would be getting their first dose this week.
- Quarantine stays are funded for delegates, as they are the party to the event while observers and media personnel hailing from red list areas would find it tough to attend COP, which would also include Global South,
- People who may be vaccinated or not, but this facility is meant for everyone,
- Delegates belonging to red-listed countries but who are vaccinated fully would need to go for quarantine stay for five days upon their arrival. While those who are not vaccinated would need to get quarantined for 10 days,
- Just like other global events, COP needs adherence to COVID guidelines. As preparations are there for COP26, participants’ health as well as of the local community is of immense importance,
- UK Government and the Scottish government have made such decisions related to travel restrictions and vaccines for COP26 under the influence of COVID while public health advice was there too.
A great deal of importance is attached to this summit slated to be held in Glasgow if climate change is to be put under control. Clearly, world leaders would gather to assess the achievements of the Paris climate agreement of 2015, as climate deterioration is done at a fast pace.
Such was the crucial effort to bring countries on one platform and to strive for limiting global warming and an agreement was reached to retain temperature increases “well below” 2C and to put a limitation on it to 1.5C. But many experts claim the goal is far away still and we need to cover a big distance still. UN is the main force behind this COP conference where COP refers to the Conference of Parties.
To bring greenhouse gas release under control, countries are being asked to pursue “ambitious targets” else global warming would continue unabated and the year 2030 is set as a deadline.
Further, countries would also be explained about reaching “net zero” limit, that is no more gases going into the atmosphere by the time, we step into 2050.
Truly and mostly, the emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels and therefore, the needed approach includes the push in the following activities:
- Ending the use of coal
- Stopping deforestation
- Switching to electric vehicles
- Investing in renewable energy
What phenomena does climate change exactly refer to?
The climate change concept indicates change taking place in the weather order of our planet. The earth is believed to have been warmed by 1.2C since the era of industrialization, i.e. factories and workshops were established to manufacture a range of products but which made use of fossil fuels and it resulted in a perpetual surge in temperature, so much so that forcing governments to think about a roadmap categorically.
Not mincing words, food shortages, heatwaves, storms, extreme weather and rising water levels are some of the obvious impacts.
Chipko Andolan (Movement): Such was a massive social disturbance through a non-violent approach in 1973, meant to protect and conserve trees but arguably, the highlight of the movement was mass support and mobilization of women who went crazy at the thought of forest preservation, resulting in the paradigm shift in outlook towards them.
Chipko (meaning hug in the Hindi language) movement was an uprising against cutting down of trees and encouraging people to cut down reliance on trees to maintain ecological balance. This was started in the Indian state of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district but took other states across North India in its popular fury. Villagers, mostly women were seen hugging trees while begging forest personnel not to hack them.
Though initially, it was led by Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt in 1973 near the Mondal village but later Sunder Lal Bahuguna joined the ranks of the movement and spent a major part of his years in educating people about the benefits of trees and persuaded people to stand against its cutting down as well as a thrashing of Himalayan mountains. This was all his perseverance that cajoled former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to ban cutting down trees. He is well remembered for his much-publicized slogan, “our ecology is our economy”.
Returning back to COP26, let’s keep fingers crossed that it would prove to be a massive success and a cornerstone in the struggle for environment and that its guidelines and plans would be duly observed.