Why is COP26 Our Last Big Chance to Tackle the Climate Crisis?

The world’s biggest climate conference will be held in Glasgow, UK next November.

What to know:

  • The climate crisis and how to overcome it is one of the biggest issues facing humanity — and we need to act fast.
  • Five years on from the Paris Climate Agreement, world leaders have one last big chance to take action.
  • Find out what COP26 is, how it plays a central role in global action on climate and why you need to care.

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The climate crisis is already here with us. This year alone we witnessed devastating wildfires in California, billions of locusts decimating crops in Kenya, terrible cyclones in India and Bangladesh, frequent flooding in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the highest temperature ever recorded.

These events are caused by rapid global temperature rises. This warming of the planet is happening because certain gases in the atmosphere, called greenhouse gases, block the heat from escaping. One of the biggest problems is carbon dioxide (CO2) and humans have increased CO2 in the atmosphere by more than a third by burning fossil fuels like coal and oil.

With scientists now saying we have just 10 years to avert a climate catastrophe, our lives could depend on world leaders coming together with the most ambitious plan the world has ever seen to curb climate change.

Getting all the leaders in the world to agree on what needs to be done can often feel as impossible as herding cats. But next November a critical opportunity is taking place for leaders to make this happen — the UN Climate Change Conference 2021, otherwise known as COP26. Find out what it is and why it’s so important to our global future by taking the quiz now.