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Given how little the COP conferences have achieved since they began in 1995 – not to mention their gigantic carbon footprints – it is time to end this spectacle of private jets flying in dignitaries and delegates to discuss the climate emergency.
Focusing our attention on attitudes towards climate change could help us take a valuable step back from potentially deadlocked ideological debates.
Fossil fuels were named as the problem at COP26. We’re no closer to eliminating them a year on.
Don’t expect much at this year’s COP27 than new pledges and promises. But if you hope for a Paris-style “Sharm El-Sheikh agreement”, you will be disappointed: countries are not doing what they have promised at previous COPs.