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Scottish charities urge negotiators to listen and act on the priorities of communities on the frontlines of the devastating climate crisis

Time is running out to make COP26 in Glasgow count!


As we reach the midway point of COP26, climate campaigners continue to urge negotiators to listen to, and prioritise, the voices of the people and communities most affected by the climate emergency. 

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a diverse coalition of over 60 civil society organisations campaigning together on climate change in Scotland, says time is running out to ensure that COP26 in Glasgow has a lasting impact and is remembered for delivering climate justice. SCCS hosting a series of events at COP26 to promote the demands of people most affected by the climate crisis and to elevate the demands of the most marginalised people. The events have featured compelling accounts from people from around the world, about the climate impacts they are experiencing, and what they want countries to commit to in Glasgow.

At a Glasgow Climate Dialogues event, Margaret Masudio (photographed above by Chris Hoskins), a smallholder farmer involved in an Oxfam project in Uganda, said the climate crisis is creating deep impacts on food production. She said: 

“When we say that climate change is affecting us so much, people should listen and take action. If you don’t take action, who will feed the families? Who will feed the nations? Who will feed the world?

“We are addressing the symptoms; not the root cause of climate change. We need to look at the reduction of global warming and who’s causing it and why.

“COP26 should address inequality and climate change. There are solutions. Every year matters, each decision counts, every 0.1 degrees is crucial.”

Alistair Dutton, Chief Executive of SCIAF speaking on behalf of SCCS, said: 

“There are just a few days left to make the Glasgow talks really count for those facing the consequences of the devastating climate crisis. So much time and energy has gone into hosting COP26, now it’s time for negotiators to deliver the robust action the world needs.

“To achieve climate justice, we must listen to the people who are affected first and worst; to hear the voices of experts from the Global South. We welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement at the start of the week that it will provide specific support for people suffering losses and damages as a result of the climate emergency. This has set an important precedent at the start of COP26 and should inspire other countries to follow.”

As a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, The Alliance stands behind this message and reiterates the crucial importance of prioritising voices from the Global South, many of whom are fighting directly against the impact of the climate crisis and demonstrate incredible adaptability in the face of adversity.

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