Greta Thunberg blasts ‘failure’ COP26 during youth rally in Glasgow – ‘Greenwash festival’

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The 18-year-old Swedish environmental activist took part in a Fridays for Future Scotland march in Glasgow this Friday 5 November in the centre of the Scottish city. Fridays for Future is a worldwide movement born when Thunberg started standing outside the Swedish parliament with a sign that said “school strike for climate” in August 2018.

Other activists followed and it is now a worldwide movement with children all over the planet taking part.

Many young people and families joined the demonstration with signs ahead of an even bigger protest on Saturday that is expected to attract at least 50,000 people.

At the Youth4Climate conference in Milan back in September, the activist had already labelled the current work she witnessed from world leaders as “blah, blah, blah.”

She reiterated this critique on Friday when she took centre stage at the end of the march.

“This is no longer a climate conference,” she said.

“This is now a global North Greenwash festival.

“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure.

“It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place.

“COP has turned into a PR event where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets, while behind the curtains the governments of the Global North countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.

“It seems like their main goal is to continue to fight for the status quo.

“And COP26 has been named the most exclusionary COP ever.

“A two-week-long celebration of business as usual and blah, blah, blah.”

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She said “immediate, drastic, annual emission cuts, unlike anything the world has ever seen” was what was needed to deal with climate change.

“The people in power can continue to live in their bubble filled with their fantasies, like eternal growth on a finite planet and technological solutions that will suddenly appear seemingly out of nowhere and will erase all of these crises just like that,” she said.

“All this while the world is literally burning, on fire, and while the people living on the front lines are still bearing the brunt of the climate crisis.”

Other young speakers included Vanessa Nakate, a climate activist from Uganda, who told the crowd the inaction of richer countries was “destroying the planet.”

“Historically, Africa is responsible for only 3% of global emissions and yet Africans are suffering some of the most brutal impacts fuelled by the climate crisis.

“But while the global south is on the frontlines of the climate crisis, they’re not on the front pages of the world’s newspapers.”

The British prime minister invoked climate campaigner Greta Thunberg as he opened the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow with a warning that the world cannot continue to talk tough while doing nothing.

After greeting world leaders, he reminded them that without action “all those promises will be nothing but blah blah blah and the anger and impatience of the world will be uncontainable.”

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