Demonstrators at COP26 Demand More Action from Leaders on Climate

Protestors rallied in Glasgow and around the world to express their dismay at the process and results of COP26.

Nov. 16, 2021
By Costas Vasilopoulos

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In the wake of the COP26 cli­mate sum­mit held in Glasgow, thou­sands of pro­test­ers ral­lied in the city streets demand­ing world lead­ers to com­mit to more mea­sures to tackle the cli­mate cri­sis the planet is fac­ing.

According to the orga­niz­ers of the protest, more than 100,000 demon­stra­tors, mostly young peo­ple, marched through the city despite the rainy weather.

We are tak­ing to the streets across the world this week­end to push gov­ern­ments from cli­mate inac­tion to cli­mate jus­tice- Asad Rehman, spokesper­son, COP Coalition

Droughts and floods have left noth­ing behind for the peo­ple,” cli­mate activist Vanessa Nakate told the crowd in Glasgow. Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are suf­fer­ing cat­a­strophic lev­els of food inse­cu­rity.”

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We must demand that our lead­ers treat the cli­mate cri­sis like a cri­sis,” she added. We remain hope­ful. Another world is pos­si­ble.”

More than 250 sim­i­lar events were staged in coun­tries around the world, includ­ing Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan and France.

We are tak­ing to the streets across the world this week­end to push gov­ern­ments from cli­mate inac­tion to cli­mate jus­tice,” said Asad Rehman, a spokesper­son for the COP Coalition.

The pro­test­ers in Glasgow were joined by hun­dreds of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous global social groups, includ­ing farm­ers, indige­nous peo­ple, aca­d­e­mics and envi­ron­men­tal non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions, who left the COP26 sum­mit before com­ple­tion as a dec­la­ra­tion of dis­ap­proval.

COP26 is a per­for­mance,” Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an indige­nous activist from the Tla A’min Nation near British Columbia, told the audi­ence before leav­ing the meet­ing. It is an illu­sion con­structed to save the cap­i­tal­ist econ­omy rooted in resource extrac­tion and colo­nial­ism.”

Meanwhile, after two weeks of nego­ti­a­tions in COP26, almost 200 nations agreed on a cli­mate deal to reduce emis­sions in order to adapt to the impacts of cli­mate change.

The deal stip­u­lates that big pol­luters have to present strong emis­sions-cut­ting plans by the end of 2022 and urges the rich nations of the world to at least dou­ble their col­lec­tive pro­vi­sion of cli­mate finance for adap­ta­tion to devel­op­ing coun­tries.”

The deal also con­tains pro­vi­sions to phase down” the use of unabated coal, the main sin­gle source of CO2 emis­sions, instead of com­pletely elim­i­nat­ing it as orig­i­nally intended, caus­ing resent­ment from some of the par­tic­i­pants.

We do not need to phase down, but to phase out,” said Simonetta Sommaruga, Switzerland’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive. We are dis­ap­pointed both about the process and the last-minute change. This will not bring us closer to 1.5 ºC [the accepted global tem­per­a­ture increase] but will make it more dif­fi­cult to reach.”





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