About 100,000 people walked through Glasgow on Saturday, the organizers of the march said. Demonstrators demand more decisive action in the fight against climate change. The COP26 climate conference is taking place in Glasgow.
The number of participants given by the organizers is clearly higher than expected, especially in the face of unfavorable weather – strong wind and rain. The weather improved slightly during the march, although the wind still made it impossible to set up the scene in Glasgow Green where the march ended. Eventually, the speeches were made from the truck.
The protesters carried on banners such slogans as: “System changes, not climate change”, “end the climatic chaos”, “there is no planet B”, “The Earth is on fire”.
Contrary to what had been announced, the 18-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg did not appear at the rally. It decided to give way to activists representing indigenous communities from different parts of the world.
– The climate and ecological crises are here. But there are also citizens from all over the world. Leaders rarely have the courage to lead. It takes citizens, people like you and me, to stand up and demand action. And when we do it in large enough, our leaders will move, said Vanessa Nakate from Uganda.
Parallel to the march in Glasgow, demonstrations on climate action were held on Saturday in around 100 cities in Great Britain, including the largest in London and Cardiff, as well as in dozens of other countries – including France, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Turkey and Kenya.
Scientists chained themselves together and blocked the bridge
Saturday’s demonstration was quiet, though elsewhere in Glasgow, police arrested 21 scientists who chained themselves and blocked the road bridge over the River Clyde. – More than 15,000 scientists have declared that we are in a climate crisis, but most do not act as if it was a crisis situation. We are taking this action to encourage others, scientists and all people to rise up in rebellion against a system that kills everything, explained on Twitter one of the protesters, Charlie Gardner of the Institute of Nature Conservation and Ecology. Durell (DICE) at the University of Kent. The scientists introduced themselves as Scientist Rebellion, a group associated with Extinction Rebellion.
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