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UK News Environment activists will head to Cop26 on ‘climate train’

12:01  14 october  2021
12:01  14 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

Thousands march in Brussels to demand tougher climate action

  Thousands march in Brussels to demand tougher climate action BRUSSELS (AP) — Dressed as endangered fish or tigers or wearing toy polar bears on their heads, demonstrators marched through Brussels on Sunday to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow starting this month. Thousands of people and 80 organizations took part in the protest, aiming for the biggest such event in the European Union's capital since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which stopped the climate movement’s weekly marches in its tracks. © Provided by Associated Press Protestors hold signs as they participate in a climate march and demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

What is COP 26 and what does COP stand for? COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994. Instead, the main focus ended up being climate activist Greta Thunberg, who arrived from her transatlantic journey by sailing boat just in time to join the event. There were also big protests by young people - angry at the lack of progress being made by leaders to fight climate change - in the Spanish capital.

The complete guide to Cop 26 . Your Cop 26 jargon buster. Who’s who at the climate summit. Kerry, special envoy for climate to Joe Biden, gave an upbeat assessment of the prospects for Cop 26 , which begins in Glasgow at the end of this month, saying he anticipated “surprising announcements” from key countries. “The measure of success at Glasgow is we will have the largest, most significant increase in ambition [on cutting emissions] by more countries than everyone ever imagined possible.

A group of environmental activists from around Europe will head to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow on board a specially chartered “climate train”.

Cop26 is being hosted by Glasgow (Jane Barlow/PA) © Jane Barlow Cop26 is being hosted by Glasgow (Jane Barlow/PA)

Around 500 people, who will also include representatives of the rail industry and policymakers, will set off from Amsterdam on October 30.

The journey has been billed as “Rail to the Cop” and is organised by Youth for Sustainable Travel, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2019 to join Cop25.

After leaving Amsterdam they will travel via Rotterdam and Brussels to London, before taking an Avanti West Coast train to Glasgow.

COP 26: In Brussels, tens of thousands of people demonstrate for the climate

 COP 26: In Brussels, tens of thousands of people demonstrate for the climate nearly 80 militant groups, gathered under the "coalition climate" banner, had called on this first major walk for the climate since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic. Several dozens of protesters took part © Nicolas Maeterlinck / Belga / AFP protesters of the climate march in Brussels on October 10, 2021.

Climate Voices Festival On the eve of COP 26 , the BBC’s 45 local and nations radio services across the UK will join forces with BBC World Service and international BBC Charity, Media Action, for a global Climate Voices Festival, capturing the thoughts and feelings of 5-24 year olds and finding out what The station will be putting a call out for anyone with a story to tell, whether it be about a project they’ve worked on, how they’ve been inspired by the work of young activists like Greta Thunberg, or simply sharing their own thoughts and feelings about climate change. In addition, Radio 1’s Life Hacks will

With COP 26 around the corner, many are hoping these issues will be front-and-center. But few will get the chance to travel to Glasgow. "Underrepresented groups are left out, yet they are the groups who are already the most affected by the climate crisis," Nigerian climate activist Kelo Uchendu told AFP from the southern city of Enugu. The 25-year-old mechanical engineering graduate hopes issues like this will be brought to the attention of the head of COP 26 , Alok Sharma. He has helped collect activists ' input to local COPs (Conference of the Parties) across Africa to be handed to Sharma at the meeting.

The organisations behind the climate train, who include parts of the European rail industry, say they want to promote rail transport as an alternative to aviation.


Video: Cop26: Five graphs that show the reality of climate change (PA Media)

Delegations from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium will be on board.

Mara de Pater, chairwoman of Youth for Sustainable Travel, said: “It is a unique opportunity to have all these different groups together on the train.

“We organised a programme on the train to bring the different expertise and perspectives into discussion in dialogues and workshops.

“The core theme in these sessions is fair and sustainable transition in the travel industry.”

She added: “However, at the moment, air traffic is much more attractive than the train due to legislation and regulations.

“Airlines, for example, hardly pay any taxes, whereas train companies do.”

ScotRail workers confirm they WILL strike during COP26 .
There are fears the city will be paralysed by transport chaos and could turn into a 'huge rubbish dump' when it welcomes leaders from around the world during the first two weeks of November. Members of the RMT union said workers will strike from November 1 to 12 after Scotrail 'failed to get serious' in talks. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Thousands of delegates from across the globe, including world leaders such as US president Joe Biden, will be in Scotland for the historic event.

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