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Published: 26 November 2021
Contributed by: Quak!
Our shared world won't wait

"When talking to students about COP26,

I'll have to tell them honestly that, while I don't fully understand the deal, it feels like a disappointment for supporters of climate justice." Prioritising optics over action, rich countries trumpeted their alarm, but enabled more pollution with impunity at the expense of the world's poorest people.

Yes, it's positive that the world's governments can meet diplomatically, but the inequality of power and privilege were all too visible in the structure of the conference.

Yes, some issues inched forward in Glasgow. The inclusion of a dialogue around the crucial words 'loss and damage finance' may eventually allow the victims of climate breakdown to claim some resources for their survival.

And yes, there will be a COP27. But whether you trust the measured praise of UN Secretary-General António Guterres who sees "building blocks for progress", or Plan B's Tim Crosland who concludes that COP26 has been an "absolute failure", it's hard to claim the conference has been a triumph of justice.

Ellis Brooks explains why educators are teaching climate justice and promoting active citizenship while those in power drag their feet.

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