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Megan Hermes explains what COP26 is and why it's so important this year.
The international movement ‘Renew Our World’ has today launched a new campaign called ‘Reset 21’ calling on world leaders to commit to a clean and fair recovery from the pandemic and set the world on track for a safer and more sustainable 21st Century. 2021 presents an opportunity to reset our economies and climate as we recover from the pandemic and as global leaders prepare to meet for the biggest climate summit since 2015, COP26.
Last year’s UK justice conference is a vivid memory in my mind. Not least because it was just weeks before the world would go into lockdown, but at that point it was still normal to meet with hundreds of others packed tightly into a room.
What did we get at the US Climate Leaders Summit?
We’ve had a big step forward to give thanks for, and we need to pray for many more. I guess that’s the verdict on the climate summit President Biden hosted on 22-23 April.
We’ve got some good news to thank God for. This week the UK announced their new climate target - they’re going to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 78% from 1990-2035. It will be legally binding. It includes the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping for the first time, which is particularly good. It’s all based on the advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change, and it’s brilliant.
Despite being quick to implement lockdown measures in March, the country has struggled to contain the spread of the virus. Huge inadequacies in the country’s health and social support systems have contributed to Peru recording over one million cases and 38,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Against the backdrop of a government already overwhelmed with the task of addressing one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the world, on 9 November 2020, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra was impeached and forced out of office. It is thought that his strong anti-corruption agenda caused him to clash with members of Congress who then utilised the charge of “moral incapacity” on the grounds of alleged corruption to seize his political power and avoid being judged for corruption themselves.
It’s been said over and over again: We’re living through uncertain and unprecedented times.
This year has been so different from what we might ever have hoped or imagined. For many, it’s come with immense challenge, grief and pain. For others, it’s been a time of rest, reflection and possibility. There’s no doubt this year will shape us indelibly.