Friday, October 8, 2021

About COP26 Coalition

About COP26 Coalition 

The COP26 Coalition is a UK-based civil society coalition of groups and individuals mobilising around climate justice during COP26. Coalition members include environment and development NGOs, trade unions, grassroots community campaigns, faith groups, youth groups, migrant and racial justice networks – to name a few.

Our aims

World leaders and experts will meet in Glasgow in November at the global climate talks, COP26. Global problems need global solutions. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis. They will decide who is to be sacrificed, who will escape and who will make a profit. So far, governments have done too little too late: colluding with corporations and hiding behind green washed ‘solutions’ that actually don’t exist yet, that don’t address the scale of the problem, and in many cases rely on more exploitation of people and the planet.Justice won’t be handed to us by world leaders or delivered by corporations. Only we can imagine and build the future that works for all of us. The transformative solutions that we need to survive and build a more just and fair world can only be brought about through collective action, solidarity and coordination, from our local communities and international levels.

We are bringing together movements from across the world to build power for system change – indigenous movements, frontline communities, trade unions, racial justice groups, youth strikers, landworkers, peasants, NGOs, grassroots community campaigns, feminist movements, faith groups – to name a few. Wherever you are in the world, now is the time to join the fight for climate justice. We need all hands on deck: in workplaces, communities, schools, hospitals and across national borders. We will be putting indigenous, frontline and Global South communities front and centre. We need your help to amplify their voices and demands.

6 November: Join us in actions across the world so that we can be loud and clear to the world leaders discussing our future: we want climate justice now!

7-10 November: Join us for our People’s Summit for Climate Justice where the climate justice movement will be coming together to discuss, learn and strategize for system change. You can join in online from anywhere in the world, or in-person in Glasgow.

Coalition members
Anticapitalist Resistance
Black Environmental Initiative
Campaign against Climate Change
CEMVO Scotland
Centre for Alternative Technology
Centre for Applied Buddhism
Center for Sustainable Development Initiative (CENSDI)
Christian Aid
Climate Craic
Climate Crisis Hub & Film Festival
Climate Emergency UK Ltd.
Climate Psychology Alliance
Climate Tracker
Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Coal Action Network
Collaboration for Change
Conflict and Environment Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Cyrog Enterprise Ltd
Demand Climate Justice
Democratic Left Scotland
Earth Strike
East and Southeast Asian (ESA) Scotland
Eco-Congregation Scotland
Eco Dharma Network
Ecojustice Legal Action Centre
ETC Group
Extinction Rebellion Scotland
FDA Union
Feminist Exchange Network
Force of Nature
Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Friends of the Earth Scotland
Global Center for Climate Justice
Global Ecosocialist Network
Global Justice Glasgow
Global Justice Now
Global Witness
Greenpeace UK
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Hamish the Highland Coo
Health Poverty Action
If Not Us Then Who?
Ignite Life (Ignite TV CIC)
International Development Education Association of Scotland
International Tibet Network
Islamic Relief UK Jubilee Scotland John Muir Trust
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Landworkers’ Alliance
Learning for Sustainability Scotland
Migrants Organise
Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment (MORE)
Mothers Rise Up
Movement for the Abolition of War
Muslim Council of Scotland
MY World México
National Union of Students (NUS)
Nourish Scotland
Organic Growers of Fairlie
Our Kids’ Climate
Parents For Future UK
Parents for the Future Scotland
PCS Union
Pedal on Parliament
Permaculture Association (Britain)
Positive Money
Propagate (Scotland) CIC
Quakers in Britain
Radical Independence Campaign – Climate Group
Rapid Transition Alliance
Real Farming Trust
Reclaim the Power
RedGreen Labour
Rising Tide UK
ScotE3 (Employment, Energy and Environment)
Scotland Malawi Partnership
Scottish Artists Union
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
Scottish Community Alliance
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Socialists for Independence
Stop Ecocide International
Stop the JNF
Students for Global Health
Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK)
Surfers Against Sewage
System Change Not Climate Change
Take One Action Film Festivals
The Arkbound Foundation
The Hysteria Collective
The Robin Hood Tax
The Surefoot Effect, CIC
The X:talk Project
UK Youth Climate Coalition
UN House Scotland
Unite Union
Unity Consulting Scotland Ltd.
University & College Union (UCU)
University & College Union Scotland
War on Want
Water Witness
Women’s Budget Group
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Women’s Environmental Network (Wen)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Woodcraft Folk
Woodlands Community Development Trust
Wretched of the Earth
Young Friends of the Earth Scotland
Yes to Fair Redevelopment

Local members

Aberdeen Climate Action
Blackwater Valley Friends of the Earth
Bristol Friends of the Earth Group
Bristol NEU
Cambridge Friends of the Earth
Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency
Carfree Glasgow
Divest Strathclyde
Dundee Trades Union Council
Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council
Edinburgh EIS
Edinburgh UCU
Friends of the Earth Tayside
Gate Church Carbon Saving Project
Get Glasgow Moving
Glasgow Buddhist Centre
Glasgow Calls Out Polluters
Glasgow Community Food Network
Glasgow COP Collective
GUEST – Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team
Interfaith Glasgow
Lambeth UNISON
Liverpool Friends of The Earth
London Hazards Centre
London Mining Network
Medway Trades Union Council
Ninewells Community Garden
North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF)
Northant Friends of the Earth & Greenpeace
Our Air, Our City
Oxfordshire COP26 Climate Alliance
Penn Climate Action
Pontypridd Green Week
Sustainable Kirriemuir
The Edinburgh Remakery Ltd
Transition Edinburgh
Transition Stirling
Zero Carbon Llanidloes

Our key areas of work

Learning within our movements: We support civil society, especially in Scotland and the UK to use COP26 as a learning moment to strengthen our movement, and to mobilise behind strong climate justice demands. We will also help explain the basics of the negotiations, as well as all the issues from a climate justice perspective.

Centring voices of those most impacted: We support, train and coordinate to ensure that the voices of those most impacted by the climate crisis (for example, frontline and indigenous communities in the global south) are heard in the run up to and during the COP, transforming our movements in the process.

Logistics and international solidarity: We provide support, advice, and information for the visa process, travel arrangements and accommodation for global south participants.

People’s Summit and civil society spaces: We ensure civil society has spaces to meet and organise during COP26, including a counter summit as a focal point for events, mobilising, learning, strategising.

Mobilisations: We coordinate a mass civil society action during the COP, complementing other decentralised actions in run up to and during COP, by providing a coordination space to inform targets, messages and actions.

Developing transformative policy demands: We develop political narratives and frameworks that deepen the understanding and connections between demands for decarbonisation at the national level and the impacts of different approaches and solutions on the global south. These include the need for financial and technical support for those already being impacted by the multiple crisis of climate and inequality.

Decision making & structure

The Coalition’s decision-making body is the Coordinating Committee, composed of representatives from each of the Working Group and reflecting a the full range of constituencies represented in the Coalition. The Working Groups take forward the plans of the Coalition. The following Working Groups are currently operational:

Communications: the Communications Working Group is in charge of communicating key information and messages from the Coalition. The Working Group manages the Coalition’s social media channels and produces a fortnightly newsletter, The Rising Clyde. It also manages the Coalition’s traditional media work, including maintaining a spokesperson network.

Culture: the Culture Working Group coordinates artistic and creative work within the Coalition.

Fundraising: the Fundraising Working Group is composed of fundraisers from members of the Coalition who work together to secure the funds necessary to the work of the Coalition and manage a budget.

Glasgow Local: the Glasgow Local Working Group provides space for local movements and groups based in Glasgow to organise and build power ahead of and during COP26.

Global Solidarity: the Global Solidarity Working Group liaises with organisations and movements from around the world to inform the work of the Coalition, as well as to support these movements – especially in the Global South – to maximise their participation at COP26. The Working Group holds regular International Assemblies for this purpose.

Logistics: the Logistics Working Group is mostly composed of and works closely with Scottish groups to manage venue booking, accommodation, and visa support. The Working Group seeks to support Global South participation at COP26 in particular.

Mobilisations: the Mobilisations Working Group coordinates a variety plans for climate justice movements to mobilise in the run up to and during COP26.

Political Strategy: the Political Strategy Working Group is in charge of coordinating the Coalition’s demands and strategy relevant both to the “inside” policy arena and to the broader politics “outside” the negotiations.

The Coalition has also formed or is in the process of forming several caucuses, including a Trade Union caucus, Youth caucus, and People of Colour caucus. Source 

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