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Christ and COP26 Read Article

November 2021

Christ and COP26


COP 26 (Conference of the Parties) is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference and will be held in the Global Green City of Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November 2021. It is the largest (about 25,000 attendees) and probably the most important conference on climate change ever to be held.

This summit will be attended by representatives from the 197 countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994.

In this article, I want to begin by looking at the goals of the COP26 conference and some of our own government’s commitments to climate change policy here in the UK and ask, ‘Are these goals realistic?’, ‘Is radical sustainable change possible in a consumerist society built on a market economy?’, ‘What are some of the blockages in making progress towards the goals?’