The penny drops podcast: Why is COP26 so important?

The action taken on climate change over the next decade will radically shape the health of the planet for generations. COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties happening in Glasgow in November 2021, aims to help us rise to that challenge together. In this month’s episode we delve into COP26, why it’s such a crucial event for climate change and what it’s got to do with finance.

What will we be talking about?

  • What COP is and why it's so important
  • The current climate situation and action required
  • Key goals and ambitions for COP26
  • The role that finance has in helping us to reach net zero
  • Why it's so important that financial companies and institutions play a part
  • Why pensions and investments can be a powerful tool for climate action
  • Royal London's involvement in COP26
  • Actions consumers can take in the fight against climate change

Who is our guest?

On this episode we’re joined by Kaisie Rayner, Climate Change Lead at Royal London.

Where can you listen?

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This episode was recorded in October 2021 during the coronavirus outbreak. For the latest information on financial support and benefits, visit

Please note that all topics discussed in this episode can vary depending on your personal circumstances. The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you pay in. Any figures quoted were accurate at the time of recording.


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