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Greta Thunberg on COP26: is she right?

COP26 stands for Conference of the Parties and is the 26th meeting of the United Nations Climate Change conference and is currently taking place in Glasgow. Despite the conference being seen as a chance to tighten and consolidate national pledges to deal with global climate change as outlined in the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015, COP26 has been fraught with protests in Glasgow for the inaction and insufficient measures being taken internationally to deal with the climate crisis. Notable environmental activist Great Thunberg claimed that COP26 is “no longer a climate conference” and claimed that “future generations are drowning in their ‘greenwash’ and empty words and promises” [1]. Is Thunberg right to called COP26 a global north greenwash festival? What could be done differently at the Conference of the Parties? What is the answer to climate inaction? [1] news.yahoo.com/global-north-greenwash-festival-greta-194235795.html
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While it may be easy criticise and true that COP26 fell short of its targets, the conference is a step forward in solving climate change no matter how incremental the steps. Thunberg herself does not have the answers to the incredibly difficult economic and climate balance that needs to be struck here, with 60% of the world's electrical supply and nearly all global logistics relying on fossil fuels these political figures cannot simply force divestment without risking serious food shortages and possibly famine. This is much more complicated than activists like Thunberg seem to understand, and the world leaders at COP are the only ones that can make the big enough change needed. But at the end of the day real change is up to member states, one COP meeting will not solve climate change, and while some activists may be wrong to expect everything to change overnight they should keep protesting, keep voting for the right candidates as these politicians are the only one that can act on this level.

medium.com/grab-a-slice/greta-thunberg-is-wrong-3f07da47a2dd bbc.com/news/science-environment-56901261 theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/10/individuals-climate-crisis-government-planet-priority

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Greta Thunburg is right about COP26; there are more delegates from the fossil fuel industry at COP26 than from any single country giving them the largest presence of any group or country at the conference. According to campaigners at Global Witness who analysed the guest list of the event, 503 people were there representing fossil fuel companies; the next largest group was Brazilian delegates at 479 representatives, which was the biggest delegation of any country. These fossil fuel representatives are clearly using the event to lobby politicians and to steer policy in their favour, hence the accusation of greenwashing. COP clearly needs to ban lobbyists from fossil fuel companies or there is little option left than for protest methods to expand to sabotage and more violent means. We have this seen outcome recently following the police murder of George Floyd in 2020 when protesters burnt down a police precinct in frustration at the constant inaction surround racist police murder in the US, the longer people in power quash reform in such a corrupt way the more social pressure will begin to burst at the seams.

commondreams.org/news/2021/11/08/fossil-fuel-lobbyists-have-larger-presence-cop26-any-single-country-report news.yahoo.com/cop26-fossil-fuel-industry-largest-001409190.html bbc.com/news/science-environment-59199484 newsweek.com/54-americans-think-burning-down-minneapolis-police-precinct-was-justified-after-george-floyds-1508452 thebristolcable.org/2021/11/cop-26-climate-protest-bristol-andreas-malm-why-climate-activists-should-engage-in-sabotage

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Greta Thunburg is right about COP26; there are more delegates from the fossil fuel industry at COP26 than from any single country giving them the largest presence of any group or country at the conference. According to campaigners at Global Witness who analysed the guest list of the event, 503 people were there representing fossil fuel companies; the next largest group was Brazilian delegates at 479 representatives, which was the biggest delegation of any country. These fossil fuel representatives are clearly using the event to lobby politicians and to steer policy in their favour, hence the accusation of greenwashing. COP clearly needs to ban lobbyists from fossil fuel companies or there is little option left than for protest methods to expand to sabotage and more violent means. We have this seen outcome recently following the police murder of George Floyd in 2020 when protesters burnt down a police precinct in frustration at the constant inaction surround racist police murder in the US, the longer people in power quash reform in such a corrupt way the more social pressure will begin to burst at the seams.
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