COP 26 enters its final week with expectations and watchful eyes from around the world. Brazil has been a talking point since the start, with two very different realities: on the one hand, the Brazil Climate Action Hub, which once again opened a space for Brazilian society to build and present pluralist proposals and debates regarding the climate agenda. Visitors included the photographer Sebastião Salgado, the former prime minister of Ireland Mary Robinson, numerous activists, signatory governors of the Governors for the Climate, as well as representatives from all sectors and actors of society. On the other hand, 100 meters away, the official pavilion of the government of Brazil, with no invitation to civil society, and which presents the same positions and information that is being questioned by scientists, technicians and activists.
“Brazil has always had a space created by the government at the COPs, with invitations and spaces for exchanges with civil society. COP 25, in Madrid, in 2019, was the first time that this did not happen. This is why many organizations joined together to create a space and to show the international community that they are engaged in confronting climate change. It is a pity that this year we have two spaces. Here, the door is open to everyone, including the government, with invitations to participate and to debate,” explains Ana Toni, executive director of iCS.
The Brazil Climate Action Hub was and is being made possible thanks to the support of a significant number of organizations and movements from different sectors of Brazilian society. The management of the initiative is performed by three institutions: the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS), the Institute for Environmental Research of the Amazon (IPAM) and the ClimaInfo Institute.
For example, within the Hub, there was the launch of the initiative Climate and Development: Visions for Brazil 2030 , and also the letter by young people from the Black Coalition for Rights movement and 250 other entities in defense of the ownership titles of the quilombola territories in Brazil. These and many other Brazilian young people and participants joined the enormous march called by the “Fridays for Future” movement of Greta Thunberg. G1 reports on the story .
Take the opportunity to follow the COP coverage and numerous high-quality panels at the Brazil Climate Action Hub .