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.

At the same time, the impact of the climate crisis has accelerated with extreme weather events in many parts of the world during 2022 – including the floods in Pakistan, the hottest summer in Europe in 500 years, heatwaves in India and China, severe drought in the Horn of Africa and wildfires in California. Each of these events on their own represents suffering and destruction on a massive scale, but taken together are an alarming escalation of the climate emergency and a frightening glimpse of what lies ahead if we fail to take urgent action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Nature is giving us a final warning which we ignore at our peril – what we are now seeing is the beginning of climate breakdown which has consequences for all life on earth.

This briefing covers five key topics or questions:

  • UN Emissions Gap Report 2022
  • Human Rights in Egypt
  • What do we want to happen at COP27?
  • What is at stake?
  • What can we do?

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