Tens of thousands of protesters are marching on the climate in Glasgow and around the world

“This is our future”: Tens of thousands of climate protesters today defied the torrential rains and gusts of wind in Glasgow at the heart of a global mobilization to demand that leaders take action on climate change that threatens humanity.

On the sidelines of COP26, these protesters called for “climate justice” and immediate action for the population, especially in the poorest countries in the south, which have already been hit by global warming.

Organizers said in a statement that more than 100,000 people had attended. The police did not give a number, but he had said before the onset of the demonstration that he expects at least 50,000.

“This is our future, this is my future and the future of my children,” Jenny, a 22-year-old Norwegian law student who traveled to Glasgow, told AFP because she considered it “important” that activists from rich countries fight those poor countries.

Under the sound of bagpipes and drums, the colorful procession shook early in the afternoon, near the conference center, where strict security measures are being implemented as the UN COP26 climate conference is being held there for a week, which is considered crucial for the future. of humanity.

“Larger producers (of greenhouse gases) and polluters must be held accountable,” said Kathy Jetnil-Kitzinger, an environmental activist from the Marshall Islands, an island nation threatened by rising sea levels. “We have done nothing to contribute to this crisis and we should not pay the consequences,” he added from the podium at the end of the march in a park near the city center.

Gatherings were held in other cities around the world.

At least a thousand people gathered in London, in front of the Bank of England, holding banners with short shocking messages such as “Be a good ancestor”, “Systematic change, not climate change”, “Do not choose extinction”, “Mars sucks, let save the Earth “.

Hundreds of people marched in Paris, hanging a banner reading “Inactive at COP26, dying in 2050” in front of the French capital’s town hall.

In Melbourne and Sydney, protesters disguised as coal mines or Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister and a staunch supporter of the mining industry, denounced COP26 as “a comedy” and their head of government as “utter shame”.

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