The 18-year-old Swedish activist spoke to fellow climate campaigners outside the venue hosting the COP26 Summit in Glasgow to deliver a brutal rant aimed at international leaders. Greta Thunberg cast doubt about the commitment of attendees to address the threat of the climate crisis, urging the crowd to lead the change. Ms Thunberg said: “Inside COP, there’s just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously, pretending to take the present seriously of the people already affected today by the climate crisis.
She added: “They’ve kept on going for too long. It’s not good enough anymore.”
Ms Thunberg is expected to take part in demonstrations during the summit, including a march through the city on Friday, organised by campaigning organisation Fridays for Future Scotland.
The demonstration will walk from Kelvingrove Park to George Square.
She is also expected to speak at a rally taking place on Saturday, hosted by the Cop26 Coalition, which will march from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of the dangers of rising temperatures, jeopardising food supplies for hundreds of millions of people, more wildfires, and eventually the loss of whole cities such as Miami, Alexandria, and Shanghai.
Mr Johnson said: “The longer we fail to act and the worse it gets and the higher the price when we are forced by catastrophe to act.”
Coining a phrase from activist Greta Thunberg, he warned that the promises to limit global temperature rise under the Paris Agreement would be “nothing but blah blah blah”.
And the anger and impatience of the world would be “uncontainable” unless Cop26 was the moment leaders got real about climate change, he said.