COP26, day 5: thousands of young people in the streets to cry out about the climate emergency and denounce the “bla-bla-bla” of the leaders

Find every day at the end of the day the highlights of the 26e United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) for the climate, to be held until November 12, as well as insights from journalists from the World.

What you must remember :

  • Young people in the streets to denounce the “bla-bla-bla” of the leaders, Greta Thunberg describes as a “failure” the COP26

They want action, and not ” bla bla bla “. Accusing world leaders of making empty promises, thousands of young people marched in the streets, Friday, November 5, in Glasgow (Scotland), to push governments to act, at the end of the first week of COP26. Two days of demonstrations are planned in the Scottish city to cry out for the climate emergency, in the face of the devastating effects, everywhere on the planet, of the rise in temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Carrying banners, such as “Defend the future”, adolescents, young adults and children chanted “What do we want?” Climate justice! And for when? For now ! “

“Protests like this put pressure on those in power”Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate commented. Like millions of young people, she was inspired by the Swedish Greta Thunberg and her initiative Fridays for Future (“Fridays for the future”): middle school and high school students skip school on Fridays to appeal to the chefs. State and government actions against climate change.

Launched in November 2018, then interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, these weekly demonstrations have been resuming for a few weeks. At their head, always, their muse, Greta Thunberg, whose shocking formulas are found on the banners.

Just like the ” bla bla bla “ which punctuate his accusations for a few months. “It’s no secret that COP26 is a failure”, she launched to several thousand activists gathered Friday, describing the conference as “Celebration of ‘business as usual’ and blah-blah”. Political leaders “Cannot ignore the scientific consensus and they cannot ignore us”, she said. “Our leaders are not showing the way, this is what leadership looks like”, she continued, pointing to the crowd.

  • Stop financing fossil fuels abroad: why France is not one of the signatories

Twenty countries and five public banks they are engaged, Thursday, to end foreign funding of fossil energy projects by the end of 2022 and to prioritize support “To the transition to clean energy”. Among the signatories are large investors, such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as the French Development Agency… but not France.

Why ? Paris has decided to stick to its objectives adopted in October 2020 in its Climate plan for public export financing : stop support for oil in 2025, and support for gas no later than 2035 – coal and unconventional hydrocarbons, such as shale or tar sands, are no longer supported.

“It’s far too late for the climate emergency. This does not respond to calls from science and the International Energy Agency [AIE] », regrets Anna-Lena Rebaud, climate campaign manager at Friends of the Earth. In May, the IEA called for an immediate end to all investment in new oil or gas installations, in order to hope to achieve the objective of carbon neutrality in 2050.

Today’s statements:

“Save our planet”

“No planet B”

“Let’s change the system, not the climate”

Placard slogans held up by children and adolescents at the climate protest on Friday in Glasgow.

The photo of the day:

In the midst of COP26, and while China is increasing its coal production, the image is striking. The city of Beijing closed its playgrounds on Friday (November 5th) due to air pollution. China, the world's largest polluter, is under fire at the climate conference in Glasgow for the absence of President Xi Jinping.


Although scientists agree on the essential role of the oceans in climate regulation, they remain largely neglected by policy makers. The Conference of the Parties is the occasion to launch a solemn appeal for “Ocean action”, even if it does not lead to any decision.

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The report :

Scotland is failing to take advantage of the proliferation of wind projects off its coasts. A politically sensitive reconversion, while 100,000 people still work in the oil and gas sector.

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Words to understand COP26:

Greenhouse gas

When the Earth is illuminated by the Sun, its surface re-emits part of the radiation it has received back to space. Greenhouse gases (GHGs), present in the Earth’s atmosphere, retain some of this infrared radiation emitted by the Earth and return it to it, which helps to warm it.

The main greenhouse gases emitted by human activity are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and ozone (O3). Their accumulation in the atmosphere since the start of the industrial era, which reached record levels, is responsible for most of global warming. We say that climate change is anthropogenic, that is to say of human origin.

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The number :

14 000

This is the number of scientific studies on which the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is based. The latter, written by 234 scientists from 66 countries, concludes that disruption is affecting all regions of the world, at a very rapid rate, and that it is intensifying in an unprecedented manner.

“This report shows that climate change is a journey of no return, but that today we are deciding our future path”, summarizes the climatologist Christophe Cassou, research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and one of the authors of the report.

For the first time, the IPCC shows that the role of human activities is ” unequivocal ” on global warming, leading to “Rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and biosphere”.

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Solutions for the planet:

At home, on hundreds of square meters of garden, and even on a few square meters of courtyard, terrace or balcony, a few square centimeters of windowsill, ordinary flora and fauna can be protected.

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COP26, day 5: thousands of young people in the streets to cry out about the climate emergency and denounce the “bla-bla-bla” of the leaders