What is COP26?
COP26 is the 26th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference, which brings together heads of state, academics and a host of organisations and businesses from around the world to discuss and negotiate measures to tackle climate change.
This year’s host is the UK government, and as such the event will be held in Glasgow, from 31 October to 11 November.
Read more information on the Glasgow Climate Change Conference and the UK government’s work as host.
How we're representing farmers at COP26
The NFU has represented British farmers and the wider farmers’ constituency at every COP since 2015. We were there when the Paris Accord was agreed. The terms ‘food security’ and ‘food production’ both made it into the final agreement, much to the satisfaction of farmers across the world.
This year, along with the farming unions of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we are holding a one-day exhibition on 3 November to promote the work farmers are doing to produce climate-friendly food.
NFU President Minette Batters will be speaking at several events during the conference to promote the work British farmers do, and to show our willingness to work with farmers across the world to improve agriculture’s climate credentials.
How you can get involved
Join our social media campaign
Wednesday 3 November at COP will be 'Farmers Day' and we want to showcase the work you are doing to achieve our net zero ambitions and demonstrate that British farming is part of the solution to climate change.
Download and print these signs, take a picture of you holding them and post to any social media platforms you use.
You can write a caption on why you are proud or use our suggested tweets.
Join the conversation
Download and share our social media graphics
We’ve created some useful graphics to show why British farming is so important. Just click or tap to download.
Share these infographics on Twitter
Share these infographics on Instagram or Facebook
Example Twitter posts
Simply copy and paste the words below into your Twitter posts and share with your followers.
When you buy British, you're supporting farmers like me, who care about:
Want something to be proud of? British farmers like me are committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, all while continuing to produce your favourite food and drink.
British farming is committed to giving you tasty, high-quality, and climate-friendly food, all while playing a positive role in the rural economy.
Food production around the world is not the same.
British farmers like me produce climate-friendly food to high environmental standards and are committed to reaching net zero by 2040.
When you choose to buy British food, you're choosing high-quality, sustainable, climate-friendly food, all while supporting farmers like me.
British farming is part of the climate change solution.
When you buy food from farmers like me you can rest assured that you are supporting an industry committed to being net zero by 2040.
Tips for shooting video with your phone
We are asking NFU members to upload video to their social media accounts. Tell your followers why you are proud to produce climate-friendly food, and highlight what steps you are taking on farm to reduce your emissions.
- Ideally, ask someone else to film you
- Don't stand too close to the camera
- Make sure you fill the screen
- Don't move the camera too fast
- Beware of background noise
- Avoid windy locations
- Make sure you're in good light
Want to remember all these tips on the go? You can download and print a handy tips sheet here.
Read our report
As part of our COP26 activity, we've launched a new report - Our Journey to Net Zero - to highlight the work of members and how the NFU is working to reach our target of net zero by 2040.
- Read more about this here: British farmers demonstrate climate progress ahead of COP26
Access more net zero inspiration
- Watch some of the events that took place during Countryside COP 2021
- Make a pledge for net zero
- Get inspiration from our booklet, Doing Our Bit for Net Zero
More from NFUonline
- Help us share the facts on emissions relating to cattle and sheep by downloading our 'Rethinking Ruminants' toolkit
- Read more about the UK Dairy Roadmap's new net zero climate ambition paper, launched during COP26
- NFU members and staff have taken to the stage speaking for the World Farmers' Organisation or the Farmers’ Constituency about climate-friendly farming: Environment forum chair Richard Bramley, Richard Bower, NFU Cymru President John Davies, climate change senior adviser Ceris Jones.
- See the winners of the The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs net zero competition.