2022 has been a year in which the effects of climate change have made themselves felt in a big way, from excessive heatwaves across Europe to disastrous floods in Pakistan.
With that in mind, this year’s COP27 meeting, held in Egypt between 6 November and 20 November was more important than ever.
190 countries were represented in Egypt where many issues were addressed, but are we any closer to resolving the problem?
The United Nations Climate Change Conferences have been running since 1995, when the first, COP1, was held in Berlin. (‘COP’ stands for ‘Conference of the Parties,’ a term used by the United Nations for its highest-level meetings.) As damages caused by a changing climate have moved from prediction to reality, so they have become more important.
Last year’s COP26 was, as you may remember, held in Glasgow. The UK Government summarised their priorities as ‘cash, coal, cars and trees’:
Cash – finding more money to mitigate the damage caused by climate change.
Coal – reducing or even eliminating the use of the dirtiest, most polluting fuel.
Cars – promoting Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), phasing out the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).
Trees – Reversing deforestation