What happened at COP26?

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson

COP26 Daily Reports

  • Day 1 - World Leaders’ Summit (Part 1)

    Following the ‘soft launch’ opening plenary yesterday, as well as the closing ceremony of the Conference of Youth (COY16), which had resulted in the publication of a Global Youth Statement, the COP got underway today. The opening ceremony and speeches from world leaders kicked off of the two-day World Leaders’ Summit. Representatives from all over the world gave opening remarks and stated their aims and priorities for the coming two weeks. Many world leaders, including those from Barbados, Fiji, Jamaica and others, highlighted the grave threat of climate change to their nations’ and peoples’ survival. Several public figures spoke at the opening ceremony including David Attenborough, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and the Queen.

    The major announcement that surfaced today was the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, a pledge by over 100 Parties (including Brazil and Indonesia) to halt deforestation by 2030. The devil will be in the details for this announcement though, and Ecologi’s Impact team will dissect the declaration in full, in the coming days.

    Further announcements from today’s opening discussions included India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the country’s intention to become net zero by 2070, to many people’s disappointment. In another disappointment, a letter from President Xi Jinping of China to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirmed China’s commitment to its current pledges, but gave no further advancement of their ambitions.

    On the ground in Glasgow, Crista Buznea and Sam Jackson from the Ecologi team caught up with friends from Force of Nature and Sky. Sam was also interviewed by Network 10, an Australian news broadcaster, and the Ecologi team also caught up with our team of Ecologi-branded PediCabs, who will be roaming around the city centre this week, providing a pedal-powered, carbon-free taxi service to COP attendees.

  • Day 2 - World Leaders’ Summit (Part 2)

  • Day 3 - Finance Day

  • Day 4 - Energy Day

  • Day 5 - Youth and Public Empowerment

  • Day 6 - Nature

  • Day 7 - Rest Day

  • Day 8 - Adaptation, Loss and Damage

  • Day 9 - Gender // Science & Innovation

  • Day 10 - Transport

  • Day 11 - Cities, Regions & Built Environment

More posts

Feel empowered, challenged and inspired. Join us on this important climate crisis movement.

We send good things

Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll plant a tree on your behalf.

Email address

Your tree will be planted in Madagascar by the Eden Reforestation Project.