The second goal of COP26 is "adapt to protect communities and natural habitats", with this aim coming second only to the tagline of "keep 1.5 degrees alive". Today was a day dedicated to Adaptation, Loss and Damage.
Adaptation refers to adjustments in ecological, social, or economic systems in response to actual or expected climatic events and their effects or impacts.
Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan announced at the conference that Ireland will commit €10m in the next year to the international adaption fund.
This will join the $232m (€200m) that has been committed to the fund by other countries - and according to COP26 it’s the highest single addition to the fund.
On the other end of the money and announcements are communities who need the funding to deal with the climate impacts at their door.
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Tapiwa Machinjiri is from Malawai and works with Caritas, which is a development agency working with local communities especially targeting the marginalised, excluded and poor households and communities of Malawi.
She has come to COP26 to tell those making decisions here what is happening on the ground for the communities she works with in her home country.
"In Malawi there are a lot of things happening due to climate change, firstly we are facing problems like floods, dry spells and disease outbreaks, and many more."
She says because of these destabilising events, there are so many impacts on the ground for communities that she works with.
"This ranges from food insecurity, water scarcity, infrastructure loss, loss of property, disease outbreaks, and loss of life."
She says there are also social impacts like early marriages, with girls marrying young because of the problems the household is facing.
"We want more climate financing, and it should be done now, not later, because it’s an immediate need", she said.
"We want action, a lot has been written and we have had COPs before but what we are lacking is action, and most importantly climate financing."
She says she can’t go home without results for her communities, it’s not an option. Tapiwa says she feels privileged to be able to come to Glasgow for the conference to bring her communities' concerns to the world stage.
Vanessa Nakate, a young climate activist from Uganda, was joined by other young climate activists from the Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA) in the action zone today - they held signs saying ‘Show us the money’
Her view? "A delay here, a delay there, a broken promise here, a broken promise there, a commitment here, a commitment there and then you sit back- do you know what comes next? Loss and damage."
At the protests at the weekend, Vanessa spoke about the lives being lost in her home country Uganda, she said children are dropping out of school and farms are being destroyed.
She echoed the evidence from Tapiwa, that girls were getting married early in their lives due to economic pressures.
Girls Not Brides, an international nonprofit working to end child marriage, says 12 million underage girls get married every year.