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Thousands of people took to the streets of Glasgow to demand "climate justice"

Thousands of people took to the streets of Glasgow to demand "climate justice"

Thousands of protesters gathered this Saturday in Glasgow to march through the “climate justice” on a day of global mobilization, after the Swedish activist Greta thunberg report the COP26 negotiations as a “failure”. The march took place despite heavy rain in the Scottish city.

The organizers expected to gather around 100,000 people in the march that began in Kelvingrove Park, in the vicinity of the venue where COP26 is being held. That meeting, which began on Sunday and will run until next Friday, receives representatives from almost 200 countries with the mission of reaching an urgent agreement to limit global warming.

Among the participants there are collectives environmental, indigenous, trade unionists and feminists. Also noteworthy are the presence of Leónidas Iza, from the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, or Verónica Gago, from the Argentine platform Ni Una Menos.

On Friday, the Swedish activist Greta thumberg defined the summit as “a failure”. The 18-year-old said that “it should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place. And more and more people are beginning to realize this. Many are beginning to ask themselves what it takes for people in power to wake up. “

The rain and violent winds delayed the start of the march, called by the Coalition COP26 platform, where the wet banners demanded “Put the planet before money”.

“What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” The activists chanted as the column began its journey with the hope of arriving three hours later at the place where speeches by different environmental leaders were scheduled.

“The people united will never be defeated” They sang in different languages, in a protest that gathered from the young people who already expressed their frustration in the streets on Friday, to the civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion (XR), known for its daring actions that paralyze cities and they usually end in numerous arrests.

“This is COP26, we have had 25 before and they have all been a failure”said Lilly Henderson, 17, a member of the group Fridays for the Future, taking up the words that its founder, Thunberg, released Friday in front of the crowd.

Jayne Whitehead, a 54-year-old landscaper, came along with her two daughters. “I want them to grow up with a hopeful future, to enjoy the world as we did when we were young and to be able to look forward without fear”, he claimed, quoted by the news agency AFP.

“A single day does not change everything, but we have to do everything possible and today this is something we can do” despite the storm, he admitted. In parallel, this Saturday, replicas of the protest will be held in 200 points in the world, from Seoul to Rio de Janeiro, passing through Manila, Mexico, Lisbon, Los Angeles or Nairobi.

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