Glasgow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 30, 2021): Hundreds of activists gathered in Glasgow on Saturday to urge world leaders to act on climate change, during the biggest protests to date in the Scottish city ahead of the crucial summit of COP26.
Participants had come from far and wide, including several other European countries, some having traveled long distances, to voice their frustrations at the United Nations conference starting on Sunday and running through November 12.
Protesters then marched through the center of Scotland’s largest city, holding up placards bearing slogans such as ‘act now’, ‘action, not talk’ and ‘stop fossil fuels’.
They were led by members of the direct action group Extinction Rebellion, which crippled cities around the world with its protest tactics and pledged to do the same in Glasgow.
“We are waiting for more ambitious measures, that our political leaders are aware of the urgency of the situation,” Belgian retiree Dirk van Esbroeck told AFP.
“Because our children, our grandchildren risk living in a much more complicated world, which is going to suffer from serious climatic changes.” He and about 20 other members of a group known as âclimate grandparentsâ had traveled by train from Belgium to Edinburgh before walking the last 75 kilometers to Glasgow.
“There is still a long way to go between declarations and action,” added the 68-year-old, who has five children and 12 grandchildren.
More than 100 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, are expected to attend the summit, seen as essential in the fight against climate change.
Activists from around the world will also be in attendance, with organizers expecting up to 100,000 people at a large protest on Friday.
“We just want to see concrete measures, we also want to see support for the countries of the South,” said Becky Stockes, a 31-year-old translator who had walked from Spain.
“This is the last chance,” she added of the rally.
Student Maciej Walczuk, 19, noted that despite 25 previous COP-type summits, “the climate situation is as bad as it has ever been”.
“We aspire to a different COP … and (to) create solutions for those already affected,” he said.
Police said around 10,000 officers from across the UK would be deployed each day during the summit, the largest police operation ever in Scotland.