Extinction Rebellion holds ‘funeral ceremony’ in Glasgow landmark today to symbolize ‘failure’ of COP26

Climate activists will today hold a ‘funeral ceremony’ at a landmark in Glasgow to symbolize COP26’s ‘failure’.

Extinction Rebellion will hold ‘mourning ceremony’ at Glasgow Necropolis this morning as climate conference comes to an end.

Starting from Glasgow Cathedral at 11 this morning (Saturday) the red rebels will lead a procession dressed in black robes across the Church Lane Bridge, locally known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.

The performers will lie down next to rows of individual tombstones. Red rebels will walk between the tombstones and perform mourning positions. The Blue Rebels, a Scottish group similar to the Red Rebels, will escort “COP26”, who will lie down to complete the pattern. A pipe will play lamentations, including ‘The Flowers of the Forest’.

The ceremony follows a day of action in Glasgow, where a topless activist was arrested for protesting by JP Morgan, a group that spray-painted “Blood Money” on Barclays bank, two activists pouring red paint and fake blood over themselves at the entrance to COP26. Blue Zone, and an activist arrested for trying to “jump over the fence” and enter the Blue Zone complex.

The group has paid tribute COP26 as ‘another sign of failure’.

Climate Action Tracker (CAT), the world’s most respected climate analysis coalition, released estimates based on short-term goals set by countries at COP26. It concludes that global temperature rises will peak at 2.4C, with catastrophic consequences, with even the most optimistic scenario exceeding the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target.

Karen, an XR member from the Isle of Barra, said: We mourn here over a planet that has been sacrificed by the failure and stupidity of COP26. The much-needed minimum from COP26 was a commitment to leave oil in the ground and an immediate halt to fossil fuel financing. Anything less than that is idiocy.

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“As intelligent life on this planet, we are already extinct. We know exactly what to do, and we do not.”

After the talks at COP26, calls on countries to speed up the phasing out of “undiminished coal and” inefficient fossil fuel subsidies “survived in a new version of the agreement.

The latest draft, published more than 13 hours after the end of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, also calls on countries to “revisit and strengthen” their 2030 emission reduction targets by the end of 2022.

This is seen as the key to keeping the target of limiting global warming to 1.5C, beyond which the worst effects of extreme weather and rising seas could be felt, within reach, although it does not specifically refer to the 1.5C target. .

It calls on the countries to revise the targets “as necessary to adapt to the temperature targets of the Paris Agreement before the end of 2022, taking into account different national circumstances”.

In the Paris Agreement of 2015, countries pledged to limit temperature rises to “well below” 2C and try to limit them to 1.5C to avoid the most dangerous consequences of storms, droughts, crop failures, floods and diseases.

Scientists have warned that a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees requires global emissions to be reduced by 45% by 2030 and to zero by the middle of the century.

But despite the countries’ commitment to update their action plans, known as nationally set contributions, for emission reductions up to 2030 in the time leading up to Glasgow, recent promises leave the world well on track to reach the target.


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