From the 1st – 12th November, the COP26 Green Zone was open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre. Youth groups, civil society, academia, artists and businesses from across the UK and all over the world hosted events, exhibitions, cultural, performances, workshops and talks.
Below, we have listed what we believe to be the most impactful comments and takeaways that echo the public views of this year’s COP event.
1. “We will be 5-6x more likely to experience heatwaves than the generations before us – we will get old, the amazon will undergo savannization and the animals we know will be extinct”
2. “Low carbon hydrogen society could reduce emissions, improve air quality, provide flexible energy for power, heat and transport”
3. “Those that have done the least are among those to be hardest hit” – Sir David Attenborough
4. “How do we close the gap between what’s necessary for our survival and what seems politically possible right now?”
5. According to new research by Zero Tracker, 90% of worlds economy are now committed to Net Zero targets.
6. 80% of consumers believe that businesses and governments need to provide access to affordable, accessible sustainable products and services.
7. “Promises ring hollow when fossil fuels receive subsidies” UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres
8. “CO2 emissions are forecast to jump in 2021 by the second-biggest annual rise in history. So, I hope you can understand why many of the activists do not see the success that is being applauded within these halls” Vanessa Nakate
9. “[COP26 is] a two-week celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah” Greta Thunberg
10. Range anxiety may be a perceived barrier as most commutes are a 23-mile round trip. A normal EV does 200-250 miles – Claire Spooner, Head of Decarbonising Transport at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.