What is COP26 and why does it matter? Find out at our free online discussion

Have you heard about the climate change conference, COP26, and would like to learn more about what it’s for and why it matters? Three expert speakers will explain at a free online public meeting on Wednesday October 13.

The meeting – from 7.30pm-9pm – is open to everyone and there will be opportunities to ask questions. Register here to attend: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cop26-time-for-real-action-our-final-chance-for-climate-justice

People who register but can’t make it on the night will be sent a recording of the event to watch another time.

This will be the latest in Stroud District Green Party’s regular Cloud Café discussion forums, which address a wide variety of topics related to the environment and social justice. Elizabeth Lee, event coordinator, said: “People are waking up to the fact that climate change appears to have accelerated far faster than predicted. We must act. This could be our final chance for climate justice.”

COP26 is the 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties, taking place from November 1-12 in Glasgow. Governments, NGOs, trade unions, businesses, and others with an interest in the environment will meet to negotiate global action to prevent further worsening of the climate emergency. 

The speakers

Pär Holmgren is a meteorologist and climate expert who has been a member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna) since 2019. In the Parliament, Pär Holmgren is a member of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), as well as substitute member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and the Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN). He also chairs the Climate working group within the Greens/EFA. 
A former Captain in the Swedish Air Force, Pär is a meteorologist on Swedish television. For many years he has been an advocate for climate issues. He has been named Sweden’s Environmental Hero and holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University.

Richard Lancaster is a Greenpeace activist who spends much of his free time campaigning and speaking about the environment to schools, colleges, companies, community and faith groups.

Rod Nelson is an environmental activist who was a delegate at the 2017 COP23 summit in Bonn. He will explain the purpose behind COP26, how it works and who will be there.