U-Earth was lucky enough to be at COP26 and watched a host of amazing, inspirational speeches from some of the world’s most influential speakers on climate change. We’ve selected our favourites so that you don’t have to. Enjoy!
Sir David Attenborough
Influential speakers on climate change don’t come much bigger than Sir David Attenborough. Famed for his nature documentaries across the world, he spoke passionately about the governments in the room to do something about global warming before it’s too late.
Maria Neira (Director of Public Health and the Environmental Department at World Health Organization) and Rosamund Kissi-Debrah
The World Health Organization has a venue at COP26 called the WHO Health Pavilion, where numerous interesting talks are held. U-Earth’s Rosaria Erika-Pileci felt that Maria Neira’s talk with Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, a campaigner whose daughter died due to air pollution in London, was a particular highlight of the event (and we've timestamped it for you!)
Who can forget former Vice President Al Gore’s hugely successful Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth? Amazingly it’s been 15 years since the film’s release, but Al Gore is no less passionate today as he delivers a blistering address to his audience in Glasgow.
Mia Amor Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados)
“Try harder,” was the message from Mia Amor Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados. Defending small island nations that are at risk from rising sea levels, she provided a heartfelt, moving speech to everyone in the room. “Will they mourn us on the front line?” she asked, as she spoke at the Opening of the World Leaders Summit at COP26.
Vinisha Umashankar is a tenth grade student from rural India who invented the Solar Ironing Cart. An innovator, environmentalist and public speaker, Vinisha is excellent proof that influential speakers on climate change don’t all have to have years of experience!
"Energy, Air Pollution and Health"
It isn’t just about the big speakers at COP26! The full programme has events going on throughout the city, as Rosaria discovered when she sat down to watch a panel on Energy, Air Pollution and Health. Ultimately it isn’t just about the headline numbers that reach the media but the impact of climate change can have far reaching effects on everybody on the planet. It certainly makes you think!
"The Impact of Air Pollution in the Face of Climate Change, and the Role of Companies in Contributing Better Air."
The Alliance for Clean Air was launched on day 2 of COP26 and this panel talking about improving air quality and holding companies accountable was particularly enlightening. A choice quote at the beginning of the session notes that, “We have a world committed to net zero by 2050 but we have nowhere near the ambition in air pollution mitigation and we have got to catch up.”
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