The COP25 United Nations climate summit in Madrid ended in failure, after negotiators failed to agree to a deal that would limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scores of civil society groups condemned governments in the European Union, Australia, Canada and the U.S. for a deal that requires far less action than needed to avert catastrophic climate change.
Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, was in Madrid for COP25 and will be at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. He says next year will be a “make or break” moment for the climate. “I think, genuinely, people will ask themselves after COP26, if it doesn’t deliver the ambition: What is that U.N. process for?”