COP26 and saving the planet
What is COP26?
If you have been keeping an eye on the news, you would have probably heard of the ‘26th session of the Conference of the Parties,’ shortened to COP26.
It’s one of the world’s most important international conferences that began in 1995 in Berlin. It is an annual event and this year marks the 26th gathering. This year it was hosted by the UK Government in Glasgow from 31st of October until the 12th of November.
This year roughly 30,000 negotiators, scientists, businesspeople, activists and policy makers attended, including Boris Johnson, Sir David Attenborough, Her Majesty the Queen, Pope Francis and Greta Thunberg.
In simple terms, COP26 is a battle against climate change.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The temperature of the planet is rising due to the amount of green house gases we are producing, this is causing a devastating impact on our planet and us.
Climate change creates a huge impact on crop growth and human health and has made many people leave their homes. As the temperature of our planet rises, sea levels are also rising and the rainfall patterns are changing, this leads to heatwaves, droughts, floods and fires.
The ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’ in in place to tackle these impacts.
This was an agreement made by 197 countries to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangers of climate change. COP26 is the main decision-making body of this framework put in place.
At the conference many countries come together to discuss how climate change will be tackled and then agree on global and national targets.
The main goals of COP26 are to work together to reach net zero carbon emissions, protect communities and natural habitats and mobilize finances.
Everything got put on standstill during the covid19 pandemic, but climate change continued, it is the ultimate threat to all of us. COP26 is in place to tackle this, to make a brighter and greener, low-carbon future.
Already countries are taking necessary steps to ensure this, making cleaner energy such as wind and solar the cheapest electricity option, making agriculture most sustainable, stopping the manufacturing of petrol or diesel vehicles and changing them to electric or hybrid, putting an end to deforestation and making poorer countries most financially stable.
What is the UK doing?
The UK was the first country to pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, aiming to completely stop the use of coal power by 2024 and end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.
At COP26, the UK has pledged to:
- End deforestation by 2030
- Shift away from using coal as energy and move to more environmentally friendly energy sources such as wind and solar.
- Reduce methane emissions
- Net zero emissions by 2050
- Aim for 75% of farmers to adopt low-carbon practices by 2030.
- To speed up affordable, clean technology by 2030 including zero-emissions vehicles.
Overall, over 130 countries have pledged to stop and reverse deforestation by 2030, Russia and Brazil, who cover 30% of the worlds total land covered by forest are amongst the 130 who pledged, however India, Bolivia, and Venezuela did not, these are in the top 20 countries with the largest percentage of land area covered by forest.
More than 40 countries pledged to shift away from using coal as energy. However, China was not on the list and they were responsible for 54% of global coal consumption last year.
Over 100 countries pledged to reduce methane emissions, methane is considered worse than carbon dioxide as it can trap heat in the atmosphere. The top 3 methane emitters, China, Russia and India, did not sign the deal.
More than 137 countries pledged to commit to net zero emissions.
A quote from the UKs prime minister;
“Securing a brighter future for our children and future generations requires
countries to take urgent action at home and abroad to turn the tide on climate
change. It is with ambition, courage and collaboration as we approach the
crucial COP26 summit in the UK that we can seize this moment together, so
we can recover cleaner, rebuild greener and restore our planet.”
How Green Machine Computers are helping in the battle against climate change
Since 2011 Green Machine Computers have been collecting, recycling and refurbishing tech.
Their mission is to stop tech going to landfill and reduce the amount of CO2 that is produced from manufacturing tech.
Green Machine Computers aim to reuse all the components from the tech they collect, unless the components are too outdated or broken. If the components cannot be used they are placed in to a skip and sent to a metal refiners, so everything is recycled in the correct way.
Manufacturing a brand new computer produces roughly 180kg of co2 emissions plus uses a lot of resources. When Green Machine computers refurbishes the tech they collect, they are reducing the amount of CO2 produced and use resources that are already available, plus extending the life of someone’s unwanted tech by roughly 3 years.
A lot of refurbished tech is donated to schools and charities, but some are also sold on their website.
To do your part in stopping climate change, the next time you are looking to buy yourself a new piece of tech, consider buying refurbished instead of brand new and reduce your carbon footprint!
Do your part to recycle and create a greener future.
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