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COP26: 31 October – 12 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

November 2021

You may have heard that the UK is hosting a summit called COP26 which is seen as being really important if climate change is to be brought under control. The COP26 event is a global United Nations summit about climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it.

It was due to take place in Glasgow in Scotland in November last year 2020 with more than 200 world leaders due to attend, but it was delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COP26 is taking place in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021 and any decisions made could lead to big changes to our everyday lives.

What is COP26 and what does COP stand for?

COP stands for Conference of the Parties and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty agreed in 1994.

The 2021 meeting will be the 26th meeting, which is why it’s called COP26.

Why do we need COP?

The world is getting warmer because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans.

Icecaps are melting and sea levels are rising.

We are seeing more extreme weather events taking place around the world – including heatwaves, floods and forest fires, these naturally occurring events are being made worse because of the effects of climate change.

The past decade was the warmest on record, and governments around the world agree that urgent action is needed.

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