Countdown to COP26: Mobilising People in the Year of Climate Action

The Government has committed to making COP26 as inclusive as possible. This means engaging people from across society in the run up to the Conference, as well as ensuring access and transparency for civil society groups at the Conference itself. The barriers to an inclusive COP presented by the Covid-19 pandemic were cited as a reason for the Conferences postponement. With the new date confirmed, the one year countdown to COP26 has begun and there is much work to do.

This meeting will explore the importance of delivering an inclusive COP26, the challenges to doing so, and how these can be overcome. We will discuss the intersection of research and society, focusing on the work being done through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to engage diverse communities across the UK in the climate crises and the COP26 Conference. The meeting will hear from leaders of the environmental movement, as well as researchers using innovative methods to engage communities in understanding and combating the climate crisis.

UK Research and Innovation is the public body that directs research and innovation funding across the UK. Much of this work is delivered through a network of Research Councils including meeting co-hosts the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Chair:
Caroline Lucas MP (pictured)

Panellists:
Beccy Speight
Professor Dame Jane Francis
Professor Georgina Hope Endfield
Dr Erinma Oohu