To be effective, global action on climate change must be just. That means compensating Indigenous people, but also learning from them, writes Graham Lawton
17 November 2021
MY FIRST few days at the COP26 climate summit felt like an extended metaphor for the state of the planet. I was due to arrive on Sunday, but my train was cancelled because of extreme weather. When I finally got there, chaos reigned and tragedies of the commons were playing out.
The venue in Glasgow, UK, was so overpopulated that accessing sessions was all but impossible. Chairs, tables and wall sockets had sprouted what looked like shanty towns around them as delegates fought to corner scarce resources. Food outlets ran short, bins overflowed and tempers frayed.
But these problems were …