The Fierce Urgency of COP26

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There are turning points in history. Moments that matter. Moments that mark beginnings and ends. As Martin Luther King reminded us “There is such a thing as being too late.”[1] It is that which can give politics its fierce urgency. As far as global climate politics is concerned 2020 may be such a moment and it is vital that Europe should not be late.

The latest round of global climate talks, COP26, to be hosted in Glasgow from 9 to 19th of November 2020, was always going to be important. This is the moment, when the Paris agreement of 2015 is scheduled for another round of updated national commitments that reflect the ever-more alarming reality of the climate emergency.

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