the essential Glasgow, the British city which hosts the climate conference, is this Saturday, November 6 the epicenter of a global mobilization which must see tens of thousands of demonstrators meet through the planet. Their goal: to call for action in the face of climate change.
This is about demanding “climate justice” and immediate action for communities already affected by climate change, especially in the poorest countries of the South.
“An absolute shame”
In Sydney and Melbourne, demonstrators disguised as a pile of coal or Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, a great defender of the mining industry, denounced the COP 26 as being “a comedy” and their head of government as “an absolute disgrace”. “Enough of the blah, real climate action now,” a banner proclaimed.
In South Korea, some 500 people marched through the streets of the capital Seoul to ask for immediate help from populations already hit hard by the effects of global warming. In Glasgow, Scotland, police said they were waiting until 50. 200. people who will parade not far from the congress center, placed under high security, where the great COP conference has been held for a week 26 of the UN on the climate, considered as capital for the future of humanity.
“I think it will be so important to put pressure on the world leaders gathered at the COP 26 and show them that we are asking them to account “, explains in a press release one of the organizers, Iona, an arts student from 19 years old, who is experiencing his first major event. A demonstration bringing together thousands of young people who came to cry out about the climate emergency had already been organized on Friday in Glasgow, at the end of the first of the two weeks of the COP 23.
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“The COP 26 is a failure “
“It is no secret that the COP 23 is a failure, “said the face of the youth climate movement, Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, on Friday. She described the COP 23 of “celebration (…) of blah” and “festival of greenwashing” after commitments, sometimes with outlines vague, by groups of countries to fight against deforestation, reduce methane emissions into the atmosphere or put a stop to fossil fuels.
Michael Mann, professor at Penn State University, called for more caution on the process of climate talks led by the UN. “The COP 26 has barely started. The activists who declare her already dead are making the managers of the fossil fuel companies jump for joy,” esteemed Michael Mann, who heads the University’s System Science Center. Concrete measures rather than words is what the demonstrators will demand again on Saturday.
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Limit global warming
The challenges of the COP 26 are numerous in a context of a global pandemic which has weakened poor countries already vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Some 200 delegations are looking in particular at how to limit, as provided for in the Paris Agreement, global warming to well below + 2 ° C, and if possible to + 1.5 ° C.
Every tenth of an additional degree of warming counts and has its share of consequences, heat waves, fires or floods. However, according to the latest UN estimates, which must be updated with the latest promises, the world is currently heading towards a “catastrophic” warming of + 2.7 ° C.
And according to a scientific study, global emissions of CO2, the main greenhouse gas, have rebounded in 2021 to levels close to records recorded before the Covid pandemic – 19.
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In recent days, new commitments have been announced by India, Brazil and Argentina, which could change these forecasts. The negotiations of the COP 23, scheduled to last until 000 November, will continue on Saturday before a day off Sunday.