COP26: A Battle Between Politicians and Thousands of Climate Change Protesters

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 COP26: A Battle Between Politicians and Thousands of Climate Change Protesters
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Highlights

  • “Fridays for Future, Scotland” has been leading protest rallies in Glasgow. 
  • Greta Thunberg has called COP26 discussions, “blah, blah, blah.” 
  • Protesters insist closer targets and intermediate goals are the need of the hour. 

COP26 has entered its final week. More than 190 countries have participated in the 26th Conference of Parties hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. Several country leaders came up with their individual agendas. And collectively all the attendees took several pledges like ending deforestation by 2030 and methane pledge, etc. 

But is COP26 just a PR stunt or it holds some substance?

The motif of COP26 is to frame collective policies to reduce climate change. The conference asserts the significance of the Paris agreement. Prime Ministers, climate change activists, journalists, policy makers, etc from all around the world have joined the conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

However, there are debates going on the internet: whether the two weeks long climate change summit is yet another bucket of hollow promises for political gains or will the summit have a real-life impact? 

Political leaders frame policies every year, several leaders have announced to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or by 2070. However, climate change activists say that 2070 is too far for a target. Thus, closer targets and intermediate goals are the need of the hour. 

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Tens and thousands of climate change activists protest in Glasgow. 

Tens and thousands of people from around the globe have gathered in Glasgow. People from different countries, different age groups and backgrounds have united around the city hall and on the roads of Glasgow in solidarity against the lack of implementation of policies by the political leaders. 

Greta Thunberg has called COP26 discussions, “blah, blah, blah.” She further added that COP26 is a failure, and immediate ground level actions are needed to cut emissions. Other protesters along with Greta are demanding climate justice. They believe either the decisions are too delayed or else they do not have any substance. 

“Fridays for Future, Scotland” has been leading the rallies. Protesters have come from far away countries like Australia, India and so on. Elderlies and youngsters, all have united to demand climate justice. These protests are set to continue till the 12th of November: the last day of the COP26. 

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BOTTOM LINE 

The world is facing a catastrophic crisis of all time. Climate change is getting severe across countries. Additionally, when it comes to tackling the deteriorating climate, politicians frame x number of policies; however, the efforts invested in conferences always overpower ground level implementation. 

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