"At COP26 in Glasgow, the announcements came so fast there was barely time to
give each proper scrutiny before the next arrived. I’ve attended many United
Nations climate change conferences, but this fortnight felt different. The
feeling of momentum was palpable.
Countries that in past years fought tooth-and-nail against stronger action
stepped up with new commitments. Many of them joined an array of new
partnerships and alliances struck in the first week.
As I write, negotiators are locked in tense talks to try and land the final
COP26 agreement. But whether the summit succeeds or fails doesn’t depend solely
on the decisions reached this week.
From the outset, COP26 was seen not as an end point, but a kickstart to a
decade of truly transformative action. Only in coming years will we know if
the event was a real game-changer for the planet, or just empty promises and
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics