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Next month, government officials from all over the world will gather in Glasgow for the Cop26 climate conference to agree not on how to avoid global warming (it’s too late for that) but to try to find ways to limit the damage we suffer. to live with, and with which our children will live.

The conference, delayed for a year due to Covid, is the first opportunity since leaders met in Paris in 2015 to strike a deal on how their countries can limit emissions.

The gardians Georges monbiot is a veteran of climate conferences and tells Michel Safi that, although its expectations are low, the only way the planet can avoid disaster is to accept sweeping and far-reaching changes in our way of life.

Following the failure of a meaningful agreement at the Copenhagen conference in 2009, Christiana Figueres was given the post of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and tasked with concluding an agreement in Paris. She tells Michael that in order to get a deal that anyone can sign, you have to consider every angle and go through every detail, right down to the size of the room and the shape of the tables.

To people around the world who feel powerless in the face of governments too slow to act, Monbiot has three words: “Mobilize, mobilize, mobilize.”

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