Sunday, December 5, 2021

Climate march keeps pressure on leaders at UN summit

GLASSGOW, Scotland (NWN) – Public pressure to help promote more world action on global warming is due in full display outside the United Nations climate summit on Saturday, when thousands of protesters marched through Glasgow’s rainy gray streets. The march is expected to demand leaders move swiftly to cut climate-ruining fossil fuels.

Police helicopters buzzed over Glasgow in the early hours of Saturday as officers prepared for a second day of protests by climate activists. Scots are accustomed to inclement weather, and turnout for March was expected to be strong despite strong thunderstorms and a drizzle that turned into cold rain.

Inside the more than half-mile-long (kilometer-long) conference venue, negotiators knelt for a seventh day of talks to conclude draft agreements that could be passed to government ministers for political approval next week.

Among the issues being discussed in talks by nearly 200 countries is a new commitment to a goal of capping global warming at 1.5 °C (2.7 °F), prompting countries to review their efforts more frequently. The pressure has to increase. Deep cuts, and financial aid for poor countries.

A Democratic and Republican delegation of US senators was scheduled to visit the summit on Saturday. The off-year Republican victory further bolstered President Joe Biden’s bipartisan trip to unstable members of the Democratic Party.

The daily hustle and bustle of the summit on Saturday saw British actor Idris Elba bringing his star power to UN talks, highlighting the importance of helping smallholder farmers tackle global warming.

Elba, best known for roles in the HBO series “The Wire”, BBC One’s “Luther” and this year’s western film “The Harder the Come”, starred alongside Sabrina Dhowre Elba, a model and producer, and his wife. ran away. He took the stage on Saturday in support of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Elba said he wanted to highlight the dangers of disrupting global food chains as smallholder farmers are particularly affected by erratic seasonal rainfall, drought and other effects of climate change.

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“This conversation about food is something that really needs to be increased, and one thing I’ve found is a big mouth,” said Elba, adding that 80% of the food consumed worldwide is small-scale farmers. is produced by.

Speaking on the same panel, 24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate said global warming is already causing hunger for millions of people around the world, including in her own country.

She said a shift from meat to a plant-based diet could help curb millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, while freeing up more land for food farming than is currently used for animal feed.

Saturday’s march was expected to attract a range of participants and ages, after thousands of youth protested at the Future for Future movement on Friday outside the convention’s steel fences and turnstiles.

Speaking at the Friday for Future rally, 18-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg called the UN climate talks in Glasgow so far “a failure”, accusing leaders of deliberately creating loopholes in rules and misleading pictures of their countries’ emissions. was accused of giving

“World leaders clearly fear the truth, yet no matter how hard they try, they can’t escape it,” Thunberg said. “They cannot ignore the scientific consensus, and above all they cannot ignore us – people, including their own children.”

Thunberg’s mix of strikes in schools, blunt and impatient talk about government excuses, and mass demonstrations have fueled climate protests since 2018, particularly in Europe, but to a lesser extent around the world.

The climate protest movement, and the worsening droughts, hurricanes and other disasters that have brought home many of the accelerated damages of global warming, have kept pressure on governments for stronger and faster action to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

The Friday for Future protests were part of a series of demonstrations being held around the world on Friday and Saturday to coincide with the Glasgow talks.


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