“The COP26 is a failure”: behind Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people parade in Glasgow


The face of the youth climate movement, Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, called the Glasgow climate conference a” failure “ in front of thousands of young people who came to demonstrate in this Scottish city to call for action against the climate change which threatens their generation and the following ones.

“It’s no secret that COP26 is a failure”, she told several thousand children, adolescents and young adults, describing the conference as “Celebration of business as usual ”and blah “.

“Our leaders are not showing the way, this is what leadership looks like”, she continued, pointing to the crowd. “Our kings are naked (…) History will judge them severely” , she said again about the leaders gathered for the COP, accusing them once again of inaction and again evoking a “Greenwashing festival”.

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A second day of demonstrations is scheduled for Saturday in Glasgow, at the end of the first of two weeks of COP26, to cry out for the climate emergency in the face of the devastating effects of the rise in temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions generated by human activities.

“No planet B”

There were many Scottish children on Friday 5 November who skipped school and sang in their clear voices in the streets of Glasgow with young people from all over the world. The inhabitants, leaning out of their windows or lined up along the streets of the old town center lined with ocher or pink sandstone buildings, watched the march dotted with a banner displaying “No planet B” and chanting “If it is not. now so when will it be? “.

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In the crowd led by the global movement Fridays for Future, was also Beth Donaldson, a 16-year-old Scottish woman who came with friends to say that not far from there, locked in the huge conference center, they are adults, at the within delegations of nearly 200 countries, which decide the future of his contemporaries.

“We see all these political leaders on TV saying they are going to act but we never know what kind of actions they are going to take. It is not really their future that is in question, but ours ”, she said.

Julia Klein, a 50-year-old performer, also came to protest with her 10-year-old son. “It’s the kids who are really going to be affected by all of this. And they are already aware of it. I want them to have a clean planet. Not that they have to fight for food or die in fires or floods ”.

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