5 stories heard in the Nature’s Newsroom
COP26 is almost drawing to a close and it’s been a whirlwind of announcements and rich discussions overheard in the Blue Zone over the last couple of weeks. While the Pavilions Hall has seen some incredible open discussions, a small studio built at the Nature Zone has seen – and heard – an inside scoop on the overall impressions our distinguished guests from around the planet have been getting as negotiations advance. Over the last eight days, more than 100 interviews were performed behind those glass walls and streamed to broadcasters worldwide. If you’ve missed some of them, don’t despair. We had religious leaders speaking, ministers, musicians and so much more. While almost impossible to select, here’s a small section re nature’s role in COP 26, captured in the Nature’s Newsroom.
1. ‘The Global South is here’
In this panel discussion, the Director for Climate Negotiations World Resources Institute, Yamide Dagnet, the CEO of the Global Environment Facility Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, and the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at WRI, Wanjira Mathai reflect on the challenges to achieve consensus during the COP 26 negotiations while still celebrating diversity.
2. ‘It’s like a mosaic of green interventions’
Dr. Elvis Tangem, coordinator for the great green wall initiative paints the landscape of what the Great Green Wall Initiative can do to increase resilience of african countries against the effects of climate change in this engaging conversation with the director for Environmental science at Partnerships for Change, Alphonce Munyao Muia.
3. ‘It’s not about direction of travel anymore, it’s the pace of change’
The director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Johan Rockström, explains the science behind climate targets in this informative but pressing discussion for the Nature’s Newsroom.
4. ‘We’re seeing a resolve for practical action’
Nigel Topping, the United Nations’s High-Level Climate Action Champion, reflects on the major financial commitments announced and the overall feeling about climate negotiations being held in Glasgow for COP 26.
5. ‘Ocean action is climate action’
High Seas Youth Ambassador from Nigeria Oluhwaseyi Moejo explains how increasing climate action to protect the oceans and coastal areas is key to achieving the climate targets across seas – and land.