Dr Chris Myers, Environment Lead for the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council has prepared the following briefing on the ‘Hopes and Concerns for COP27’.
COP27, the annual climate change conference organised by the UN will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 6 – 18. The stakes could not be higher. COP27 will take place against a complex and challenging backdrop: Putin’s war against Ukraine has not only left millions facing acute hunger, but the heavy dependence on Russian energy sources, especially gas, has plunged Europe into an energy crisis which some countries (including the UK!) are using as an excuse to reinvest in fossil fuels, instead of focusing on renewables. Countries also face severe economic challenges as they attempt to recover from the Covid pandemic.