COP26 is a "failure," youth activist Greta Thunberg told a crowd of protesters in Glasgow on Friday.
It has turned into a "PR event to fight for the status quo," said Thunberg, comparing it to a "global north greenwash festival."
Today is Youth and Public Empowerment Day at COP26. After world leaders, financiers and energy experts have had their say, the UN climate conference turned its focus to young people and marginalised communities.
All eyes were on the Fridays for Future March as thousands of young activists took to the streets in Glasgow "to hold world leaders accountable and be as loud as possible about climate justice," organisers have said.
"What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!" young protesters chanted.
The protesters were carrying banners with slogans such as "I have to clear up my mess, why don’t you clear up yours?" and "Stop climate crimes."
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- While thousands of young protesters were taking to the streets of Glasgow to demand "climate justice", youth voices were also being heard inside the summit venue, according to a statement by the COP26 presidency.
"Views of over 40,000 young climate leaders (were) presented to ministers, negotiators and officials," the statement read.
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On Thursday, two studies said COP26 commitments could limit global warming to 1.8 or 1.9C. But critics warned these projections were extremely optimistic. Some argued it was still early to put too much faith in Glasgow pledges.
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"We are here as civil society to send them a message that ‘enough is enough,’" said Valentina Ruas, an 18-year-old student from Brazil, as she marched through the streets of Glasgow on Friday.
Brianna Fruean, a 23-year-old activist from Samoa, a low-lying Pacific island nation that is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and cyclones, said: “My biggest fear is losing my country.”
“I’ve seen the floods go into our homes, and I’ve scooped out the mud,” she said.
Fruean was given the stage at the beginning of the conference, known as COP26, where she told leaders about the effects of climate change already being felt in her country.
“I feel like I’m being seen,” she said. “I will know if I’ve been heard by the end of COP.”