2020-11-19 09:35

COP26: Frustrated by delay, young activists stage virtual Mock COP 65Z世界播



Hundreds of young environmental activists from around the world are meeting virtually to call for greater action on climate change. 65Z世界播


With the international climate talks that were due to be held in Glasgow this year delayed until November 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, young people have decided to create their own. 65Z世界播


Unlike the UN summit, COP26, the youth-led Mock COP is not based anywhere physical. 65Z世界播


Workshops and talks are being hosted virtually across multiple time zones, reducing carbon emissions by 1,500 times that of previous COP events, according to organisers. 65Z世界播


From Thursday until 1 December, more than 350 young environmental activists from 150 countries will hold discussions and hear from a range of climate experts to produce a final statement of demands. 65Z世界播


The aim? For countries to consider adopting them into law. 65Z世界播


'We are the leaders of today' 65Z世界播


Co-organiser Dom Jaramillo, 21, from Ecuador, says the event was born of frustration at the postponement of climate talks. 65Z世界播

来自厄瓜多尔的21岁的联合组织者Dom Jaramillo说,这次活动源于对气候谈判推迟的失望。65Z世界播

Dozens of world leaders will attend the summit between 1 and 12 November next year - in the most important round of talks since the global Paris Agreement to tackle climate change in 2015. 65Z世界播


"We decided we had to do something because we are in a climate emergency," she told BBC News. 65Z世界播



Dom says they want to raise ambitions around the world 65Z世界播


"We want to raise ambitions and show world leaders how a COP should be run. We are not the leaders of the future. We are the leaders of today," Dom added. 65Z世界播


Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who is president of COP26, will speak on the first day of Mock COP. 65Z世界播

商务大臣、COP26主席阿洛克·夏尔马(Alok Sharma)将在模拟警察大会的第一天发表讲话。65Z世界播

He says the event will further show "the appetite that exists across the world for governments and organisations to take ambitious climate action". 65Z世界播


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Josh Tregale, 18, from the UK, decided to defer his place at university to get more involved with environmental work. 65Z世界播

18岁的乔什·特里格尔(Josh Tregale)来自英国,他决定推迟上大学的时间,以便更多地参与环境工作。65Z世界播

He says he wants to set an example for how COP could be run in a low-carbon way. 65Z世界播



Josh wants governments to think about the impact of flying around the world for meetings 65Z世界播


"At a normal COP summit, delegates fly in from around the world. They can emit more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 - whereas ours will emit around 39 tonnes of CO2," he said. 65Z世界播


"If each year those carbon savings were made by government meetings that could have a huge impact." 65Z世界播


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Mock COP organisers say they want to address complaints about a lack of diversity in the climate movement and fears that countries most affected by climate change are not being heard. 65Z世界播


They have given countries from the Global South more young delegates and speaking time than richer countries. 65Z世界播


Dom says the Global South - which refers broadly to areas in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania which would previously have been described as developing countries - needs greater representation in climate talks. 65Z世界播


"We feel voiceless because we are the most affected," she said. 65Z世界播


Growing up on a banana farm in Ecuador, she says she has seen the impact of climate change firsthand. 65Z世界播


"We didn't have enough water, our soil was deteriorating. We are really worried about what is happening. I'm worried about my future," she said. 65Z世界播


Research suggests that Africa is more vulnerable than any other region to the world's changing weather patterns. Hundreds of millions of people depend on rainfall to grow their food. 65Z世界播


In Zambia, where young activist David Watson Mwabila lives, temperatures are predicted to rise by 5C or more. David is concerned that these changes could lead to malnutrition. 65Z世界播

在赞比亚,年轻的活动家大卫·沃森·姆瓦比拉(David Watson Mwabila)居住的地方,气温预计将上升5摄氏度或更多。大卫担心这些变化可能会导致营养不良。65Z世界播


David is worried about how climate change will affect food production in Zambia 65Z世界播


"Climate change is going to make it difficult for us to grow food. As a result, it would directly contribute to malnutrition and stunted growth in children," he said. 65Z世界播


"Keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C is very unlikely because the current political climate is too hostile. We need to work together as a global village taking decisive steps to combating climate change." 65Z世界播


How it will work? 65Z世界播


For Josh, this is an important moment to raise ambitions for COP26 next year. 65Z世界播


"We can show world leaders that young people can do more than just protest, we can come up with ideas and put things in place as well," he said. 65Z世界播


The delegates will work with scientists and environmental law charity ClientEarth to produce a final statement of demands that could be developed into a legal treaty for countries to consider adopting into law. 65Z世界播


It is thought one of the demands will call for young people to be included in each country's delegation at COP26. 65Z世界播


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