Migration and COP26

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021

COP26 related Events – see below

Amal meets Storm at COP26

The Walk updated 15 November at 18:17  · Migrant justice = Climate justice. Little Amal visited @cop26uk last week to stand alongside young changemakers who brought their powerful voices to the conference to demand change.Standing alongside the young Samoan activist @briannafruean, Amal opened the Gender Day plenary as Brianna highlighted the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on girls and women from the global south.Afterwards, Amal met young activists in the heart of the COP26 blue zone beneath the hanging globe…🌍📷 @cop26uk / Douglas Robertson


11 November 2021: The author, of this article, Cryton Chikoko is a Migrant Voice community researcher and founder of Equanicity, a media platform advocating for equality in the UK.

Do It Now Now: Black communities hit the hardest by the climate crisis

​The historical lack of diversity in the climate change activism space creates a self-perpetuating inaccessibility that dissuades Black community leaders from entering a conversation that is shaping the health and wealth of the Black community the UK or abroad. The lack of Black voices at global climate change summit, COP26, tells a chilling story of exclusion, oversight and erasure. In an effort to aid intersectional thinking on this subject, Do it Now Now invited researcher Cryton Chikoko to examine the impact of climate change on Black communities in this post.

In the UK, the climate crisis overwhelmingly affects the Black people who predominately live in urban areas and are most in need of climate responsible regeneration and support. Despite being the least responsible for climate change; least likely to own a car, least likely to engage in air travel etc. Black communities are simultaneously more susceptible to the damage wrought by climate change and hit hardest by current measures to combat it. Those are some of the findings of the Inequality in a Future Wales report, led by Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, which examined the impact on equality of future trends such as climate change. The study has highlighted new challenges for Black people in the UK as world leaders gather at COP26 to discuss plans to address climate change.

[…] Climate change is a defining challenge of our times. We are not surprised that climate change unequally affects Black people. We have already seen how climate change is having a disproportionate impact on communities of colour in the global South as well as here in the UK. As COP26 draws to an end, the UK government must urgently re-examine climate mitigation policies, addressing the disadvantages to those who are most vulnerable. Climate change is an equality issue. Failing to address its impact through this lens, risks further entrenching economic, social, and medical divisions.

Read more: https://www.doitnownow.com/blog/black-communities-hit-the-hardest-by-the-climate-crisis

JWCI: Climate Justice is Migrant Justice – Together we Win! As world leaders gathered in Glasgow for COP26 in November 2021, on 11 November 2021, in the midst of the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow, campaigners at the forefront of these struggles came together for a lively discussion. JCWI was joined by fantastic speakers on the forefront of the struggle for climate, racial and migrant justice.

Flora, of All African Women’s Group, spoke about the disproportionate impact the climate crisis is having on racialised minorities and on women, and why this means those communities must be at the forefront of the struggle for justice. Angela Fonso, of Clean Air for Southall and Hayes, spoke about the impact of air pollution and gentrification on the minoritised community of London’s Southall, and the environmental racism her community is fighting. Yvonne Blake, of Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment, spoke about her work campaigning for freedom and justice, and why education is such a powerful tool for action. The event was chaired by the wonderful Karen Larbi, founder of POC in Nature.

The recording of the event is here:

Updated 11 November 2021: Guardian: Concern over letter advising asylum seekers not to join Cop26 protests

Recipients felt ‘threatened’ by letter from Mears, which is contracted to house asylum seekers in Glasgow

Concerns have been raised about a letter sent to thousands of asylum seekers in Glasgow advising them not to take part in policed protests during the Cop26 summit.

The letter was sent by the private housing provider Mears, which has the Home Office contract to house asylum seekers in the city, the UK’s largest dispersal area.

It warns recipients that there will be road closures, more visitors and an increased visibility of police officers in Glasgow during the conference. […]

On Thursday morning, grassroots immigrant support groups marched from Kenmure Street – where crowds prevented an immigration raid earlier this year – to the Home Office centre on the south side of the city, chanting “climate justice equals migrant justice”.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/11/asylum-seekers-advised-not-to-join-cop26-protests-letter-mears-glasgow

Open letter to heads of delegations of parties to UNFCCC COP26 – “Call for a Glasgow Emergency Pact at COP26

The Paris Agreement is in peril. 1.5 degrees will be crossed by 2030. We are out of time.

We need as many signatories across the board signing this open letter to heads of delegations of parties to UNFCCC COP26 calling for the establishment of a Glasgow Emergency Pact at COP26.

Please sign this in support of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, which represents the most climate vulnerable countries, for many of whom 1.5degrees is a death sentence.


The Walk: 9, 10 & 11 November Little Amal heads to Glasgow to find out who’s going to put the world together again…

Little Amal, a 3.5 metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, has just completed The Walk. All along her epic 8000km journey she met many other young people who, like her, have been forced to leave their homes by violence, persecution, war or poverty. Very often these circumstances have been caused, at least in part, by the climate crisis.

The enforced journey of young refugees like Amal is one of many ways in which the planet is swivelling off its axis. Ever more borders are drawn and walls are built but the climate crisis affects us all. It defies borders and leaps over all walls.

At COP26 Little Amal will discover new realities about the world by meeting changemakers from many of the countries she has visited: young people who embody and express the urgent need to take action to shape a better future.

Updated 10 November 2021: Novara Media – Cop26: Climate Justice Visions From the Global South

This year’s Cop26 has seen unprecedentedly low representation from the Global South. For many outside the West, vaccine apartheid, lack of funding and the UK’s border regime have placed prohibitive obstacles in the way of travelling to Glasgow.

Despite this, voices from the Global South are more vital than ever for finding a path through the climate crisis. Indigenous cosmologies counteract the West’s subjugation of nature; farmers’ struggles achieve international cooperation far in advance of Europe’s nationally-blinkered left. Those on the climate frontlines organise with an urgency and depth barely visible in the nations most responsible for our predicament.

Read more: https://novaramedia.com/2021/11/10/cop26-climate-justice-visions-from-the-global-south/

6 November 2021: Tandrina, representing the Status Now Network North West Regional Working Group, member of WAST and Manchester City of Sanctuary addresses the COP26 rally in St Peters Square Manchester today :

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RAPAR at the start of the climate justice march in Manchester today https://t.co/hT6gzfvQv6 https://twitter.com/raparuk/status/1456988726220005376?s=20
Filipino activists from Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, member of Status Now Network are in global action protest in Glasgow.
Global day of action for climate justice in Glasgow
Climate change demo Coventry

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Status Now leaflet: On COP 26

Solutions to this global crisis must move beyond man-made political borders.

The climate and biodiversity catastrophe that continues to compel the movements of people across these borders around the world can only stop when, in their turn, the UK Government and other Western states become compelled to abandon the drive for profit which underpins their wars and their immigration and public health policies. 

The Status Now Network (SNN) is comprised of people who, being without secure status, are among the most vulnerable, marginalised, and disempowered in our society, alongside indigenous people.  It includes many who have been forced, directly or indirectly, to flee to the Global North because of the ecological impact of climate change and bio-diversity destruction in their homelands. 

Through the pandemic, we have understood that essential changes must take place to create an alternative reality to that of the racism, hyper-nationalism and border securitisation we have seen during the pandemic, through under-resourced national lockdowns, heightened migration surveillance, the withholding of vaccine patents and unequal vaccine roll-outs.

Both intimate cooperation between governments to find solutions and a fundamental reconfiguration of the power and place of nation-states are necessary.  We are part of the solution.

You are very welcome to join us and grow our network between groups, organisations, individuals

The Status Now Network (SNN) does not use the word ‘amnesty’ – because of its implication of wrongdoing – but supports all actions to raise awareness about routes to regularisation.

The Status Now Network (SNN) calls for Indefinite Leave to Remain for all undocumented migrants and those in the legal process living in Britain and Ireland today. 

Download the StatusNow leaflet here:

Saturday 5 November 2021: Glasgow: Global Day for Climate Justice – Migrant Justice Block

Kanlungan Filipino Consortium is a signatory of Status Now: The Philippine Struggle to Climate Justice: Join us this Friday, 29 October 2021
“𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑘 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑠” 𝐴𝑚𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦 𝐼𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙, 2020.

Let’s root our struggle back home in ending the climate crisis. Join our upcoming forum “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲” where we would talk about the on-ground situation of the impacts of climate change in the Philippines and what ways we can contribute as citizens of Global North.

29 𝗢𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗕𝗘𝗥, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 – 𝟰𝗣𝗠𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝟮 𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗲𝗺𝗯𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝟭 𝗔𝘁𝗸𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗦𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗲, 𝗗𝗮𝗹𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗻, 𝗟𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗻, 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝟴 𝟭𝗙𝗔
To give an in-depth discussion we will be enjoined by our speakers:
Jon Bonifacio, environmental delegate of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/YACAPhilippines/?__tn__=kK*F&mc_cid=03165ca4f3&mc_eid=UNIQID) from Manila, represented our country at the COP26 in Glasgow in November. He is also the National Spokesperson of Saribuhay, a progressive youth environmental organisation.

He is also active in Fridays for Future International, ensuring that the stories of the Most Affected Peoples and Areas or MAPA are centred in the global fight for climate justice. As a graduate of molecular biology, he firmly believes in the importance of making science genuinely serve the people, particularly in the context of the climate crisis.
also, to give an in-depth situation of human and indigenous people’s rights in the country
We have Reywynx Morgado speaking live from Philippines and a member of Rural Missionary of The Philippines; Literacy and Numeracy Staff. A Journalist, Broadcaster, and a Writer. Rey has been a victim of political persecution in the country experience direct attacks under Duterte’s Regime.
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What is COP26: https://ukcop26.org/uk-presidency/what-is-a-cop/ The UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021