The governments there get together to discuss things like:
Unfortunately, not all of these things actually get agreed upon. And governments don't necessarily follow through on agreements where they are made.
So every year they all meet back up and things become more and more urgent.
Ultimately, the intentions behind COP are really great and it can lead to some really good outcomes...
But, unfortunately, the reality often doesn't meet the expectations.
But we'll save the controversies for another day… this video focuses on what COP is and what it's all about.
The Carbon Jacked team will be heading to COP to speak a some events including the main Green Zone & Extreme Hangout stage.
It's also worth saying that there’s more to COP than the government negotiations - there are loads of class events and activations taking place all over the city, which we’re going to be hitting up so drop us a line if you’re about.
Now bearing in mind it was held in a petrostate, and everything has to be agreed by all 200 countries, the outcome was never going to go far enough...
But given all of that, it could have been a lot worse even if it did fall well short of what was needed.
The key outcome was on fossil fuels, with countries explicitly agreeing to move away from fossil fuels⛽ for the first time ever which is a real step in the right direction... but the commitment is pretty weak and full of loopholes.
If you want to delve deeper, check out Carbon Brief.