Protest organizers hoped to draw large crowds of protestors to Glasgow’s streets Saturday to demand urgent action to stop a climate crisis which is already flooding cities. wiping towns off the map, causing destruction of forests and fueling droughts, heat waves, and storms around the globe.
Over the past week world leaders and diplomats representing hundreds of countries gathered at the U.N. conference on climate. They made lofty pronouncements and announced progress, including landmark deals. end deforestation and reduce methaneEmissions The commitments would, at the most, slow down the rate of global heating, but not halt it.
The talks are a wake-up call for activists around the world, including young people concerned about inheriting a planet in danger. Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish climate activist, on Friday called a “two-week-long celebration of business as usual and ‘blah, blah, blah.’”
Ms. Thunberg captured the global mood of frustration and impatience among her allies. She also criticized world leaders for making empty promises, which she said has helped to galvanize a generation into action. Speaking to thousands of protesters at a youth-led rally in Glasgow on Friday, she called the United Nations talks a “failure.”
“The leaders are not doing nothing,” she said. “They are actively creating loopholes, shaping frameworks to benefit themselves to continue profiting from this destructive system.”
Her words were met by cheers
Moments before she spoke. Vanessa NakateAn activist from Uganda, he lamented the inaction that followed previous international climate talks.
“How many more of these should they hold until they realize that their inactions are destroying the planet?” she asked.
But Michael E. Mann, a prominent climate scientist, took to Twitter to defendThe summit, no matter how short it may be, is what is needed. “Activists declaring it dead on arrival makes fossil fuel executives jump for joy,” he wrote.
The conference has highlighted the socioeconomic disparities in global climate policy. It sometimes pits advanced industrialized nations like the United States or European Union against emerging economies such as South Africa, India, China and South Africa. On Friday, activists from South America and Central America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East criticized international leaders and criticised their leaders for failing to implement climate policies. ignoring the developing world.
On Saturday, Glasgow was expected to see as many as 100,000 people. Climate activists from all over the world arrived in Glasgow this week to demand change. disrupting talks held by gas giantsPerforming theatrical spectacles at the summit’s fringes
However, the presence of environmental activists at the meeting has been limited due to pandemic restrictions. Some were unable even to attend.
Countries are discussing how to fulfill the unfulfilled promise of years ago at the conference a pledge of $100 billion in annual aidFrom 2020 to 2025, wealthy countries will help the poorer nations adapt to a warmer planet.
The most vulnerable countries in the developing world to the effects of climate changes are also pushing major carbon emitting nations to raise their annual targets to keep global temperature from rising. 1.5 degrees Celsius,or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit in comparison to levels before and after the Industrial Revolution.