At the start of 2022 many expected a return to some form of normality, after two years dominated by Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, this year the world has been shaken by international economic crisis and escalating geopolitical tensions and conflict. The UK itself has also been reeling from recession, a deepening cost of living and energy crisis, three consecutive Prime Ministers and the passing of the Queen.
Whilst these events put the climate crisis on the back burner, COP27 provided a chance to refocus international attention on the environment. Top of the agenda in Egypt was climate finance, with developing nations calling for support to mitigate the effects of climate change, in the face of rising sea levels, global warming and intensification of natural disasters worldwide. To the disappointment of many campaigners, no significant progress was made on plastic pollution.