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COP26 is over: and, no, it wasn’t all ‘blah blah blah’

Martina Juvara spent a week at the COP26 Summit as a representative of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. While there, she posted a series of dispatches for LTT. Here she offers her final summary

Martina Juvara
17 November 2021
Martina Juvara at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow
Martina Juvara at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow

So, did COP26, to coin a phrase used by Greta Thunberg to describe the UN climate change conferences, end up being no more than ‘blah blah blah’? Absolutely not! 

On Friday and Saturday last week I was hooked on the live meetings broadcast on the UN climate change platform, and I witnessed the whole drama unfolding. I saw the moment when Alok Sharma offered a heartfelt, and tearful, apology for having to accept a last-minute curve ball – with a commitment to “phase...

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