Debate Night audience member tells politicians to 'seize moment'
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A BBC audience member implored politicians to “seize the moment” of Cop26 and forget about “infighting” to deal with climate change properly, saying “this is the future of our children and our children’s children”. Delegates and leaders from around the world are to meet in Glasgow for the climate summit from this Sunday.
Speaking from the auditorium, the BBC Debate Night audience member said: “So the most important job that I have is a mother to four, and am a grandmother to two.
“So this is about their future – COP26.
“So you this isn’t about us sitting in this room.
“We’re all going to be dead in, I don’t know, 40, 50..”
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Some audience members burst out laughing at this comment.
She continued: “You know, we are all going to be dead. That’s the reality.
“This is the future of our children and our children’s children.
“And this is the chance so forget your infighting, you know, and forget your backstabbing.
“I was gonna swear I’m not allowed to swear.”
The host said: “Well done.”
She continued: “It’s nonsense. This is the moment.
“So who cares if somebody is late for their work because of a train. This is the moment we have to seize it!”
Up to 30,000 delegates are set to descend on Glasgow for COP26, which runs from Sunday to 14 November – however representatives from China and Russia, two of the world’s greatest polluters, are not expected to attend.
Asked if Cop26 could succeed without Russia and China, Sir Patrick Vallance said: “That’s into the political space.
“(But) there is a remarkable amount of alignment around what needs to be done and the key thing is going forward, governments need specific plans and those plans need to be evidence-based.
“That’s going to require collaboration across nations, it’s going to require scientific input to all of that, and it’s going to require capacity building in science-technology in countries that currently may not have the capacity to deal with this.
“And it’s going to need listening to indigenous voices as well for some solutions that may be very relevant locally or indeed more broadly.
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