People marching at the #March4Women march for gender equality and climate justice in central London on International Women’s Day.

Why was COP 26 so crucial to the fight against climate change?

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. 

It is estimated that climate change may push an additional 132 million people into poverty by 2030. The time to act is now.  

Climate change poses the greatest threat to the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the global South, particularly women and girls, and people living in poverty. By working and advocating for inclusive, just and gender-transformative climate policies and actions, CARE aims to have the biggest impact and to strengthen the resilience and voices of those on the frontlines of the climate emergency.

What did CARE do at COP 26?

We spoke up

  • CARE colleagues and spokespeople from the UK, Malawi, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, Denmark and France attended the conference in Glasgow. 
  • Join us in conversation on a range of topics including: climate finance for the most vulnerable, gender-responsive climate action and adaptation, local women leaders. See the full schedule of events.

Find out what our team is up to by following us on Twitter.

We joined forces

  • As part of the Crack the Crises coalition we sent an open letter, signed by Annie Lennox, Helen Pankhurst, Lemn Sissay and over 50 others, to COP26 President Elect Alok Sharma, demanding the government take urgent action to support women and girls as leaders and frontline responders.
  • We signed an open letter, alongside more than 300 civil society organisations, to Alok Sharma and other world leaders demanding that COP26 urgently commit to deliver finance on loss and damage.   

We passed the mic

We worked to raise up the voices of those living closest to the climate emergency and already tackling the worst of its impacts on our social channels throughout the duration of the conference.

  • We asked women all over the world what they wanted to say at COP26 if they could be there and this is what they said. View the video on Twitter! 
  • We shared a Follow of the Day every day of COP to shine a light on female activists demanding action in their countries. Check out all the brillian climate champions on Instagram
Fanta, from Mali, is adopting climate resistant farming practices to protect her family and community.

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What action did CARE demand from world leaders?

Finance for climate justice

​At the very least, wealthy countries have to deliver on their decade-old pledge of $100 billion annually, with 50% going to adaptation.

Stay within a global temperature increase of 1.5°C

Shift to net zero emissions as soon as possible in line with the 1.5°C limit of the Paris Agreement.

Gender Justice

​Increase efforts to integrate gender equality across all climate measures and send funding to local women-led and women’s rights organisations working to tackle climate change.

Gender-transformative adaptation

​Invest technical and financial support to accelerate gender-transformative climate action and decision-making. These are projects that support people in adapting to climate change that also work towards empowering women and girls and upholding their rights. This should include promoting women’s and girls’ leadership in climate action.

Tackle climate loss and damage

​Many countries and communities have already experienced irreversible devastation due to the climate crisis, or will do in the future. COP26 must advance progress to provide finance to address these impacts. 



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