Tens of thousands of COP26 protesters march in huge climate change rallies
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has branded the COP26 summit in Glasgow a “two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah” as demonstrators gather in cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff
It comes after climate change activist Greta Thunberg branded it a “two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah”.
World leaders gathered in Glasgow, where one of today’s principal demonstrations is being held, alongside a rally in central London.
Events are also planned in several cities including Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bristol and Leeds.
The marches come after thousands of youth activists, including Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate, marched through Glasgow on Friday protesting against investment in fossil fuels and failure to tackle the climate crisis.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered at the Bank of England in central London for the start of a march through the city.
Banging steel drums, chanting “one solution” and waving Extinction Rebellion banners reading “tell the truth”, the protesters said they are planning to march two miles to Trafalgar Square.
In Glasgow, thousands of climate activists, trade unionists, politicians and other groups were part of thousands of marchers massed in and around Kelvingrove Park ahead of the procession through the city to Glasgow Green, amid a significant police presence and despite forecasts of heavy rain for most of Saturday.
A fire engine, women covered in moss and Poseidon on stilts have all turned out for the protest in Glasgow, while a group of children guided a display featuring what appeared to be a large snake wearing glasses through Kelvingrove Park.0 seconds of 21 secondsVolume 90%COP26: CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVISTS GATHER FOR LONDON PROTEST
Jason Cook, 54, from Wootton Bassett, said he and two friends were marching through Glasgow because they were tired of hearing “blah, blah, blah” from leaders on climate action.
He told the PA news agency: “We don’t want to hear any more blah, blah, blah.”
The three men had come to the march wearing helmets, each adorned with a sign which said “blah”, echoing the description of the Cop26 summit by Ms Thunberg.
Dave Knight, 51, from Wiltshire, said the best way to stave off the worst effects of climate change is to end the use and extraction of fossil fuels.
Protesters in central London calling for action over climate change ( Image: PA)
“(There’s been) lots of words, but we really need action – the end of fossil fuels as soon as possible.”
He also said “significantly more investment” was needed in renewables.
In Northern Ireland, protesters congregated in Belfast ahead of a noisy and colourful march through the city centre before a planned rally at City Hall.
In total, some 200 events are taking across the UK and around the world, organisers the Cop26 Coalition said.
Ms Thunberg told protesters yesterday: “Many are starting to ask themselves, what will it take for the people in power to wake up?
“But let’s be clear, they are already awake. They know exactly what they are doing – they know exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to maintain business as usual.”
She added: “The leaders are not doing nothing, they are actively creating loopholes and shaping frameworks to benefit themselves and to continue profiting from this destructive system.
Huge crowds make their feelings known in Glasgow ( Image: Getty Images)
“This is an active choice by the leaders to continue to let the exploitation of people in nature and the destruction of present and future living conditions to take place.”
Ms Blake, 33, from Kentish Town in north London, told the PA news agency she had joined the protest so the Government would “make the right decisions for our children” at the Glasgow summit.
Another parent, Valkan Aran, 48, from Stoke Newington, carried his four-year-old daughter Aylin on his shoulders and told PA he wanted to show her how to take action for her future.
This week US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry has said there is a greater sense of urgency and focus at the COP26 talks than ever – though he said he was “one of the frustrated” over the pace of climate action and warned that it was “not job done” at the conference.
Demonstrations are being held in cities across the UK ( Image: Getty Images)
The latest demonstrations come midway through the Cop26 summit, which has seen about 120 leaders gather in Glasgow to set out the action they are taking and commit to curb deforestation, phase out coal, end funding for fossil fuels abroad and cut methane emissions.
But there is still a significant gap between the measures countries have committed to and what is needed to avoid more than 1.5C of warming, beyond which the worst floods, droughts, storms and rising seas of climate change will be felt.
Countries are under pressure to agree a process to increase ambition in the next decade, as well as deliver finance for developing countries to cope with the crisis and finalise the last parts of how the global Paris Agreement on climate change will work.
Rallies are being held in cities across the UK today ( Image: REUTERS)
As the protests take place, negotiations continue at Cop26, while the conference is also focusing on the role of nature, land use and agriculture in tackling climate change on Saturday.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fthousands-cop26-protesters-demand-climate-25394140&cre=mr-bottom&cip=1&view=web&ignoreMetaDataCheck=true&subType=news_story
Protesters of all ages gathered in Glasgow to call for climate change action ( Image: PA)
She said: “Many thousands of us are marching right across the world today to demand immediate and serious action.
“We’re clear that warm words are not good enough – and that the next week of talks must see a serious ramping up of concrete plans.”
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