The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021 where it is expected world leaders will commit to enhance climate change targets.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is expected to be the most important event since the signing of the Paris Agreement. It will also be the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted.
It was originally supposed to take place this year but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Borders MP, John Lamont, questioned the UK Government about how they will engage with schools in the run up to this momentous event. The Business Secretary, who is also President of COP26, says the government will be working closely with schools and young people.
John Lamont MP said:
“The UK is helping to lead the world in our fight against climate change by becoming one of the first countries in the world to legislate for net zero emissions.
“We are also hosting COP26, when the leaders of the world will come to Glasgow to decide on a common way forward.
“It is important that young people in the Borders and across the UK can be part of this really important event.
“I am glad that the COP26 President realises the need to engage with schools. I will be working to ensure that they play an important part.”
Alok Sharma MP, Business Secretary, said:
“It is going to be a big moment for the UK in Glasgow next year and, of course, in the lead-up to it as well.
“I have been very encouraged and impressed by the commitment that young people are showing in tackling climate change.
“They have a vital part to play in ensuring that we deliver an inclusive and diverse COP26. In the run-up to the summit, we will be working closely with schools and young people.”