Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! Each week we are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of Monday Motivation.

1. World leaders strike deal to halt deforestation at COP26 in Glasgow

“In the first major deal made in COP26, more than 130 world leaders have agreed to a deal that aims to halt and reverse global deforestation over the next decade as part of a multibillion-dollar package to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.”

2. End of coal may be in sight at COP26 as leaders pledge to phase out coal

 “At least 23 nations made new commitments to phase out coal power, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Poland, South Korea, Egypt, Spain, Nepal, Singapore, Chile and Ukraine.  In a new ‘Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement’, countries also committed to scaling up clean power and ensuring a just transition away from coal.”

3. Youth activists from across the globe addressed delegates at COP this week

“Activists include the Earthshot prize finalist- Vinisha Umashankar (who designed an ironing cart that aims to replace charcoal-heated irons in India, and Elizabeth Wathuti- A kenyan climate activist”

4. 80 countries sign pledge to cut methane made at COP26

“The Global Methane Pledge now represents 46% of global methane emissions and 70% of the global economy.”

5. $1.7 billion pledged in support of Indigenous and local communities’ land tenure at COP26

Several governments and private funders have pledged US $1.7 billion in support of Indigenous and local communities’ tenure rights in recognition of their global contributions to climate change mitigation. Funds will be used to support activities that will aid Indigenous and local communities to improve capacity building and secure, strengthen, and protect their land and resource rights.

6. Latin American countries join reserves to create vast marine protected area

“Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica announced on Tuesday the creation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) initiative, which would both join and increase the size of their protected territorial waters to create a fishing-free corridor covering more than 500,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles) in one of the world’s most important migratory routes for sea turtles, whales, sharks and rays.”

7. The People’s Summit for Climate Justice kicked off today in Glasgow

“This summit will bring together movements and communities from across the world to amplify voices, ideas and solutions- such as the global green new deal, indigenous ecological knowledge, etc”

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