Around the world, thousands of people took to the streets to demand climate and energy justice from world leaders, as well as the protection of the human rights of environmental activists.
These days, 35,000 delegates and more than 100 heads of state participate in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in Egypt. However, several organizations affirm that the efforts are not enough.
In recent weeks, international organizations and scientists from around the world have published reports warning about the delicate situation that the planet is going through in terms of climate. For example, they assure that this year the heat waves, floods, intense periods of rain and hurricanes were increasingly frequent and intense.
Last Friday, the latest report from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) announced that emissions of carbon dioxide (CO₂), the main greenhouse gas, have increased and will reach record levels this year. This means that the promise of not increasing the temperature by more than 1.5°C by the end of the century is getting further and further away.
Although COP27 seeks to address the climate crisis, various organizations have denounced inconsistencies at the conference. For example, according to the European activist group Transport and Environment, several world leaders arrived in Egypt on private planes, despite the fact that they pollute 5 to 14 times more per passenger than commercial flights.
More than 500 climate activists marched this Saturday inside the COP27 venue. During the protests, they demanded financing commitments to repair the damages and losses caused by climatic impacts, as well as maintaining the objective of not exceeding 1.5 °C of temperature by the end of the century.
“We are very limited in terms of freedom of expression due to the guidelines established by the UN” to protest within the official zone of the summit, rules that for example prevent pointing out specific governments,” Pablo Chamorro, coordinator of mobilizations of Greenpeace said.
In various cities of the European country, including Bilbao, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Murcia, Córdoba, Granada, Gijón, A Coruña and Logroño, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate.
In the Spanish capital, Madrid, more than 5,000 people gathered under the slogan ‘Climate and energy justice now. We demand action’, according to data from the Government Delegation in Madrid.
In Germany, more than 2,000 climate activists protested against the possible demolition of the town of Lützerath (west) for the exploitation of an open-cast mine in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
According to EFE, the call was supported by organizations such as Fridays for Future, Greenpeace and other movements against climate change, within the so-called Global Day of Action and COP27.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Lisbon today to protest the use of fossil fuels and the current climate crisis. As reported by the authorities, in the “Climate March” they broke into the headquarters of the College of Accountants where the Minister of Economy, António Costa Silva, was present, to demand his resignation.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London today as part of a series of demonstrations across the country, demanding faster action on climate change from the government.
Organized by the Climate Justice Coalition (CJC), the protesters targeted the Cop27 international climate summit taking place in Egypt, claiming that world leaders’ efforts to stop a climate catastrophe are not going far enough.
“I am here today because climate protesters here and around the world are being jailed at a time when global carbon emissions are at an all time high,” said Extinction Rebellion member and media representative Amelia.
New York, US
More than a dozen protesters, including scientists, were arrested Thursday at private airports in the United States, coinciding with similar actions around the world to highlight the cost of private planes on the environment, activists said.
The protests come six weeks before the UN climate summit COP27, where the focus is on three key areas, including reducing emissions, helping countries adapt to and deal with climate change, and ensuring technical support and financing for developing countries, among others.
Republic of Congo
Climate change has caused irreparable damage that has led developing countries to demand compensation for “loss and damage” from developed countries in the midst of the COP27 summit.
On Saturday, hundreds of environmental activists blocked Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, which is home to several private planes.
In this image, climate activists from Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion can be seen sitting in front of what appears to be the wheels of a private plane. The protest reportedly lasted for hours and more than 100 activists were detained.
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