Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Glasgow climate summit: A glass half full

November 14, 2021

The Hill, Opinion Contributors

By Durwood Zaelke, Romina Picolotti and Gabrielle Dreyfus.

In a remarkable spirit of compromise, the parties at the COP26 climate summit concluded their negotiations in Glasgow on Saturday —motivated in part by fear of climate impacts, now and in the future, and in recognition that there is indeed a climate emergency.

Countries pledged to take urgent action to keep alive the goal of limiting global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid what Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados called the “death sentence” of 2 degrees Celsius for vulnerable communities and ecosystems, and probably the rest of the world as well.

For many veterans of these annual climate summits, the glass will be more than half full. Once the parties have the toast they deserve, they’ll start tomorrow with the vital work that must begin immediately to implement and strengthen the Glasgow commitments.

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