Blah, blah, blah, yay: Another epic fail for the COP, but seeds of growth for our movements

By John Foran,

Introduction As COP 26 began, Greta Thunberg summed up the whole thing quite succinctly using just one word, three times:  Blah blah blah. And as it ended two weeks later, she tweeted: The #COP26 is over. Here’s a brief summary: Blah, blah, blah. But the real work continues outside these halls. And we will never give up, ever [emphasis added]. And indeed, COP 26 was an epic fail, even by the dismal standards of the 25 COPs that preceded it, but at the same time, the global climate justice movement made some much needed forward progress. Source:  Flickr Why this COP was an epic fail The process leading up to the COP was a blatant act of climate injustice Starting with the process leading up till COP 26, we might well ask why was it held at all, under the conditions of COVID? Large numbers of delegates and civil society,...

COP26 Global Day of Action

To keep fossil carbon out of the air, just stop pulling it out of the Earth

By Stan Cox, Seattle Times

This article first appeared in The Seattle Times. Stan Cox, research scholar in ecosphere studies at The Land Institute, is the author of The Path to a Livable Future: A New Politics to Fight Climate Change, Racism, and the Next Pandemic, and The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can. Expectations for the COP26 climate summit were always low. They had dimmed even further by the time the prominent climate activist Vanessa Nakate of Uganda spoke from the main stage on the Glasgow conference’s next-to-last day. Nakate chided her audience for sleepwalking toward catastrophe: “We see business leaders and investors flying into COP on private jets. We see them making fancy speeches. We hear about new pledges and promises. … I have come here to tell you that we don’t believe you.” She added, “I am here to say, prove us wrong.” Throughout the summit, people of all ages and...