In solidarity with those on the front line of the climate crisis, Peace Boat will participate in COP26, the upcoming annual United Nations Climate Change conference to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from November 1-12, 2021. COP26 will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“Thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media will gather at COP 26 to advance climate action. The world will be watching and demanding that national leaders rise to the moment, given the mounting climate crisis and far-reaching consequences for a livable future” ~ United Nations
Peace Boat and Ecoship will participate in this year’s conference, partnering with other civil society organizations to call for increased ambition on climate action, participating in events in the UNFCCC administered Blue Zone, in public areas of the city of Glasgow, and virtually with a booth at the COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavillion.
With 38 years experience organizing educational voyages onboard passenger ships, at COP26 Peace Boat will highlight the role the maritime sector must play in addressing the climate emergency. Peace Boat will demonstrate its Ecoship as a transition model for decarbonizing maritime transport through energy efficiency and renewable energies. A total of 6,000 m2 of solar panels will cover 100% of the ship’s lighting needs and Ecoship will be fitted with 10 retractable sails with flexible solar panels demonstrating possibilities for the global energy transition. Ecoship will sail for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and be the future platform for Peace Boat voyages with onboard educational programs, green exhibitions and advocacy for climate action.
Peace Boat has been working to promote climate action and build momentum toward COP26 through education and capacity building including through the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme and online programming for youth on the front lines of the climate emergency during the pandemic.
Nathalia Lawen, a youth climate leader from the Seychelles will join Peace Boat at COP26. In 2019, Nathalia was one of Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, a programme that brings youth leaders from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the front line of climate change and marine degradation to travel onboard Peace Boat’s ship, engaging in capacity building and bringing their message to citizens and government representatives through the voyage. Launched at the Ocean Conference at the United Nations in 2017, and recognized officially by the COP23 Presidency, the program continues to give youth a voice to share their testimonies on the global stage.
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