During the first two weeks of November 2021 the Glasgow 'Conference of the Parties' - COP 26, brought leaders from every country together in a united effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. Local not for profit organisation Wild Pear CIC felt that having the global climate summit here in the UK was an opportunity not to be missed, and with the support of a grant from SODC and many amazing volunteers, created Thame COP 26.
Thame COP 26 invited the 'parties' of Thame: businesses, schools, faith organisations and groups, to take united action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Over 50 organisations 'joined the parties' and committed to specific actions to reduce emissions and increase biodiversity. The first COP Social in March 2022 brought many of the parties together for the first time and was a roaring success. Thame COP also held a 'Changemaker Event' with Lord Williams School, and campaigned for a new environmental role at Thame Town Council, which is now is place. Chinnor COP, our sibling campaign in Thame's neighbouring village of Chinnor, has also begun and is gaining momentum.
Last year Wild Pear CIC secured a grant from 'Together for our Planet' to train COP researchers, and introduce justice issues into the campaign. This led to a COP 27 'Evening of Film and Conversation' in partnership with Hedgerley Wood Trust. If you would like to get involved in Thame COP 28 we would love to hear from you. Lisa@wildpearcic.co.uk