Undercurrents: Climate perspectives from COP26

How are communities on the front lines of the climate crisis adapting to new challenges? And what would young people have prioritized at COP26?

Audio Published 12 November 2021 Updated 18 November 2021 47 minute listen

Policymakers from all over the world gathered at COP26 to attempt to agree on increasingly ambitious plans to tackle the climate crisis. 

In this episode, Ben shares some interviews from the fringes of COP26. Simon Mundy, Moral Money Editor at The Financial Times, shares his reflections on what business want from the COP process. He also explains some of the key lessons from his new book, The Race for Tomorrow, which tells the stories of people on the front lines of the climate crisis, showing how the struggle to respond is already reshaping the modern world. 

Then Ben is joined by Bela Watler, a youth climate activist and conservationist from the Cayman Islands who is representing the Protect Our Future network at COP26. Protect Our Future is an environmental campaign working to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting habitats in the Cayman Islands. 

Finally, Ben heard from Chloe Campbell from the 2050 Climate Group, a Scottish youth network campaigning for climate justice and a faster transition to a net zero world, and building the capacity of young people to engage in the climate negotiations. 

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