The 16th Ezra Lecture was opened by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who explained that the lecture was brought about by a legacy of the late Derek Ezra who was a former Chairman of the then National Coal Board, and that the speaker was part of a group set up by the City of London to participate in the forthcoming world leaders conference under The COP26 summit, which  will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


The Ezra lecture, which this year was about the COP26 (COP stands for Conference of Parties) climate change challenge, was given by Alderman and Sheriff elect Alison Gowman,  of the City of London, a finance specialist who worked for 40 years as a solicitor and then partner at the firm of DLA Piper UK where she is now a consultant.


This year will be the 26th Annual Summit – giving it the name COP26 and will take place in Glasgow.   In the run up to COP26, the UK is working with every nation to reach a form of agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will then arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses, and citizens for twelve days of talks.