Interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the weekly Friday demonstrations inspired by the young Swede Greta Thunberg, seem to be resuming recently. As proof, this Friday, young people took to the streets of Glasgow in Scotland where the COP26 climate conference was held all week.
“So far we have heard a lot of talk from world leaders (…) Protests like this put pressure on those in power, and we know this movement needs to grow to achieve the changes we are trying to achieve. we need to ensure the safety of present and future generations, ”commented the Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate.
Greta Thunberg denounces a greenwashing festival
In 2019, millions of young people took to the streets across the world every Friday to call on their leaders to act faster and stronger against global warming. Two years later, their muse has not changed and the shocking formulas of Greta Thunberg are found on the banners, like the “blah blah” which punctuates her accusations for a few months. “This is no longer a climate conference. It’s a rich country greenwashing festival. A two-week celebration of business as usual and blah blah, ”she again denounced Thursday on Twitter, on the eve of the demonstration.
Monday, during the summit which opened this COP considered crucial for the future of humanity, the young Kenyan Elizabeth Wathuti asked the leaders to “open their hearts for the people on the front line of the climate crisis ”and to take their“ responsibilities ”. “So far they haven’t, but the thousands of voices in the streets this weekend will make them listen,” she added in a statement.
Events planned for Saturday all over the world
This Friday is also Youth Day for the World Conference. In October, Italian Environment Minister Roberto Cingolani and COP26 President Alok Sharma promised to send Glasgow the manifesto adopted by 400 young people from all over the world gathered in Milan under the aegis of the UN: around fifty pages of proposals for energy transition, financing or citizen participation.
After the youth on Friday, a larger coalition of organizations is calling for demonstrations on Saturday at concurrent events around the world. “For ten years, storms in the Pacific have been more severe, droughts longer and flooding heavier. Fishermen can no longer feed their families. That’s what I walk for, ”Brianna Fruean, who came from Samoa with the Pacific Climate Warriors, said in a statement. “We refuse to be just victims of this crisis. We are not drowning, we are fighting, and on Saturday the world will hear us ”.
Towards a “catastrophic” warming of + 2.7 ° C
The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below + 2 ° C, if possible + 1.5 ° C, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, which are already wreaking havoc across the country. planet. Each additional tenth of a degree has its share of consequences. But, according to the latest UN estimates, the world is heading towards a “catastrophic” warming of + 2.7 ° C.
In recent days, new strengthened commitments have been announced by India, Brazil and Argentina, which could change these forecasts, but the analyzes are not yet available.