events at UN COP 26

October 27, 2021

Topics include Amazon rainforest, local government climate policies, biomass as false climate solution, and more

GLASGOW — North America-based environmental advocacy organization is participating in several virtual and in-person events at COP 26 related to its campaigns to protect the Amazon rainforest, local governments’ role in climate change policymaking, biomass as a false climate solution, and sustainability in the fashion sector. The events include press conferences with Indigenous leaders, panels with elected officials, and webinars with oil and gas trade finance experts. COP 26 runs from 31 October to 12 November, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.

This information is subject to change and will be regularly updated on this page.

Panel: “How Fossil Fuels are the Backbone of Fast Fashion” with Changing Markets

  • When: Tuesday, 2 November, 5-7 p.m. GMT
  • What: Panel will discuss how fossil fuels are the backbone of the fast fashion industry through skyrocketing use of synthetic fibers like polyester, and will call out 20 of the world’s top fashion CEOs for their increasing reliance on fossil fuels. Event will include premiere of Changing Market’s new campaign film shedding light on fashion’s consumption of fossil fuels.
  • Where: In person: Corinthian Club, the Langley Room
  • Who: Panelists will include Muhannad Malas, Senior Climate Campaigner,, as well as representatives from Changing Markets.
  • RSVP: If you would like to attend, please contact

Press conference: Amazon rainforest has reached its tipping point

  • This event has been canceled and incorporated into the webinar below.

Webinar: “Amazonia for Life: Protect 80% by 2025” initiative (online only)

  • When: Wednesday, 3 November, 3-4:30 p.m. GMT
  • What: New research from the “Amazonia for Life: Protect 80% by 2025” initiative and a team of experts from Amazon Geo-referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) reveals that the current state of deterioration in the Amazon rainforest places it at the tipping point, due to the combination of forest degradation, recurrence of fires, and deforestation. Participants will present priorities for protecting key priority areas, draw attention to why Indigenous peoples play an important role in the fight against deforestation, and call on the nine governments that comprise Amazon countries to take measures to protect and recover 80% of the world’s largest rainforest basin.
  • Where: Online: 
  • Who: Panelists include Alicia Guzman, Amazon Advisor,; Dr. Carlos Nobre, Co Chair, Science Panel for the Amazon; José Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, General Coordinator, Congress of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA); Marlene Quintanilla, Director of Research and Knowledge Management, Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FUN); Mauricio Mireles, Policy Officer, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO LAC); andAmazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio Environmental Information (RASIG).

Event: “How can Renewable Energy accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Agenda, Just Transition and Inclusion?”

  • When: Thursday, 4 November, 12-3 p.m. GMT
  • What: High-Level Climate Champions and Marrakech Partnership programme presents this “Energy Action Event” that includes a fireside chat from 2:25-4:45 p.m. on renewable energy hosted by’s Tzeporah Berman, looking at systemic change as both a technical matter and about looking after people, and examines the energy transition from the perspective of just transition and inclusion.
  • Where: Action Room 1, Hydro area
  • Who: Moderated by Tzeporah Berman, International Program Director at and Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, with guests including Ben Backwell, General Secretary, Global Wind Energy Council; Irene Karani, Africa Director, Children Investment Fund Foundation; and Anne Beathe Kristiansen Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development, Norway.

Press briefing: Amazon Oil & Gas Exit Strategy

  • When: Thursday, 4 November, 12:30-1 p.m. GMT
  • What: This press briefing will present the new “Exit Amazon Oil & Gas” campaign and exclusion policy calling for global banks to end oil and gas financing in order to help protect the Amazon rainforest. Panelists will also discuss the inequitable process at COP related to the debt owed by the global north to the global south; and discuss why JP Morgan Chase and UBS are two of the worst actors in the Amazon.
  • Where: In person: Press Conference Room Durdle Door East Lomond Suite
  • Who: Panelists include representatives from, Amazon Watch, and the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP).

Press Conference: Beyond Burning, Beyond Biomass: Forest-based Bioenergy as a False Climate Solution

  • When: Saturday, 6 November, 9:30 a.m. GMT
  • What: Panel discussion on new research condemning the destruction of primary forests and threats to biodiversity with Drax expansion in British Columbia, Canada and abroad. Panelists will connect the dots between neoliberal colonial carbon accounting and how it prioritizes polluters, not people.
  • Where: In person: Press conference room Durdle Door East Lomond Suite
  • Who: Panelists include Tegan Hansen and Maya Menezes, Forest Campaigners,; as well as representatives from Biofuelwatch, Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA), and Environmental Paper Network.

Panel: “Cities Leading the Essential Phase Out of Oil, Gas and Coal” — SAFE Cities and Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty at the People’s Summit (online only)

  • When: Tuesday, 9 November, 4:15-5:45 p.m. GMT
  • What: Cities can play a catalytic role in building momentum for a global just transition away from coal, oil and gas. Hear from campaigners and councillors around the world who are actively campaigning or have successfully passed resolutions for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and SAFE Cities policies to phase-out fossil fuels, and fast-track clean energy solutions, and learn how you can inspire your own city to join the movement.
  • Where: Online: RSVP here to receive Zoom info:
  • Who: Panelists include Seble Samuel, Global Cities Campaign Lead, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (moderator); Logan McIntosh, SAFE Cities Campaign Director,; Hanna Johansson, Friends of the Earth Sweden; Hannah Copley, Greens Councillor, Cambridge, England; and other local government representatives.


Media contacts:
Virginia Cleaveland, U.S. Media Director,, +1 510 858 9902, (in North America)
Ziona Eyob, Canada Media Director,, +1 604 757 7279, (in Glasgow)