'Blah, blah, blah': Protesters demand action on COP26

On the second full day of the world conference, activists vowed to continue pressuring world leaders to put aside politics

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Across the river where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United States President Joe Biden and more than 100 other world leaders gathered to discuss how to tackle climate change, protesters dressed as key political actors at the conference and imitated a major drag game. war.

At one point, people wearing a Biden mask, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping played-and-fought on the world's beach volleyball.

The Glasgow Actions team, which organized Tuesday's show, said it hoped high-profile antics sent a clear message to politicians: "Stop playing weather games for our future."

The activities were part of a "Squid Game" protest and included people wearing jumpsuits and hats as security guards for the Netflix hot game. The event was part of a series of protests planned for the city in the next two weeks, as Scotland will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, called COP26.

On the second full day of the world conference, activists vowed to continue pressuring world leaders to put aside politics and take drastic measures to reduce emissions.

"What we want world leaders to do is to take their message, take their promises, pack them and take action," said Fatima Ibrahim, executive director of Green New Deal U.K.

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Ibrahim said progress had been made at the start of the summit, including a historic commitment signed on Tuesday by more than 100 world leaders to end and postpone deforestation by 2030. But he adds that tackling the climate problem requires more than imperfect promises.

"It means stopping all new fuel infrastructure, depleting carbon quickly in our economy, bringing millions of new green jobs to ordinary working people who need to participate in this change and find a living future for people and the planet," Ibrahim said.

An 18-year-old activist, Greta Thunberg, took part in a protest on Monday outside the convention site, blaming leaders for failing to live up to the promises of tense weather. "No more blah, blah, blah," she sang along with the crowd.

Swedish weather activist Greta Thunberg participates in a protest at Festival Park in Glasgow next to the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference on November 1, 2021.

Swedish weather activist Greta Thunberg participated in a protest at Festival Park in Glasgow, Scotland, next to the COP26 U.N. Monday.Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images

Thunberg and other well-known youth climate activists - including Uganda's Vanessa Nakate, Poland's Dominika Lasota and the Philippines' Mitzi Tan - released an open letter on Monday urging political leaders to betray young people for failing to tackle climate change. The letter, signed by more than 1.4 million people, called on world leaders to "deal with climate change."

"This is not a drill. The red code of the Earth," they wrote in the letter. "Millions will suffer as our planet is ruined - the terrible future that will be created, or avoided, by the decisions you make. You have the power to decide."

Ibrahim added that activists need to continue to pressure governments even after the weather summit wraps up next week.

"The two-week talks will never bring us satisfaction," he said. "This is going to be a struggle for our lives, and what we need is for that work to be done on a daily basis."