Stock Groups

Meet the youth activists fighting for climate action at COP26


Cop26 Summit in Glasgow saw police and demonstrators join an Extinction Rebellion march. Picture date: Wednesday November 3, 2021.

PA Images | PA Images | Getty Images

GLASGOW, Scotland — Youth activists on the frontlines of the climate crisis have come to the COP26 summit to push for an end to inaction, urging politicians and business leaders to do all they can to meet the crucial goalGlobal heating should be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Tens to thousands of protesters marchedOver the weekend, protestors marched through Glasgow’s rainy streets to call for urgent action to address the climate crisis.

Placards with slogans like “COP26 Act now!” were displayed on placards. Placards with slogans such as “COP26 Act Now!” and “We Need Action Not Promises!” were displayed in central London, where many people chanted “system changes, not climate.” The summit is just a short bus ride away continued behind closed doors

As the world’s best hope to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, COP26 was seen as humanity’s final and most important chance. The conference is entering its second week and there are no signs that they will achieve their goal.

Patience Nabukalu (Uganda)

Patience Nabukalu (24-years old activist from Uganda) said that she believes in the power of people as CNBC gathered at George Square in Glasgow, Friday. “And we have the power, not leaders.”

Nabukalu slammed U.N. officials for failing to address the climate crisis.

We are in crisis and they are making promises for the future. They must act immediately. We demand solutions, not promises. “We want solutions, not promises,” she said. They are currently negotiating how to not top 1.5 [degrees Celsius]”1.2, however, is already hell to me.”

Uganda, an East African country known as the “pearl of Africa”, has experienced adverse weather events like prolonged dry spells and greater rainfalls.

This is why the World Bank recognized that climate change was a significant threat to Uganda’s sustainable development efforts and attempts to end poverty.

At a protest held in Glasgow on November 5, 2021, people are seen congregating on George Square.

Peter Summers | Getty Images News | Getty Images

Climate change is a worldwide crisis. The problem is not only in Africa; it affects all countries. This is what it looks like… Many are dying [and]”There are many people affected by this crisis,” Nabukalu stated.

We have the power to make a difference. The future lies in our hands, and we have the chance to make a difference. We have the opportunity to make it happen.

Laura Aguilar in Colombia

Aguilar answered when asked about what needed to be done to make COP26 a success: “For COP to express its regret to the people of low- and medium-income countries for not being accessible, for not being committed, and generally for being blind.”

The spokesperson representing the U.K. COP presidency stated last week that it is “committed” to hosting an inclusive COP, and making sure the voices of people most affected by climate change are a priority.

Xiye Bastida, Mexico-Chile

We are so excited. “We feel so energized.

It is impossible to do this if we are based on competition, individualism, and burning ourselves out. That foundation must be changed.

People shouldn’t give Mother Earth protection for criminal reasons. It should be the opposite.

Xiye Bastida

Climate justice activist

Bastida claimed that Indigenous communities came to Glasgow for safety reasons.

Global Witness released a Sept. 13 report identifying Latin America as one of the most perilous places for environmental activists. According to the analysis, 2020 was the worst year ever for environmental activists. Latin America is responsible for nearly three-quarters the global attacks.

They will face attacks by government officials, police and companies if they try to protest the many happenings in Indigenous communities all over the world. Therefore, they must fly across the globe in order to get to places where protesting can be peacefully expressed to their governments.

“That shouldn’t be the case … The protection that people are giving Mother Earth shouldn’t be what’s criminal, it should be the other way around.”

Brianna Fruean, Samoa

Samoa, a Pacific island nation that is particularly at risk from the climate crisis due to its agricultural land being mainly located along the coastline and under threat by rising sea levels, is vulnerable.

Nearly 40% of Samoa’s total national production is in the agricultural sector. It’s feared that the expected and current occurrence of severe weather could result in irreparable damage and loss of food crops, as well as other livelihood materials upon which approximately 200,000 people depend.

Brianna Fruean is a young Samoan activist who delivered his speech to a panel that included different ministers about climate empowerment at the Climate Summit COP25, Ifema which took place on December 10, 2019, in Madrid, Spain.

Jesús Hellín | Europa Press | Getty Images

“The question really is whether you can have the political will and the words to make the right decisions, then to take the necessary actions. Brianna Fruean (a young environmental activist for Samoa) is a great example of this. saidCOP26 Nov.

“We’re not victims of the crisis. These young people have proven to be resilient and a source of hope. Pacific youth rallied around the cry “We’re not drowning”: We’re fighting! This is our war cry for the world.

Txai Surui, Brazil

Txai Suui, a Brazilian Amazonian indigenous climate activist, stated at the opening of COP26: “Today, the climate is heating, animals are disappearing and rivers are dying. And our plants don’t blossom like they used to.”

The Earth is talking. Surui added that the Earth is telling us she has no time left and suggested that Indigenous communities should be included in U.N. Climate talks. We need to take a new path with global and bold changes. “It is not 2030, 2050 or even 2050. It is now.”

Surui stated that “we have ideas to delay the end of this world.” Believe that it is possible. Let our utopia become a reality.