Climate change is a geopolitical problem, impacting all countries and requiring global action.
Whilst the Paris Agreement provided a framework for all countries to act together, recent developments have shown it may be not be able to facilitate the change needed to tackle this global issue. At the same time, global geopolitics are in flux, with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic being felt across the world.
With COP26 delayed until 2021 we ask a panel of experts what role the UK can play in its capacity as president of these talks and what the summit in Glasgow should aim to achieve.
Tara Shine (chair) is an expert in the field of climate change and climate justice. She has advised world leaders, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations on climate change, environmental policy and development assistance. She is the Chair of the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and knows the inside world of the international climate change negotiations.
Simon Dalby is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His published research deals with climate change, environmental security and geopolitics. He is author of Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability, and Security and Environmental Change, and co-editor of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and Reframing Climate Change: Constructing Ecological Geopolitics.
Claire Healy is Director of E3G's programme on climate diplomacy, risk and security based in their Washington Office. Claire's experience includes working in international affairs at the US Department of Energy, International Director for Al Gore’s Alliance on climate protection, Head of delivery for Mayor of Los Angeles and Head of policy for the British Labour Party.
Marco Magrini is a journalist and after working 24 years with the Italian daily il Sole 24 Ore as a senior correspondent, he now contributes to La Stampa newspaper and writes the column 'Climatewatch’ for Geographical magazine.
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