Monday, November 29, 2021

Friday is Youth Day at COP26. They are afraid that they will not be heard.

Supporters of the United Kingdom Student Climate Network (UKSCN) march across Westminster during a climate protest as the UK adopts COP26 on November 5, 2021 in London, England. Photo by Leon Neal / Getty Images

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – A generation of young people who will inherit a warmer future are telling the generation that caused carbon pollution to restore order – both inside and outside the United Nations climate negotiations.

More young people roam the halls in negotiations than ever before. This is in addition to thousands of protesters, mostly young, carrying placards at the Friday for the Future rally a few blocks from the fenced-in pavilion. Young people are seen and honored in Glasgow. But they are afraid that they will not be heard.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and many other leaders believe youth activism has intensified the global fight to curb climate change. In fact, the UN Friday’s theme was youth engagement, with leaders talking about how important young people are in the fight to keep the world from getting too hot and wild due to extreme weather.

But even on a youth day, the highlights of the afternoon were a speech by 73-year-old former US Vice President Al Gore and a press conference by 77-year-old John Kerry, the US climate envoy.

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