Described by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “the world’s moment of truth” in terms of tackling global warming, COP26 will be getting underway in Glasgow later today.
Approximately 120 world leaders are expected to be in attendance at the early sessions as part of a major pushback to tackling global warming.
The event, which is to be hosted by Boris Johnson, has been warned as being the last best chance in preventing catastrophic climate change.
Leaders will be making new commitments in relation to cutting their country’s greenhouse gas emissions out by 2030.
However, there have already been warnings that what leaders have to offer in terms of cutting emissions will not be sufficient and therefore, further action will be required.
Originally set as part of the Paris Agreement 2015, the predominant goal of the meeting is to prevent global temperatures from surpassing 1.5C.
A massive focus will be placed on economies such as the United States, the EU and China, which are responsible for a vast chunk of emissions.
The two-week event will see Taoiseach Micheál Martin along with other government ministers representing Ireland, with Martin expected to speak at the conference on Thursday.
The opening ceremony will be taking place today, however, the main event where the real work will be done is to take place tomorrow upon the arrival of world leaders such as US President Joe Biden.
Some world leaders will not be attending the event including Chinese President Xi Jinping, however, he may be appearing via video link.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will also not be attending the event.
A significant Irish presence consisting of government officials, environmental organisations and faith groups will also be in attendance.
While stating that “COP26 will be the world’s moment of truth”, Boris Johnson added, “Together, we can mark the beginning of the end of climate change – and end the uncertainty once and for all.”
Johnson has also made reference to both the G20 and COP26 meetings by saying that they were incapable of stopping global warming and that the most we could do is slow down the increase in global temperatures.
IMAGE – Gage Skidmore/”PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020″ by DFID – UK