COP26: Help show that UK farmers are serious about net zero

02 November 2021

Climate change and renewables Net zero

Find out how the NFU is representing farmers and growers at COP26. Plus, use our free downloadable resources to show the world how UK agriculture is part of the solution to climate change.

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.

Remember to use the hashtags #BackBritishFarming and #COP26.

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COP26 sign British farmers are part of the climate change solution_81209

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Join the conversation

Be sure to tag @NFUTweets and use the hashtags #BackBritishFarming and #COP26 to make sure you are joining in the conversation across social media.

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

Greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef are less than half the global average Twitter infographic

The miracle of British cows Twitter infographic

British farmers working towards net zero by 2040 Twitter infographic

Farmers produce renewable energy NFU Twitter infographic

Growing grass for animals to eat NFU Twitter infographic

 Greenhouse gas infographic NFU Twitter infographic

Share these infographics on Instagram or Facebook

Greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef are less than half the global average Facebook Instagram infographic

The miracle of British cows Facebook Instagram infographic

British farmers working towards net zero by 2040 Facebook Instagram infographic

Farmers produce renewable energy NFU Instagram Facebook infographic

Growing grass for animals to eat NFU Instagram Facebook infographic

 Greenhouse gas infographic NFU Instagram Facebook infographic

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:

Climate change



#COP26 #BackBritishFarming

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.

#BackBritishFarming #COP26

British farming is committed to giving you tasty, high-quality, and climate-friendly food, all while playing a positive role in the rural economy.

#BackBritishFarming #COP26

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.

#COP26 #BackBritishFarming

When you choose to buy British food, you're choosing high-quality, sustainable, climate-friendly food, all while supporting farmers like me.

#COP26 #BackBritishFarming

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.

#COP26 #BackBritishFarming

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.

Tips for shooting social media video. Copyright NFU

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.

Access more net zero inspiration

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