Hey team, and welcome back to one5c. Today marks the official start of COP28, the annual U.N. climate summit, in all its hope and bluster. For the next two weeks, delegates from 194 nations will convene in Dubai to assess global progress in addressing the climate emergency. It’s…quite something: Around 70,000 people are descending on the United Arab Emirates for the main event—and all the side meetings and parties. Leonardo DiCaprio is going.
The choice of venue is also more-than-quite-something. This year, the leader of the summit is Sultan al-Jaber, the CEO of the UAE’s largest oil company. If you have concerns about his ability to keep his gassy interests out of things, you’d be right.
All this is enough to make ya wonder if COP, now in its 28th year, still matters. It does, but perhaps not in the way you’d think. —Corinne