Climate Justice can’t wait, and at the 2021 United Nations Conference on Climate Change – COP26 – thousands of frontline people and community delegations from around the world have come together in unity to hold parallel workshops and discussions outside of the exclusive multilateral governmental and corporate talks.
Front and Centered member organization, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, has sent Edgar Franks as part of an international worker delegation for a series of Just Transition actions, sharing the insights of U.S. farm worker organizing, lending his voice, and engaging in international planning with other frontline groups. Climate Justice reporter, human rights activist, and board member of Front and Centered, Jill Mangaliman pairs up with their compadre Edgar to host this climate conversation series, when we Crash #COP26!
What is COP26?
COP stands for Conference of the Parties and the 2021 meeting – taking place in Glasgow, Scotland between October 31 and November 12 – is the 26th COP meeting. COP26 is a global United Nations summit about the climate crisis and is attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994, along with advocates, researchers, corporations, reporters, and others.
For a helpful introduction, check out this New Economics Foundation podcast. Also see and follow COP26 Coalition, who is bringing receipts. Here’s a taste: “The transformative solutions that we need to survive and build a more just and fair world can only be brought about through collective action, solidarity and coordination, from our local communities and international levels.”