▲ Swedish teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg
Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg criticized the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a failure.
Thunberg participated in a street protest in Glasgow, England, where COP26 was held, and said, “It is no secret that COP26 was a failure,” AFP and others reported.
He called COP26 “a two-week, all-time business celebration and bullshit.”
He said, “It is not a climate conference, but a festival disguised as a global green washing and eco-friendly image.”
Thousands of people, including children, teenagers, and adults following their children and grandchildren, took part in the street march outside the COP26 venue.
The protest, led by Thunberg’s ‘Friday for Future’ protest that began in 2018, will run until the 6th.
The protesters raised various voices by holding up phrases such as ‘There is no Planet B’ and ‘Climate change is worse than homework’.
“I’m afraid of losing my country,” said 23-year-old activist Brianna Fruhan from Samoa, a Pacific island nation threatened by rising sea levels.
An environmental activist from Uganda called for climate justice and said, “We’re emitting a small amount of greenhouse gases, and we’re hurting a lot.”
Meanwhile, Oxfam pointed out that the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people will emit 16% of total greenhouse gases by 2030, according to the Associated Press.
“One billionaire’s space travel emits more greenhouse gases than the poor people’s lifetime emissions,” said Nafkot Darby, head of climate policy at Oxfam.
US climate envoy John Kerry said developed countries could keep their promise of $100 billion a year in climate funds starting next year.
This is one year ahead of the latest projections.
Special Envoy Kerry said the US negotiating team had meaningful conversations with Russia and China.
He explained that the reason he was late for the press conference was that the US was talking with Russia about methane reduction efforts.
“We’ve made progress, but we’re still a long way from our destination,” said former Vice President Al Gore.
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