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Greta Thunberg sings “You can shove your climate crisis up your arse” with Glasgow protesters at COP26

She was among hundreds of activists in Glasgow protesting nearby the COP26 climate summit

By Hollie Geraghty

Greta Thunberg waves on an escalator surrounded by crowds as she arrives in Glasgow
Greta Thunberg was mobbed by crowds when she arrived in Glasgow for COP26 (Photo: Instagram).

Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined protesters in Glasgow yesterday (November 1) singing “You can shove your climate crisis up your arse”.

She was among hundreds of activists in Festival Park demonstrating at one of several protests sparked by the arrival of world leaders for the COP26 climate conference.

A Twitter user shared the clip which Thunberg captioned “When in Scotland…”.

Speaking to the crowd, the 18-year-old activist said: “Inside COP there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously, pretending to take the present seriously of the people who are being affected already today by the climate crisis.

“Change is not going to come from inside there. That is not leadership – this is leadership.

“We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet.”

She added: “We’re sick and tired of it and we’re going to make the change whether they like it or not.”

This morning the summit’s first major deal was announced as more than 100 world leaders promised to end deforestation by 2030.

Boris Johnson described the deal as a “landmark” commitment from “more leaders than ever”. 

“We have to stop the devastating loss of our forests,” he said, and “end the role of humanity as nature’s conqueror, and instead become nature’s custodian”.

Yesterday the Prime Minister also announced that the UK will give £3billion to developing countries to fund green technology.

“I want to see the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution go global,” Johnson said. “The pace of change on clean technology and infrastructure is incredible, but no country should be left behind in the race to save our planet.”

Sir David Attenborough also warned world leaders yesterday that humanity is “already in trouble”, but spoke of the potential for a “wonderful recovery”.

He said: “In my lifetime I’ve witnessed a terrible decline, in yours you could and should witness a wonderful recovery. That desperate hope is why the world is looking to you, and why you are here.”