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More Than 50,000 Protesters March In Glasgow And Other UK Cities For Climate Change Action

More than 50,000 eco-warriors are demonstrating through UK cities including Glasgow, London and Bristol today, demanding urgent action to tackle the climate crisis.

Thousands of people including students and Left-wing activists are marching through Glasgow, where the Cop26 conference is being held, and carrying red flags and banners reading ‘Capitalism is killing the planet’ amid a significant police presence.

The last of the marchers finally reached their destination point in a Glasgow park, nearly 5 hours after they began walking.

It was a kind of atmosphere along the way, despite the rain and cold winds that battered the marches.

Police did, however, keep a close watch on a group of young men who were dressed in black, had black Anarchist flags and wore black masks.

But one marcher, Cynthia Benjamin, 48, from Abergavenny, said: ‘This has been a wonderful, peaceful, non-violent coming together of tens of thousands of people who come to Glasgow to have their voices heard together.’

The sales manager added: ‘By the very nature that we are all here, the governments around the world have to listen to us. We need to stop the planet from burning.

‘We need to ban plastics and do so much and ensure that future generations 200 years .from now can live with trees, butterflies and all good things around them. ‘

Erica Bloom, 71, from Bristol, said: ‘I’ve been on many demonstrations. But this is the first time that I felt that every observer and many other police officers actually sympathise and support us.

‘We are not here fighting anybody. We’re only fighting climate change. We need to stop this hellfire that is burning through our Earth, save our oceans, save our trees, save our animals. Make it a paradise. And not the hell did it could be if we don’t stop global warming.’

She added: ‘My feet really hurt. I’m a pensioner. But the pain will wear off. So it’s okay.’

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Climate activists attend a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow on November 6, 2021

Climate activists attend a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow on November 6, 2021

The rally calling for urgency on the climate crisis continues as the sun sets in Glasgow

Activists gather and march for the climate protest in Glasgow, the host of Cop26

A projection about the Cop26 Climate Summit is seen on a clock tower in Glasgow, Scotland

Indigenous people chant as they participate in a protest rally during a global day of action on climate change in Glasgow

Indigenous people attend a protest during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow

An Indigenous climate activist at a rally at the end of a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

People in Glasgow carried placards saying ‘No More Blah Blah Blah’ and posters with the Earth crying out for help

Indigenous people at a protest in Glasgow, with a sign saying ‘colonialism caused climate change’

A large puppet fish carried through Glasgow as people participate in the protest rally

Demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square in London, demanding immediate climate action and ‘planet not profit’

Protesters in central London marched and demanded global leaders’ action on the climate crisis

Climate activists in central London calling for environmental urgency

A demonstrator is detained during a protest on the King George V Bridge in Glasgow

A demonstrator is detained during a protest on the King George V Bridge in Glasgow

A demonstrator is detained during a protest on the King George V Bridge in Glasgow

A climate change protester with a sign that says ‘I want a hot boyfriend not a hot planet’ painted on in red and black on cardboard

Police officers keep guard as demonstrators attend a protest amid the Cop26 summit in Glasgow

Climate protestors gather for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march in Glasgow on November 6, 2021

A climate activist speaks as protestors gather for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march in Glasgow on November 6, 2021

Climate activists attend a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow, Scotland

The cops at COP26: Police line up to protect protesters at the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, which continued today

Ex-Green Party leader Sian Berry speaking in Trafalgar Square after a protest march by climate activists in London

Protesters take part in a rally organised by the Cop26 Coalition in London demanding global climate justice

Climate activists gather near the Bank of England as they take part in a protest through the streets of London

Thousands of protesters are gathering around the world today ahead of mass demonstrations about climate change. Pictured: Protesters in the city of London

Demonstrators participate in a protest outside the Bank of England in London on November 6, 2021

A climate-conscious young boy holds up a homemade poster that says ‘Save Planet Earth’ in multi-coloured writing at a protest in London today

Demonstrators hold banners while they participate in a protest in London on November 6, 2021

Demonstrators hold banners while they participate in a protest in London on November 6, 2021

Protesters gather in Trafalgar Square having marched into central London from the City of London

Climate activists take part in a protest through the streets of London, Saturday

Hollywood actor Idris Elba, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador, speaking at COP26 in Glasgow today (left). He was joined by his wife Sabrina Elba, who is also a UN IFAD Goodwill Ambassador (right)

Police officers with protesters taking part in a rally organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

Members of the Red Rebel Brigade, an international performance artivist troupe participate in a protest rally during global day of action on climate change in Glasgow

Police tug at a bag as they halt part of a march by protesters taking part in a rally organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

Many protesters have signs adorned with ‘blah’, echoing the description of the COP26 summit by 18-year-old activist Greta Thunberg

A woman holds a poster that says ‘seize the wealth of the billionaires’ and ‘make the polluters pay’ as a man helps her carry a climate change banner made by a Trotskyist organisation

Climate change protesters have started to gather in Glasgow to protest politicians’ action to battle global warming across the world

Mena and women waving red flags were guarded by police officers in Glasgow during the demonstrations in the city today

A demonstrator in a crimson mask with brightly dyed red hair protests climate change in Glasgow. Eco-demonstrators often wear red to symbolise the blood that binds humanity together

A climate change protester holds up a placard that says ‘There is no Planet B’ during a climate change demonstration in Glasgow today

A woman in a red wig and matching anorak holds up a sign that alludes to the 1.5C target for warming temperatures by the end of the century. The cap would help prevent against further global warming, which could lead to more natural disasters

‘The world is literally burning!’: Thunberg slams Cop26 leaders for ‘destruction of the future’

Greta Thunberg yesterday slammed Cop26 as ‘shameful’ and added: ‘The world is literally burning’

Greta Thunberg yesterday slammed Cop26 as ‘shameful’ and added: ‘The world is literally burning.’

And she accused governments and leaders such as Boris Johnson and Joe Biden of being complicit in the world’s ecological problems.

She told those who gathered: ‘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.

‘And more and more people are starting to realise this. Many are starting to ask themselves what will it take for the people in power to wake up.

‘But let’s be clear, they are already awake. They know exactly what they are doing. They know exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to maintain business as usual.

‘The leaders are not doing nothing. They are actively creating loopholes and shaping frameworks to benefit themselves. And to continue profiting from this destructive system.

‘This is an active choice by the leaders to continue to let the exploitation of people and nature and the destruction of present and future living conditions to take place.’

In Scotland’s second city, demonstrators brought the centre to a standstill by chaining themselves to the King George V Bridge, blocking pedestrians and cars as they sang ‘power to the people’ and unfurled a banner which read: ‘Climate revolution… or we will lose everything’. Images at the scene of the chaos show Police Scotland officers arresting the protesters.

Meanwhile in London, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Bank of England for the start of a two-mile march through the city to Trafalgar Square, banging steel drums, chanting ‘one solution’ and waving Extinction Rebellion banners reading ‘tell the truth’.

Speaking on stage at Trafalgar Square, former Green Party leader Sian Berry said climate change protesters represent ‘the majority’. To cheers from the huge crowd, she added: ‘We are here in our thousands, in our millions, we are most people now, and we will be heard.’

Across the Irish Sea, activists congregated in Belfast ahead of a noisy and colourful march through the city centre before a planned rally at City Hall – while in the Republic of Ireland, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

In total, some 200 events are taking across the UK and around the world including France, the Netherlands and Australia, according to organisers The Cop26 Coalition. The marches come after Greta Thunberg led schoolchildren and their parents through Glasgow yesterday as they protested against investment in fossil fuels and ‘failure’ to tackle the climate crisis.

On one stage at the conference, actor Idris Elba warned Cop26 that the climate crisis poses a threat to global food security. Sitting on the same panel, climate justice campaigner Vanessa Nakate of Uganda implored the world to stop burning fossil fuels, the main cause of rising global temperatures.

Miss Thunberg, 18, called the Cop26 conference, where countries are meeting in a bid to increase ambition on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, ‘a global north greenwash festival, a two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah’.

The latest demonstrations come midway through the summit, which has seen world leaders gather to set out the action they are taking and commit to curb deforestation, phase out coal, end funding for fossil fuels abroad and cut methane emissions.

But there is still a significant gap between the measures countries have committed to and what is needed to avoid more than 1.5C of warming, beyond which the worst floods, droughts, storms and rising seas of climate change will be felt.

Countries are under pressure to agree a process to increase ambition in the next decade, as well as deliver finance for developing countries to cope with the crisis and finalise the last parts of how the global Paris Agreement on climate change will work.

As the protests take place, negotiations continue at Cop26, while the conference is also focusing on the role of nature, land use and agriculture in tackling climate change on Saturday.

Jason Cook, 54, from Wootton Bassett, said he and two friends were marching through Glasgow because they were tired of hearing ‘blah, blah, blah’ from leaders on climate action.

The three men had come to the march wearing helmets, each adorned with a sign which said ‘blah’, echoing the description of the Cop26 summit by Ms Thunberg.

Dave Knight, 51, from Wiltshire, said the best way to stave off the worst effects of climate change is to end the use and extraction of fossil fuels. He also said ‘significantly more investment’ was needed in renewables.

Demonstrators will also be on the streets of central London, as well as for 200 events across the UK and around the world, organisers said.

Ms Blake, 33, from Kentish Town in north London, said she had joined the protest so the Government would ‘make the right decisions for our children’ at the Glasgow summit.

Another parent, Valkan Aran, 48, from Stoke Newington, carried his four-year-old daughter Aylin on his shoulders and told local media he wanted to show her how to take action for her future.

Katie Harrington was among the crowds who gathered at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin for a march through the city to Government Buildings.

‘For me it’s extremely important that we use our voices,’ said the Dublin woman.

‘I’m not here for myself, I’m here for future generations. We need our government to actually act on climate change and the climate crisis, not just keep talking and not just keep making plans.

‘It’s really important for us to use our voices and march on these streets so we’re heard.’

Among those to address a rally at Belfast City Hall was acclaimed teenage author and naturalist from Co Fermanagh Dara McAnulty.

‘We are at a junction as a species and there are two paths in front of us,’ he told the crowds. ‘One – we change our future, we make a difference, we go on the road to restorative justice and climate action.

‘Or we can go down the path of further destruction and inevitably the demise of our species.’

The events on the island were part of a global day of action aimed at increasing pressure on world leaders attending the Cop26 conference on climate change in Glasgow.

Catherine O’Rourke from Liverpool was in Dublin to visit her daughter. She said she felt compelled to come down and join in the protest.

‘I am very concerned about the future for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren and we’ve got to make a difference,’ she said. ‘We can’t just hope for it, we’ve got to do it. We’ve got to make our governments wake up before it’s too late. It’s already nearly too late. I had to come – I’d no choice.’

Susan Rossney from Dublin credited the Irish government with making ‘good progress’ on climate action. But she added: ‘It still bears repeating every day and in every possible format that everyone has to take action on the climate crisis.

‘It’s for us now, it’s for the entire world and it’s so unjust that so much pollution is being created by the developed world and the developing world is bearing the brunt of this.’

Daithi McKay, the vice chair of the NI Climate Coalition, helped organise the event in Belfast.

‘We’ve heard a lot of promises, we’ve heard a lot of pledges,’ he said of Cop26. ‘But we need much more than that – we need immediate action.’

Climate change activists in Sydney joined together in calling for the rich to be abolished, which the eco-warriors allege will save the planet. Tens of thousands of protesters are marching for action on global warming around the UK and the rest of the world today

People take part in demonstration ’26 years of COP: only words in the air! for a popular ecology!’ to demand actions from world leaders against climate change, in Lausanne, Switzerland

People take part in demonstration ’26 years of COP: only words in the air! for a popular ecology!’ to demand actions from world leaders against climate change, in Lausanne, Switzerland

Protesters take part in a demonstration, in Amsterdam, on November 6, 2021

Environmental activists display portraits of world leaders Joe Biden, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in front of the Paris city hall on November 6, 2021

Climate protestors gather for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march on November 6, 2021 in Glasgow

Police halt part of a march by protesters taking part in a rally organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

People hold up signs and banners during a protest amid the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow on Saturday

People hold up signs and banners during a protest amid the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow on Saturday

People hold up signs and banners during a protest amid the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow on Saturday

A climate activist shouts out during a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

Mounted police officers si on their horses as they stand on duty during a protest rally during a global day of action on climate change in Glasgow

Climate protestors gather for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march on November 6, 2021 in Glasgow

Protesters at College Green on November 06, 2021 in Bristol

Protesters march on November 6, 2021 in Bristol, in solidarity with protesters in Glasgow

Protesters march on November 6, 2021 in Bristol, in solidarity with protesters in Glasgow

Protesters march on November 6, 2021 in Bristol, in solidarity with protesters in Glasgow

Protesters march on November 6, 2021 in Bristol, in solidarity with protesters in Glasgow

Climate activists attend a protest organised by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow

Protesters gather at College Green prior to the march on November 06, 2021 in Bristol

With faces painted white, protesters wore clothing designed to remind everyone present of the blood that binds humanity together in costumes inspired by Bristol street performers the Invisible Circus

Dancers from the Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts Centre are seen during a rally to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate in Sydney

Marches for climate change are happening around the world today. More than 50,000 people are expected to decscend on the UK’s streets. Pictured: People participate in a rally in Sydney today

Protesters in Australia gathered in Sydney to voice their displeasure at the way politicians are handling the threat of climate change

Extinction Rebellion protesters were protesting about climate change during a rally to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate in Sydney today

Protesters gather on Gyllyngvase Beach as protesters across the UK march on Climate ‘Day Of Action’

Protesters gather on Gyllyngvase Beach as protesters across the UK march on Climate ‘Day Of Action’

Demonstrators have started to make their way to the protest in Glasgow today as the the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 continues in the city

A man and a woman stand and sit on and near to bikes that will be used during the protest. Each bike has a banner reading ‘people around the world are marching for climate justice’

Thunberg joins fellow Emma Watson to dismiss Cop26 as ‘greenwashing campaign for politicians and CEOs’

Greta Thunberg dismissed Cop26 as a ‘greenwashing campaign’ for politicians as she joined Emma Watson on a climate discussion panel.

Miss Thunberg, who also this week denounced Government figures who gathered in the Scottish city for ‘whatever the f*** they are doing in there’, attended the New York Times’ ‘Climate Hub’ – a forum for discussing ‘actionable climate strategies’, also based in Glasgow.

Greta Thunberg dismissed Cop26 as a ‘greenwashing campaign’ for politicians as she joined Emma Watson on a climate discussion panel

The Swedish eco activist heaped scorn the UN’s Cop26 conference, branding it a ‘greenwash campaign, a PR campaign’ for businesses and politicians to pretend they are taking action, but not follow through.

In a ‘surprise session’ curated by Emma Watson, Miss Thunberg said: ‘Since we are so far from what actually we needed, I think what would be considered a success would be if people realize what a failure this COP is.’

She and other young female activists, including Malala Yousafzai and Vanessa Nakate, also discussed the role women have played in bringing together protests and demanding action from world leaders, the New York Times reports.

Chloe Ferguson, the chair of Queen’s University Students’ Union Climate Action Group, said street protests could have a ‘massive impact’. ‘When we look at what politicians and what our leaders respond to, they listen to what’s going to cause them the most bother publicly,’ she said.

The marches come after thousands of youth activists, including Miss Thunberg, marched through Glasgow on Friday to decry investment in fossil fuels and failure to tackle the climate crisis.

Miss Thunberg called the Cop26 conference, where countries are meeting in a bid to increase ambition on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, ‘a global greenwash festival, a two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah’.

The young Swedish activist has digressed from her usual calmly mannered rhetoric and opted for a few more choice words about politicians and how they have reacted to climate change.

The teenage activist spoke about people being ‘p****d off’ by protests and was also filmed singing ‘You can shove your climate crisis up your a***’ while outside Cop26.

Miss Thunberg gave a passionate and foul-mouthed speech last week, telling demonstrators: ‘Inside Cop, there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously… No more blah blah blah, no more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there!’

As heads of Government from around the world discussed what could be done to save the planet from ruin, the Swedish eco activist appeared to lay the blame for looming natural disasters squarely on them as she riled up her fellow activists with a chant of: ‘You can shove your climate crisis up your a***’.

However, US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry said there was a greater sense of urgency and focus at the Cop26 talks than ever.

However, he added he was ‘frustrated’ over the pace of climate action and warned it was ‘not job done’ at the conference.

The latest demonstrations come midway through the Cop26 summit, which has seen about 120 leaders gather in Glasgow to set out the action they are taking and commit to curb deforestation, phase out coal, end funding for fossil fuels abroad and cut methane emissions.

Yet there is still a significant gap between the measures countries have committed to and what is needed to avoid more than 1.5C of warming, beyond which the worst floods, droughts, storms and rising seas of climate change will be felt.

Countries are under pressure to agree a to increased ambition in tackling global warming in the next decade, as well as to deliver money for developing countries to cope with the crisis and finalise the last parts of how the global Paris Agreement on climate change will work.

As the protests take place, negotiations continue at Cop26, while the conference is also focusing on the role of nature, land use and agriculture in tackling climate change on Saturday.

One of the protesters taking part in Saturday’s demonstrations, Mikaela Loach, is a young Scottish climate activist who is challenging the UK’s North Sea oil and gas expansion in court.

She said: ‘Many thousands of us are marching right across the world today to demand immediate and serious action. We’re clear that warm words are not good enough and that the next week of talks must see a serious ramping up of concrete plans.’

The demonstrations come after months of eco-warriors from Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, have divided public opinion about their extreme protesting methods.

The climate enthusiasts blocked roads by sitting down or gluing themselves to the tarmac, causing havoc for commuters.

Just last week the group were ridiculed for blocking an insulation lorry carrying the exact materials they want installed in homes across the country as activists took their sit-down protests to the heart of Westminster.