WHAT DOES THE WOrLD WANT FrOM THE CLIMATE SUMMIT?We asked experts around the world to tell us the one issue that must be tackled at COP . Here is what they said.
CANADA Far too often we see delegates and scientists come together, discuss climate issues while leaving out some of those most affected, like Indigenous peoples. It is crucial to uphold Indigenous sovereignty and rights and ensure the solutions created do not continue to perpetuate colonial violence. Climate policy must standardize the inclusion of Indigenous peoples as decisionmakers and rightsholders. Rebecca Sinclair, Policy Analyst, Indigenous Climate Action
UNITED STATES The developed world must commit to some kind of carbon pricing or regulation – something tight enough to persuade the global business community that it will be increasingly expensive to burn fossil fuels in the future. Only real commitment can generate the sense of urgency we need if we are to address the climate crisis. Rebecca Henderson, Economist and Harvard professor
LATIN AMErICA & CArIBBEAN Land use is central to the climate, food and biodiversity challenges in Latin America. Landscape restoration and conservation are field-tested, cost-effective solutions to them all. The anticipated COP26 discussions on land-based climate actions that create substantial social and environmental benefits are essential to move this agenda forward in the region. Walter Vergara, Initiative 20x20 Coordinator
BrAZIL COP26 must tackle the conservation of at least 80 per cent of the Amazon Forest. Government actors need to set a clear goal with an accompanying plan to reduce deforestation and stop illegal fires. Existing studies point to how indigenous territories are the least deforested, and so the demarcation of indigenous territories will also be essential. Toya Manchineri, Political Adviser, Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon
GrEAT LAKES The priority is to formalize customary ownership of rainforests by Indigenous people and local communities. This process should avoid dangerous and ineffective industry-led carbon offsetting schemes. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the rights of multinational companies take precedence over communities. Instead, the government needs to prioritize economic opportunities that benefit people and nature. Irene Wabiwa Betoko, International Project Leader, Greenpeace Africa