COP26 summit should take place face to face, insists George Eustice

Ministers today batted away calls for a significant environment change summit to be held over Zoom instead of face to face in the UK.

Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted the Cop26 conference – due to take place in Glasgow in November – will be ‘far more effective’ if people physically participate in.

The event had been delayed from November last year due to the pandemic But there has been growing pressure for it to take place essentially.

Environment activist Greta Thunberg has actually said she does not plan to participate in the Glasgow occasion and recommended it be postponed again since of coronavirus.

Mr Eustice told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘Well, we believe it must be performed in person, physically.

Environment activist Greta Thunberg (left) has actually said she does not plan to participate in the Glasgow occasion being managed by Alok Sharma (ideal) and recommended it be put off again since of the pandemic.

‘ There is a Police officer secretariat or a Cop bureau that eventually makes these final decisions however they do so in really close co-operation with the host country.

‘ We postponed it certainly last year since we desired it to happen personally. I think it’s far more efficient if it does happen face to face and that’s absolutely our intent.

‘ There may be parts of it that are part-virtual that some people go to essentially but we think for the primary leader summit that it takes place face to face and that’s our objective.’

His remarks echo those made by Cop President Alok Sharma, who said last week the Federal government is ‘working very hard’ to guarantee the conference can go ahead personally.

The top is expected to bring together the largest gathering of presidents ever hosted in the UK, together with environment specialists and campaigners, to agree a co-ordinated worldwide action plan to tackle the climate emergency situation.

No 10 has stated the UK is ‘utilizing all global opportunities’ to ask every nation to set enthusiastic emission-reducing targets in order to reach net zero carbon output by the middle of the century.

It comes as worldwide leaders are to take part in a virtual two-day summit on environment modification from April 22 headed by United States president Joe Biden.

Mr Sharma, the Prime Minister’s climate change tsar, will take a trip to Japan today to reinforce assistance ahead of the environment conference.

He is set to meet Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga to promote for strong environment policies and call on him to follow the UK’s lead in phasing out coal power.

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