Representatives from countries around the world some twenty thousand diplomats, business executives, activists, and world leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the latest round of climate talks—the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26) from October 31 to November 12, 2021, for a green recovery from the pandemic. Because climate change ultimately threatens life on earth. 

COP26 is the first time since the Paris Agreement that more than one hundred countries are revisiting their voluntary commitments known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the accord. 

It will be Turkey’s first COP after ratifying the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep the global average temperature from rising by 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels and prevent it from reaching 2°C (3.6°F) above.

The conference comes as greenhouse gas emissions and global temperatures reached historic levels, fueling unprecedented disasters worldwide, including intense wildfires during past summer.  

Because according to  a UN assessment released in August the world has already warmed 1.1°C, and that warming will exceed 1.5°C within the next two decades. 

Scientists and UN officials have warned that if governments don’t take drastic action to reduce emissions immediately, much of the world will suffer climate catastrophes, such as devastating sea-level rise, longer and more intense heat waves, wildfires, pandemics and widespread species loss, among other consequences.

All eyes are on whether negotiators can make progress on issues such as climate finance, coal use, methane emissions, climate finance and carbon markets and raise awareness for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A sustainable green recovery plan from the pandemic, necessitates understanding the links between climate change, health, and inequality; and implementing ambitious climate change policies, which align with the Paris agreement.

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The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

More important than ever, these goals provide a critical framework for a COVID-19 green recovery. My Net Zero and Art in the Time of Corona 8 – Space Solar Recovery Roses Art Shows which is on exhibit at four COP26 art websites, reflect these themes.

These art shows were selected in numerous UN Art Contests and published in the 2021 United Nations Guide as well as exhibited at Climate Week New York, CIMUSET, CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change and Solidarity Shows COVID-19 by World Health Organization (WHO) & Create 2030” explained artist Selva Ozelli.

Art Shows by Selva Ozelli for COP26: includes Africa Adaptation Art Show of Turkish Artists Serife Akkan, Semine Hazar, Fatma Kadir, Mehmet Kuran, Selva Ozelli and Ilhan Sayin.

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