COP 28: Article

Navigating the Climate Challenge

COP 28, an international gathering intended to find ways of managing the climate crisis, is approaching. This journey, which began in Berlin in 1995 with the first Conference of the Parties (COP), will continue in Dubai this year (2023), as 70,000 delegates from 187 countries will gather from 30th November to 12th December. 

COP 28 Goals

The goals of all COP events are to discover methods of dealing with the ongoing climate crisis. In July this year, the incoming presidency announced that looking forward, focus will be on four key elements:

  • Fast-Tracking the Energy Transition: We must limit global warming to (at most) 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. COP 28 will reaffirm the aim of transitioning to clean energy and to dramatically reduce emissions by 2030
  • Putting Nature, People, Lives, and Livelihoods as the Centre of Climate Action: This aim includes a commitment to assisting vulnerable communities in adapting the the changes that have already occurred. By recognising the interconnectedness of climate and society, this year’s conference will communicate the need to increase resilience in the face of environmental challenges
  • Transforming Climate Finance: The financial elements of climate action will be centre-stage at COP 28. Accessibility, affordability, and availability of climate finance to developing nations are critical components of this goal 
  • Mobilising Inclusivity: COP 28 has committed to being the most inclusive event thus far. By ensuring that discussions and implementation of solutions involve collaboration with previously excluded people, e.g., Indigenous communities, this conference aims to amplify the diverse voices often unheard in the fight against climate change 

COP Controversy

COP 28, like previous COPs, is not without controversy. In addition to concerns regarding human rights in the host nation (the United Arab Emirates), the appointment of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), as president has generated substantial criticism. Many argue that this role in the fossil fuel industry will not enable him to remain unbiased with regards to leading the global climate response gathering.  

Individual Actions in a Global Fight

As we continue to combat the climate crisis, every action counts! You can contribute to climate action with simple, yet impactful acts. For example, by opting for sustainable transportation or conserving energy where possible, you will reduce the demand for fossil fuels. Reducing waste, by embracing a zero-waste lifestyle, planting trees, participating in local environmental campaigns, and spreading awareness of our planet’s plight are also excellent initiatives! Individual actions, collectively, will shape a sustainable future.

So, who’s with us?

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