The COP26 is a "failure", believes Greta Thunberg in front of thousands of young people in Glasgow

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses the crowd at George Square, the end point of the Fridays For Future rally in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2021. AFP - DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

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Enough of the blah blah, we want action now!"

This is the slogan chanted by thousands of young people taken by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Friday in the streets of Glasgow on the sidelines of COP26.

And this Saturday, in Glasgow, and around the world, there will also be climate rallies.


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With our special correspondent in Glasgow,

Jeanne Richard

This Saturday, the participants in the global climate march want to denounce the inaction of governments, a week after the start of COP26.

Already Friday in Glasgow, Greta Thunberg estimated in front of thousands of demonstrators that the COP 26 is " 

a failure 


The activist tackles States which want to give themselves a green image but which do not take action.

 This is no longer a climate conference, it is a greenwashing festival for the countries of the North.

Two weeks of continuing to act as if nothing had happened and blah blah blah.

 Politicians cannot ignore science and ignore us, she added.

“Many are asking what it'll take for people in power to wake up.

But let's be clear - they're already awake.

They know exactly what they're doing.

They know exactly what priceless values ​​they're sacrificing to maintain business as usual. ”

My speech from today's march in Glasgow.

- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 5, 2021

This Saturday it is also to make their voice heard that activists around the world want to demonstrate.

The 2015 Paris agreement aims to limit global warming, if possible + 1.5 ° C, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Every additional tenth of a degree counts.

However, according to the latest UN estimates, the world is still heading towards a “catastrophic” warming of + 2.7 ° C.

Also to listen: COP26: the agreement on coal "is a small step whereas we needed a giant leap" [International guest]

The biggest COP ever

Almost 40,000 (39,509 in all) people have accredited for COP 26 in Glasgow.

Not all will be able to attend the event due to travel restrictions due to Covid-19 or vaccination, accreditation and visa issues, or the cost of accommodation in the Scottish city.

Despite everything, we can already say that this COP is the largest ever organized.

On site, hundreds of participants line up daily to access the event venues.

More than 20,000 delegates from countries around the world, 11,000 members of NGOs, 3,700 journalists and 2,300 representatives of institutions or companies have been accredited.

And as the




, at the top of the most represented countries, there is Brazil, which alone has 479 delegates.

Next come Turkey and then the Democratic Republic of the Congo with more than 370 representatives each.

Large delegations to be heard

Questioned during a press conference, Patricia Espinosa, the UN climate manager, explains that the practices depend on each country.

Some only accredit their negotiators, others include in their delegations representatives of the private sector, civil society, local communities or parliamentarians.

This is often the case in African countries, underlines Marine Pouget of the Climate Action Network, which brings together environmental NGOs.

According to Martine Pouget, large teams could also allow certain countries to be present at the many meetings and negotiations that take place every day.

One way to make their voice heard at all costs.

In recent days, she has observed this practice from climate-skeptic countries.

Especially Brazil. 

A final list of participants is expected to be published at the end of the COP next Friday, November 12.

To read also: COP26: "The meeting of the last chance" for the climate is launched



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