Thousands of young activists from around the world staged a protest Friday (5) in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, during the fifth day of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26).
The event was organized by a Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, creator of the Fridays for Future climate movement. Speaking on the stage set up by young people, she said this was “the most exclusive version of the COP ever”.
“It is no secret that COP26 has been a failure. We cannot solve a crisis with the same methods you put us in,” Greta protested.
“Our leaders are not our leaders. That’s what a leader should be,” Greta said, referring to the thousands of young people who listen to her in the audience.
According to the Washington Post estimate, about 25,000 young people took part in the demonstrations in Glasgow.
According to the Washington Post, 25,000 young people demonstrated in Glasgow during COP26, calling for policies to combat climate change – Image: social networks
“A lot of people say we are too extremist. They are extremists [líderes de Estado e empresários]struggling to save their systems,” Greta said.
“We don’t need more promises,” the activist said. “It (the COP) has turned into a public relations event where leaders make beautiful speeches and announce extravagant commitments and goals, while behind the scenes governments of Northern Hemisphere countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action,” Greta said.
As posted on social media on Thursday (4), Greta reclassified the 26th session of the COP at Friday’s demonstration as the “Festival of Green Washing”.
“#COP26 has been called the most memorable conference in history. This is no longer a climate conference. It’s the Northern Hemisphere ‘Greenwashing’ festival. A two-week work celebration, as usual, and so is blah blah,” Thunberg said.
“Greenwashing” It is an English expression created to describe the work of organizations, companies or governments that sell themselves as sustainable in order to make money. In this case, they make agreements, do not comply and still use the image of “friends of the environment”.
Young people protest against Bolsonaro
Brazilian youth from the Black Alliance take part in the pro-climate protests during COP26 in Glasgow. Photo: Marcelo Rocha
I’m still on the march, Young people from the Brazilian Black Alliance for Rights movement – who also spoke at the event under shouts of protest against Bolsonaro’s government – They launched a message titled “To Control Global Warming – Zero Deforestation: Quilombola’s Land Ownership is Zero Deforestation”.
The document was signed by 250 entities and advocates direct measures against environmental racism, to curb global warming, to deforestation in the Amazon, Cerrado, Atlantic and Katinga forests, as well as granting Quilombola lands and territories as strategies for deforestation. .
How do environmental racism, the letter identifies the following: “Lack of environmental security in urban and rural areas with a black majority, which are affected by expropriation, water and air pollution, extreme weather events, housing in vulnerable areas, waste dumping, and lack of access to basic sanitation facilities. Affected by floods, landslides, and waterborne diseases, among others.”
Indigenous youths from the Amazon region also spoke. They demanded the delimitation of indigenous lands in Brazil, denounced the invasion of miners in the indigenous lands of Munduruku and Yanomami, the pollution of rivers and the indigenous people of the Amazon due to the illegal use of mercury by miners, and the killing of indigenous people by the invaders. Increased rates of deforestation during the government Jair Bolsonaro.
A survey by Amazon shows that deforestation in the Amazon in the 2020/2021 season is the highest in the past 10 years, and that in the past 12 months, the forest has lost an area nine times the size of the city of Rio. de Janeiro.
In August, Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Organization (Apib) filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against Bolsonaro, accusing him of crimes against humanity and genocide because he encouraged the invasion of indigenous lands by miners.
Representatives from different sectors of society from different countries are sending appeals to the leaders who will be at COP-26
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