Campaigners from across the world have arrived in Glasgow for the start of international climate talks tomorrow morning.
The Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, came by train into Glasgow Central Station where a large group of photographers was waiting.
She joined Vanessa Nakate from Uganda, Dominika Lasota from Poland, and Mitzi Tan from the Philippines in an emergency appeal for climate action.
They demanded an immediate end to all fossil fuel investments, subsidies and new projects. They said:
“We are catastrophically far from the crucial goal of 1.5°C, and yet governments everywhere are still accelerating the crisis, spending billions on fossil fuels.
“This is not a drill. It’s code red for the Earth. Millions will suffer as our planet is devastated — a terrifying future that will be created, or avoided, by the decisions you make. You have the power to decide.
“As citizens across the planet, we urge you to face up to the climate emergency. Not next year. Not next month. Now”
Church bells, a traditional warning sign of danger, rang across the UK this evening, from Truro to Norwich and Chichester to Edinburgh.
#bellringing at @CCathedral this evening as part of the Ring out for Climate Change ahead of #COP26 We were being filmed for TV too. @chelmsdio @chelmsfordcr @chelmsford @chelmscouncil #bells #churchbells #cathedralbells #cathedrals_and_churches #cathedralsofengland #ringing pic.twitter.com/6e6xYtVOMF— Chelmsford Bells (@BellsChelmsford) October 30, 2021
Earlier, members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland, dressed in blue, welcomed campaigners from across Europe to Glasgow.
EVENING REFLECTIONS— Extinction Rebellion Scotland 🌍 (@ScotlandXr) October 30, 2021
🎊What a great start to the rebellion!
⛳️Pilgrims arrived in Glasgow from throughout Europe, incl Sweden, Germany & Spain.
Glasgow’s own Blue Rebels welcomed them.
🐍 The Serpent of Capitalism & drumming bands lead them through the city to George Square! pic.twitter.com/KeQJfGLSVI
A group of walkers finally arrived in the city this afternoon after beginning their journey in Newhaven in East Sussex in August. They wore a coat of hopes which has been decorated with embroidered patches from the places they passed through.
The closing session of the Conference of Youth, also held in Glasgow, was disrupted by young delegates. They interrupted the speech of the COP26 president-delegate, Alok Sharma, calling for climate justice.
This afternoon, high security surrounded the Scottish Events Campus, where COP26 is taking place. Nearby roads are closed to vehicles and participants have to go through checkpoints to reach the venue.
The talks open tomorrow at 10am, with the handover of the COP presidency from Carolina Schmidt, of Chile, to the UK’s Alok Sharma.
On Monday, Boris Johnson will welcome heads of state and governments for the two-day World Leaders’ Summit. Earlier today he warned that failure to tackle climate change would prompt “very difficult geopolitical events”.
This evening, the opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer, accused Mr Johnson of lowering expectations for the talks. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he said:
“the Prime Minister is turning into a commentator, rather than a leader in relation to Cop26, lowering expectations by a commentary instead of leadership on the global stage”,
Reporting by DrillOrDrop in Glasgow has been made possible by individual donations from readers