Young activists march in Glasgow to demand climate action at COP26

Young activists take to the streets of Glasgow to demand action on climate change from leaders and politicians as COP26 talks continue.

Campaign activists Greta Thunberg, fellow activist Vanessa Nakati and other youth activists, as well as local trade unionists will speak to the crowds at the end of the march through the city where the UN summit is being held.

The Friday for Future Scotland climate strike, with participants marching at 11am from Kelvingrove Park to George Square, comes as COP26 talks feature events highlighting a youth voice and education in climate action.

But Thunberg slammed the two-week conference, claiming it was «the most excluded COP ever» and calling it a «two-week celebration of business as usual and no-nonsense».

A group of mothers from around the world, including Rosamund Adoo Kissi Debrah, whose daughter Ella died of an asthma attack as a result of severe air pollution, will deliver a letter at COP26 calling for an end to new fossil fuel funding for the health and future of their children.

Then they will join the striking youths marching through Glasgow.

Today’s protest comes before rallies tomorrow where tens of thousands of people are expected in Glasgow, with further rallies in London and cities across the UK, as well as around the world.

The protests come at the end of the first week of the conference, as countries come under pressure to increase ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change, avoid the worst effects of global warming, and to secure funding for poorer countries. Handling the crisis.

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Earlier in the week, about 120 world leaders gathered at the COP26 summit to outline the actions they were taking to tackle the climate crisis.

There have also been announcements of reducing deforestation, phasing out coal, and promoting financial flows toward transformational economies to go green.

But Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband warned against «goal shifting» to focus on long-term targets and vague declarations across sectors rather than urgent action by countries to cut emissions to get the world on track to limit warming to 1.5°C.

At an event last night, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Affairs John Kerry said the COP26 summit is a «crucial» event, which he called «the last best hope in the world to put us on the right track.»

Speaking at a CBI dinner, he called on developed countries to help less developed countries fight climate change and warned that trillions of dollars in private financing were needed «because no government in the world has enough money» to deal with climate change.

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