At the end of the first week of the UN Climate Conference (cop26) in Glasgow, Scotland, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a huge anti-conference demonstration. Years, and demanding “climate justice.” This is after long days in which, despite the climate emergency, the conference, which was crowned “fateful” by the leaders themselves, did not achieve the desired results, according to the protesters.

People from all over the world came to Glasgow to demonstrate during the two weeks the conference was being held. The demonstration today, held under the rain that falls in the city, may be the largest during the conference and is being held alongside similar protests in cities around the world, including South Korea, England, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Australia and Belgium.

Local police are deployed in the area with large forces, arresting about 20 protesters from the “Scientists’ Revolt” after blocking a road over the Clyde River. Activists of the “Scientists’ Rebellion” are graduate students, scientists and professors, who have demonstrated while wearing robes, to draw public attention to the fact that for decades scientists have been warning of government failure over the climate crisis, but to no avail, while humanity is leading the planet to devastating global warming. human life.

Charlie Gardner, a senior lecturer in ecology at the Dorrell Institute, said scientists “cannot trust our leaders to save us,” and therefore feel a moral obligation to act. “Over 15,000 scientists have declared that we are in a climatic emergency, but most leaders do not act as if it were an emergency,” he tweeted on his Twitter account. “We are demonstrating to encourage others to revolt against this system.”

Hundreds of thousands of people take part in a demonstration against the Glasgow climate conference / Photo: Reuters, Ewan Bootman

“The deeds show us that they are not serious”

Niv Myerson, from the Green Movement, came to Glasgow with dozens of environmental activists from Israel to participate in the conference discussions and demonstrate with partners in the struggle from around the world. According to him, Israel is not doing enough to protect its citizens from the consequences of the climate crisis, nor to realize its responsibility for its own emissions, and reduce them. “We have united today in calling against the empty statements not backed by actions, of leaders who speak well of the need to act in the face of the crisis, but do not help political courage to act on their own, and approve of fossil projects at a crazy pace that simply will not meet targets,” says Myerson. “And so it is with Prime Minister Bennett: declaring a climate revolution, a technological power, with the government blocking renewal and promoting new gas and oil exploration. At the moment the words are in the direction of a green power, but the deeds are in the direction of a polluting gas power. We will continue to fight, together with partners from all over the world, until we see a real change of direction in the government’s priorities. “

Michael Raphael, from the “Extinction Rebellion” organization in Israel, also flew to the climate conference, and was a partner in organizing protests throughout the week. He said, “I flew to Glasgow because I think we are in a climatic ecological emergency. As a person living with the sea I see the radical changes taking place in marine ecosystems. Scientists explicitly say this we are on the edge in terms of time to save this wonderful world. I came to express the crisis. “World customs: Stop with the words and start doing. Our customs in Israel have finally started to speak, but their actions show us that they are not serious. Our goals are low even relative to developing countries.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the UN podium. Bennett attended the conference after Israel failed to meet the modest Paris Agreements it had set for itself by 2020, and in the absence of a climate law or an action plan to reduce emissions. Bennett pledged, as many countries Emissions until 2050. However, this is without a road map and with very low intermediate targets: only 27% by 2030, compared to the 50% required to maintain warming at the rate of rising by only one and a half degrees by the end of the century. From which a technological line can emerge that can help the world fight the climate crisis.

Tonberg: “No more empty promises are needed”

So far, leaders in the conference rooms have agreed to curb rainforest creation in 2030, a number of countries have signed a treaty for a phased cessation of coal use in a decade or more, as well as a treaty to reduce methane emissions and funding for fossil projects overseas. But according to the protesters, these are initiatives that have been seen before and have not been implemented. In addition, protesters argue that there is a significant gap between the steps taken by the countries and what is needed to prevent warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, warming beyond which the threshold defined as safe will cross, and extreme climatic events will become more frequent, prolonged and powerful around the world.

In a demonstration held in Glasgow yesterday, Swedish climate activist Greta Tonberg called the conference a “failure, a global Greenwash festival, a public relations exercise” and sharply attacked world leaders, who may have used her own words above the UN stage, but ultimately avoided the act. To curb the escalating crisis, Tonberg, who began a protest about three years ago that swept millions around the world, said: “We no longer need empty promises, we can not resolve the crisis when we use the same methods that put us in the first place. What else is needed for the people in power to wake up? The leaders are doing nothing. They are actively creating loopholes in commitments, to benefit themselves. “

Tonberg has blamed leaders for ignoring the scientific consensus, their people and children, while throughout the 26 climate conferences held for more than two decades since 1990, no goals have been achieved and emissions have not been reduced. “We are tired of Bella, their Bella Bella. Our leaders are not leading. They are not doing anything. Their main goal seems to be to continue the status quo of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a two-week celebration of business as usual and ‘Bella Bella Bella’. The leaders live in a bubble and fantasies Their, just as technologies and solutions will suddenly appear out of nowhere and resolve the situation, ”Tonberg said.

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