Special Climate Series: The Road to COP26

The Road to COP26 is a series of short essays from amazing people in our Planet Forward community. 

Some of these authors are attending COP. Some aren't. Some have high hopes for progress and success. Some are... less optimistic about the potential success of the proceedings.

But they all are goal-oriented. And we all ultimately want to see solutions — plans for action, deals made, achievable targets set.

Let's see what they have to say. Follow along here with new posts daily, leading up to COP 26, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 12.

How do you move the Planet Forward? Tweet us @planet_forward or contribute to the conversation with your own story.

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Silhouette of a woman waving a scarf in the sky against the backdrop of a cloudy sky at sunset.

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George Washington University
The Road to COP26 |  I hope decision makers will finally hear and amplify the voices of those most affected by the climate crisis—from coastal communities to youth activists to Indigenous environmental defenders.

As of 2020, the population of piping plovers has improved after being protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1986. (Mathew Schwartz/Unsplash)

Professor, University of Connecticut
The Road to COP26 | The students who join us at COP26 have enthusiasm and determination that are contagious. We'll be looking for "win-win-win solutions at COP26 that can address all three crises."

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President, American Conservation Coalition
The Road to COP26 | At COP26, the American Conservation Coalition will host the first-ever Global Conservative Climate Summit, showcasing conservative leadership on environmental issues.
In a crowd of people in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., a sign reads: "Planet BEFORE Profit: change the politics, not the CLIMATE!"

Protesters at a 2019 climate march in Washington, D.C. (Victoria Middleton/Planet Forward)

Digital Content Editor, Planet Forward
The Road to COP26 | You often hear conversations about how to convert climate change deniers into science believers. Yet I don’t see a cultural struggle for “hearts and minds,” but a material struggle for power.
Glasgow university, with a distinctive central spire, is seen from the air, with a cluster of trees turning autumnal colors in the foreground

As researchers, we're focused on how to connect our university to our local communities. How might Glasgow University, shown here, connect with the community around it? (Ian Dick/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

Research Director for Sustainable GW | George Washington University
The Road to COP26 | As student and faculty representatives at COP26, GW senior Jane Barkholz and Dr. Robert Orttung aim to connect the university to the broader community taking action to address climate change.

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Executive Director, Global Council for Science and the Environment
The Road to COP26 | The head of the Global Council for Science and the Environment is going to COP26 to ensure that science is included in "deliberations, negotiations, and decisions that are rigorous and durable."
Foaming tide upon a sandy shore.

Cayo Costa Island, Florida (James St. John/Flickr).

American Conservation Coalition
The Road to COP26 | There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to climate change. That’s why we need a market-based, innovative approach that focuses on issues in a local context.

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SUNY-ESF Chief Sustainability Officer
The Road to COP26 | "It was with resolve that I started to work on climate-related issues, although I didn’t know at the time I was focused on what was an emerging existential crisis."

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Planet Forward Advisory Council | Holland & Knight
The Road to COP26 | Despite the challenging circumstances, continuing these international climate change negotiations remains essential to move the planet forward — and this COP meeting will be an important one.

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Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
The stories we tell matter. They can bring us together or tear us apart. The stories that come from Glasgow will inevitably highlight conflict and tension, setback and adversity. But it’s vital to find the subplots that reveal solutions, too.