Over the last two weeks, leaders from across the globe came together at COP26 to accelerate action towards climate change.
At this widely anticipated event, they hoped to make real progress in the journey towards net zero carbon emissions and keeping global warming below 1.5ºC.
On the first day of COP26, the representatives in attendance were shown a truly powerful video about the impact of climate change and how it’s destroying our planet. It is chilling yet hopeful, showing both the damage of climate change but also the beauty of nature. If you missed it, you can watch the Earth to COP video here.
Our leaders set out to achieve a number of things, including:
- To secure net zero by 2050, with ambitious targets being met by 2030.
- To adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.
- To mobilise finance with developed countries making good on their promise to mobilise at least $100bn in climate finance per year.
- To work together to rise to the challenges of the climate crisis.
Only time will tell whether we will reach these targets and secure our future.
As you will have guessed, the environment is, and always will be, an important topic here at Crowdfunder. Every single one of us must make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. After all, we do only have one planet. Earlier this year, we launched #BackTheFuture, a campaign to support those who want to find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. If you’ve got your own idea to #BackTheFuture, now is the time to get going on your project!
During COP26, we’ve been championing environmental projects on our social media to promote the incredible things they’re doing for our world and its inhabitants. Together, we can make a difference.
We’ve compiled a few of them below.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture are working towards their vision of a vast network of rewilded land and water across Scotland, where wildlife flourishes and people thrive. They want to accelerate ecological recovery for nature and our climate by restoring peatlands, establishing flower-rich meadows, creating new woodlands, revitalising rivers and so much more.
You can help them here!
Seaspiracy: 30 by 30
PEOPLE POWER: Filmmaker Ali Tabrizi followed his visit to the G7 in Cornwall back in June with a trip to Glasgow, urging our world leaders to ‘wake up’ at COP26 with a striking campaign made possible through Crowdfunder.
Tabrizi established an international platform for his ’30 by 30′ campaign through the release of his hard-hitting Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, and took to the streets in Scotland, broadcasting a short film with the use of a digital advertising van over the course of six days.
The fight to save our oceans continues.
The Mermaid, the Otter and the Big Poo.
Dressed as a mermaid, Lindsey Cole has been swimming the Bristol Avon to investigate what’s going on in our rivers and to see if she could find any otters. If that wasn’t enough, she did it all while towing a big poo. Yes, you read that right! She wanted to bring attention to the amount of human waste in our rivers and the decline of our wildlife.
Throughout her journey, she brought along a film crew to put together a 17 minute long documentary which she aims to take to schools and festivals to share her story, teach people about the problem, and inspire them to help end river pollution.
To get this film produced, she needs the help of the crowd.
Every year, oil and gas companies spend over £150m lobbying politicians to block new legislation on climate action. With your support, Zero Hour will highlight the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill—a new UK law for a serious plan to end emissions, restore nature and help save the planet.
Your donations will fund a small team of full-time core staff, billboards and an advertising budget, community action meetings across the country, and publications, posters and printouts.
Formed in 2013 by three like-minded individuals, Project Seagrass is an environmental charity with a goal to conserve seagrass ecosystems through education, research and action.
By growing and developing the UK’s first large scale seagrass nursery, the team will be able to cultivate and harvest seeds for their restoration projects on a much larger scale.
Young Climate Warriors
According to the BBC, 3/4 of children are worried about the state of our planet. Seeing the gap in extra-curricular activities and engaging resources on climate change, particularly for 7-14 year olds, Katrina Judge set up Young Climate Warriors. This charity aims to empower children with age-appropriate carbon-busting activities and ready-to-use resources.
With your support they aim to reach even more children, teachers and families.
Feeling inspired by these incredible projects and want to start your own? Check out #BackTheFuture today and together we can change the world.