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Tens of thousands of climate protesters took to the streets in Glasgow, London and around the world today in a demand for swifter action to combat the global heating crisis.

In Glasgow, up to 50,000 people were expected to join a march from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green, as the first week of Cop26 draws to a close.

The march in London culminated in a rally at Trafalgar Square.

The demonstrations came as dozens of governments detailed their plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Leaders at Cop26 will also promise to tackle the way land is used, including the destruction of forest to make room for crops like soy and palm oil.

Key points

  • World governments pledge to cut farming emissions

  • Tens of thousands to protest slow pace of climate reform

  • Exclusive: Many Conservative MPs still believe climate crisis ‘a myth'

  • ‘We can not rely on our leaders to save us anymore,’ say scientists

  • Climate crisis is already killing Britain’s birds and 90% of puffins could be dead by 2050

  • Over 130 countries now committed to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030

  • Inaction risks worsening plight of Africans, says activist

  • Police kettled protesters for ‘using anarchist black bloc tactics’

  • Bagpipes and dhol play ‘Scotland the Brave’ for Indian farmers

Cop26 climate talks: World governments pledge to cut farming emissions

07:47 , Jon Sharman

Dozens of governments are due to pledge urgent action and investment to protect nature and shift to more sustainable ways of farming at the Glasgow climate talks, writes Jane Dalton.

Announcing plans to reform agricultural practices, the UK government acknowledged there was “an urgent need to reform the way we grow and consume food” to tackle climate change.

But it failed to mention reducing meat and dairy consumption - despite warnings that it will be impossible to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C without dramatic cuts worldwide in their production.

World governments pledge to cut farming emissions

Climate protests planned today - follow along as The Independent covers them live and on the ground

07:49 , Jon Sharman

Good morning. There will be a number of climate protests taking place in the UK and around the world today.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected take to the streets in London, Glasgow and elsewhere in Britain.

The marches come after thousands of youth activists, including Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate marched through Glasgow on Friday protesting against investment in fossil fuels and failure to tackle the climate crisis.

Many have already begun marching in Australia.

During a march in Sydney, young people demanded: “Abolish the rich to save the planet.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

‘Global north greenwash festival’: Greta Thunberg slams Cop26

08:18 , Jon Sharman

An estimated 25,000 protesters – many of whom were children and young people – gathered in Glasgow city centre on Friday to call on the privileged and powerful leaders inside the halls of Cop26 to act faster on the climate crisis.

Among them were some of the most recognisable faces of the Fridays For Future (FFF) school strike movement including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, and Mitzi Jonelle Tan from the Philippines, writes Louise Boyle.

Several hours after a jubilant crowd began to gather on the sunny but cold afternoon, Ms Thunberg took to the stage. She began by calling Cop26 a “failure” and accused world leaders of actively creating loopholes to benefit themselves and to “continue profiting from this destructive system”.

‘A global north greenwash festival’: Greta Thunberg slams Cop26 at protest

Cop26: What happens after world leaders leave the climate summit?

08:47 , Jon Sharman

It has been an eventful first week at the Cop26 climate summit, writes Daisy Dunne.

The first few days saw world leaders such as President Joe Biden, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and India’s Narendra Modi descend on Glasgow to make new promises on tackling the climate crisis. Mr Modi stole the show on Monday when he announced India would aim for net zero by 2070.

But what happens now that all the world leaders have gone?

Cop26: What happens after world leaders leave the climate summit?

Hundreds protest across Australia

09:06 , Jon Sharman

More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in Australia's biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne to protest against the government's climate policies and the strategies it offered at a UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Sydney's first legal protest after a months-long Covid-19 lockdown saw about 1,000 people march in support of global action day for climate justice, a worldwide movement mobilised during the Cop26 meeting.

"We're all out here to show that we want more from our government," said Georgia, one of the protesters.

Marchers carried signs reading, "We need human change, not climate change" and "Code Red for Humanity".

A week of government speeches and pledges at the two-week gathering in Glasgow brought promises to phase out coal, slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane and cut deforestation.

Australia, however, has rejected the global methane pledge and campaigners and pressure groups have not been impressed by the commitments of other world leaders.

"The Cop26 agreements were happening and it's not turning out the best for Australia at the moment," added Georgia, the Sydney protester, who gave only one name.

Melbourne's protest was smaller than Sydney's, with just a few hundred people turning out for a rally that featured a giant koala bear emitting plumes of smoke, and protesters dressed as skeletons on bikes.

Several smaller events were held elsewhere in Australia.

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Opinion: We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why

09:30 , Jon Sharman

We almost know for a fact that Cop26 will fail, writes Donnachadh McCarthy.

Why? Because there is a terrible silent lie being propagated by the British government and the United Nations: they know we have to ban all new fossil fuel investments as a crucial step to have any hope of staying below a 1.5C rise in temperatures – yet the three key players setting the agenda have refused to table a ban at the conference.

Opinion: We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why

The Independent launches petition calling on world leaders to act immediately on the climate crisis

09:45 , Jon Sharman

The Independent has launched a petition calling on world leaders to take meaningful action on the climate crisis immediately.

We believe the world can’t afford to wait for action to tackle the climate emergency and we want global leaders at the Cop26 UN climate summit to agree on securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping the 1.5C target from Paris within reach.

Sign The Independent’s petition calling for climate crisis action

Animal rights group says farming pledge doesn’t include enough countries

09:59 , Jon Sharman

Today’s pledge by dozens of countries to cut farming emissions and overhaul land use to benefit the environment is welcome but may not be enough, animal rights campaigners have said.

Lindsay Duncan, from World Animal Protection, said: “We welcome the commitment by the 45 countries that have pledged to cut farming emissions, however this is a minority of countries that are acknowledging the issue and the pledge needs to go much further.

“There needs to be an immediate moratorium on factory farms and governments need to support a reduction in meat consumption, not just to achieve a reduction in emissions but also to achieve the deforestation commitment made earlier this week.

“Deforestation is driven by the production of animal feed and livestock production and our global demand for cheap meat is fuelling this destruction.”

One in 15 Conservative MPs believe climate change is a ‘myth’, poll finds

10:25 , Jon Sharman

One in 15 Conservative MPs still do not believe that climate change is real, exclusive polling for The Independent shows.

A survey of more than 100 cross-party MPs found scepticism about global warming and the impact of human activity remains relatively strong among Tory politicians, writes Adam Forrest.

Five per cent of Conservatives said the scientific phenomenon of climate change – currently mobilising world leaders at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow – is “a myth”.

One in 15 Tory MPs believe climate change is a ‘myth’, poll finds

Police helicopters patrol skies over Glasgow

10:44 , Jon Sharman

Police helicopters buzzed over Glasgow early Saturday as authorities prepared for a second day of protests by climate activists demanding faster action to curb global warming.

Despite light rain and strong winds, tens of thousands of people were expected to join a rally through the Scottish city where this year's UN climate talks are being held.

Inside the conference venue, negotiators knuckled down for a seventh day of talks to finish draft agreements that can be passed to ministers for political approval next week.

Among the issues being haggled over at the talks by almost 200 countries are a fresh commitment to the goal of capping global warming at 1.5C, getting countries to review their efforts more frequently, and financial support for poor nations.

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‘Words must become action’ on land use, says leading charity

11:03 , Jon Sharman

Cop26 will go down as a failure unless governments follow through on their promises to overhaul agriculture and land use, a leading environmental charity has said.

Fauna and Flora International (FFI) said it would be impossible to hit the Paris target of 1.5C of warming without protecting “natural carbon sinks” like forest and peatland.

Joanna Elliott, FFI’s senior conservation director, said: “At the halfway point in the summit, there is a cautious optimism that Cop26 could be remembered as the moment a groundswell of governments and businesses recognised that nature protection must be a central pillar of climate action.

“There is no credible pathway to net zero or to limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C without urgent action to safeguard the natural carbon sinks that are our most important allies in this fight: tropical forests, peatlands, mangroves, seagrasses and other biodiversity-rich, carbon-rich ecosystems all over the world.

“But whether Cop26 goes down in history as a turning point or a wasted opportunity depends on what happens next. Words must become action. There can be no back-pedalling, no equivocation. And, crucially, natural climate solutions must not be viewed as an alternative by anyone – governments or businesses – to the rapid phase-out of fossil fuels. We need both.

“We need to see ‘nature positive’ principles applied across all aspects of private and public sector activity, at home and abroad. And while today’s confirmation of £500mn in UK government funding to protect rainforests through support for sustainable agriculture and forestry is welcome, we need to know who can access this funding and how.”

Crucial climate negotiations to reach a crunch point this evening

11:18 , Jon Sharman

Good morning from Glasgow. It may be a Saturday but there is no rest for the negotiators working to hash out a global climate deal at Cop26, writes Daisy Dunne.

Negotiators worked through the night on Friday to help make progress on key issues being discussed at the summit, including the role of gender and indigenous rights in climate action, The Independent understands.

Negotiations are expected to reach a crunch point at some point this evening. This is ahead of the arrival of country ministers early next week.

People take to the streets in the Philippines

11:37 , Jon Sharman

Protesters have taken to the streets in Manila to call for faster action on the climate crisis.

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Follow our live coverage of London protest

11:59 , Emily Atkinson

Good morning from London. The Independent will be reporting live from today’s global day of action for climate justice protest as it makes its way from the Bank of England to Trafalgar Square.

Tens of thousands of activists are expected to descend on the capital this afternoon in tandem with a series of climate rallies across the world. The London protest is one of the 250 marches taking place globally today – 100 of which are happening in the UK.

Glasgow protest is underway – despite downpours

12:11 , Jon Sharman

Thousands of people have gathered in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park ahead of a march demanding faster action from Cop26 participants.

Trade unionists, politicians and other groups have joined climate activists despite poor weather.

The Met Office has forecast heavy rain for most of Saturday, but thousands of marchers have massed in and around Kelvingrove Park ahead of the procession through the city to Glasgow Green.

Some 50,000 people are expected to march through the city.

Idris Elba uses ‘big mouth’ to raise awareness of food issues

12:23 , Jon Sharman

Idris Elba has brought his star power to the UN climate talks in Glasgow to highlight the importance of helping small farmers cope with global warming.

The actor and his wife, model Sabrina Dhowre Elba, took the stage on Saturday in support of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Mr Elba said he wanted to highlight the dangers of global food chains being disrupted as small-scale farmers in particular are hit by the effects of climate change. He said that 80 per cent of the food consumed worldwide is produced by small-scale farmers.

"This conversation around food is something that needs to be really amplified, and one thing I've got is a big mouth," he said.

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London protest preparing to march on Trafalgar Square

12:53 , Jon Sharman

Hundreds of protesters have gathered at the Bank of England in central London for the start of a march through the city, while world leaders meet at Cop26 in Glasgow.

Banging steel drums, chanting "one solution" and waving Extinction Rebellion banners reading "tell the truth", the protesters said they were planning to march two miles to Trafalgar Square.

Opinion: We can’t tackle the climate crisis without investing in a caring economy

13:12 , Jon Sharman

On Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon joined other female world leaders in calling for women and girls to have a more prominent role in addressing climate change. The declaration, backed by the Scottish Government and UN Women, acknowledged that women and girls are often disproportionately impacted by climate change.

For those of us working towards an inclusive and sustainable economy, it was a welcome move – and one that Downing Street would do well to follow, writes Anna Johnston.

Opinion: We can’t tackle the climate crisis without investing in a caring economy

Protesters take to College Green in Bristol

13:22 , Jon Sharman

Among those taking part in climate protests around Britain today are demonstrators in Bristol, who took to College Green to demand action on global heating.

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London protesters make way to Trafalgar Square from Bank of England

13:59 , Jon Sharman

Demonstrators of all ages have swarmed the streets of the capital, from mother Sophie Blake with her two-month-old son Kit, to pensioners using walking sticks.

Ms Blake, 33, from Kentish Town in north London, said she had joined the protest so the government would “make the right decisions for our children” at the Glasgow summit.

Another parent, Valkan Aran, 48, from Stoke Newington, carried his four-year-old daughter Aylin on his shoulders and said he wanted to show her how to take action for her future.

Thousands of protesters have marched over a mile west from the Bank of England in central London, towards Trafalgar Square where they said they are due to be joined by Labour and Green MPs.

Climate protesters gathered outside the Bank of England before setting off (The Independent/Emily Atkinson)
Climate protesters gathered outside the Bank of England before setting off (The Independent/Emily Atkinson)

‘I worry about my grandchildren. It will be on their shoulders,’ climate protesters tell The Independent

14:15 , Jon Sharman

Climate protesters are marching through central London on their way to Trafalgar Square, writes Emily Atkinson. Currently they are in The Strand.

They want leaders at Cop26 to take quicker action to combat global heating.

Martin Jarvis, of Christian Climate Action, said: “There needs to be a sign of solidarity from all people. We have this coalition of many organisations.

“I think Cop26 is going to be a massive failure, sadly – and I think the way forward from that Is from grassroots level, for people to rise up and say ‘this is not good enough’.

“It’s rather desperate and a lot needs explaining about these decisions being made at Cop26, like Biden wanting to increase oil production.

“It seems to all of us to be going in entirely the wrong direction. I have no trust in our PM at all.

“We’re acting or of love for the planet. This is about justice – climate justice. It’s about social justice, environmental justice, the common good of all. We’re all in this together.

“That’s why I’m here. To show solidarity and shout out as much as I can.”

Climate demonstrators in the City of London today (Emily Atkinson/The Independent)
Climate demonstrators in the City of London today (Emily Atkinson/The Independent)

Brendan Bennett, another protester, said: “I have 14 grandchildren - the youngest is almost three. I’m also connected with some orphan’s charities in Kenya and Uganda. They are experiencing terrible drought and starvation, and we don’t know or hear about it.

“During my involvement in Kenya, I have seen things get worse and worse yearly.

“I worry about the future for my grandchildren. This is the least I can do. It will all be on the shoulders of our young people.”

Nayyan Iffikhar, member of Friends of the Earth, said: “Leaders have been talking about making changes, but it’s a con. We need to educate more people.”

Yaomin Ali, member of Friends of the Earth, said: “They keep making promises - but we need action. Promises need to be implemented this instant.

Shohid Ahmed, member of Friends of the Earth, said: “I think Boris Johnson needs to take climate action because Cop26 is very important to everyone. Politicians should listen to us - there are all of these floods happening around the UK, and they are not doing anything about it.”

Tuvalu PM to address Cop26 from knee-deep water

14:35 , Thomas Kingsley

Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano will address the Cop26 summit in a virtual speech given from knee deep waters in a move highlighting the impact of climate change on the island.

Tuvalu is an island country in the Pacific Ocean and is at significant threat from climate change, with warnings that increasing sea levels could see islands that make up the nation disappear.

‘We can not rely on our leaders to save us anymore,’ say scientists

14:48 , Thomas Kingsley

Charlie Gardner, an associate senior lecturer at Durell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, said scientists could not “rely on our leaders to save us anymore” and had a “moral duty to act”.

“As scientists with a deep understanding of the crisis we’re in, we have a moral duty to act. Over 15,000 scientists declared that we’re in a climate emergency, but most aren’t acting as if it´s an emergency,” he said.

“We’re taking this action to encourage others, scientists and all people, to rise up in rebellion against the system that is killing everything. This COP has failed, just like the previous 25 COPs have failed, and we cannot rely on our leaders to save us anymore.”

Protesters gather in Trafalgar Square for rally

15:00 , Thomas Kingsley

Hundreds of climate protesters have descended on Trafalgar Square to hold a rally.

Roots, of north London and member of Extinction Rebellion, told The Independent: “This march will fail, but this movement will not.

“I don’t know what the purpose of going on marches is other than to raise awareness and shout as loudly as we can in the face of a government that is not acting as if this is an emergency.

“Previously, COPs have given us target pledges and they haven’t met any of them - so why is this one going to be any different? Yes - I’m sure they are going to announce some lovely statistics and X, Y, Z promises. But they don’t have the big ball players on the table and, historically, they haven’t kept to any of their targets.“

“We live in hope,” Roots added. “If the political will is there, of course it’s possible to reach the 1.5C target - but we lack the political will.

“My daughter is why we are here.”

Hundreds gather in Trafalgar Square (Emily Atkinson)
Hundreds gather in Trafalgar Square (Emily Atkinson)

Climate crisis is already killing Britain’s birds and 90% of puffins could be dead by 2050

15:15 , Thomas Kingsley

The impacts of the worsening climate crisis are having a dire impact on some of Britain’s best-loved bird species such as the puffin, which faces being almost entirely wiped out in less than 30 years, a major new report has warned.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)’s Climate Change and the UK’s Birds report, paints a stark future for many species of seabirds and upland breeding birds.

The report highlights how rising average temperatures are driving a “consistent poleward shift” in the distribution of bird species, with the rate of change exceeding 11km a decade.

Our environment correspondent Harry Cockburn has the full report below:

Climate crisis means 90% of puffins in Britain could be dead by 2050

‘We say to our leaders today listen to us,’ Sian Berry says

15:38 , Thomas Kingsley

Former Green party leader Sian Berry speaking at the climate change rally in Trafalgar has demanded world leaders to listen to protesters.

“We are a people’s movement. Right now people in Glasgow are in earshot of the world’s leaders. We are with everyone today who has gone to make their voices heard. We say to our leaders today listen to us!” she said.

Over 130 countries now committed to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030

16:02 , Thomas Kingsley

Over 130 countries, covering 90 per cent of the world’s forests, have now committed to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, Cop26 announced.

“To have any chance of keeping below 1.5C of global warming, we must halt deforestation,” Sir David Attenborough.

Downing Street said the pledge was backed by $12bn (£8.75bn) of public funding from governments aimed at restoring ripped-up land, with a further $7.2bn (£5.3bn) coming from private investment.

It includes $2bn (£1.47bn) from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for land restoration in Africa, double what he previously committed just a day earlier at an event with the Prince of Wales.

Police arrest Glasgow protesters blocking bridge two hours, say witnesses

16:13 , Thomas Kingsley

Police start arresting activists from Scientist Rebellion who have been blocking St King George V Bridge for the past two hours at the Cop26 protests.

The “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” march started from Kelvingrove Park in the west of the city and Queen’s Park in the south at about midday along a pre-agreed three-mile route to Glasgow Green via George Square as Cop26 draws to a close.

Leading activists such as Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg addressed the crowds in Glasgow.

Police causing ‘maximum disruption’ during protest

16:33 , Lamiat Sabin

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, who is at the protest in Glasgow today, said that police have been “kettling” demonstrators.

He wrote that 200 police officers have surrounded a group of up to 40 protesters for more than an hour.

Mr Dearden wrote: “Police now kettling part of the Cop26 demo causing absolute chaos in Glasgow.

“The police have been hell bent on creating maximum disruption all day. Disgusting.”

‘Incredible numbers of people’ at Glasgow Green demo

16:50 , Lamiat Sabin

Our climate correspondent Daisy Dunne is attending the Glasgow Green protest, where she said a huge number of people have turned up.

Stay tuned for more updates

‘Wave of self-congratulation not cutting it’ – Berry

17:05 , Lamiat Sabin

Sian Berry (Green party member of the London Assembly) has been at the Trafalgar Square rally today.

She expressed to the crowd the environmental movement’s exasperation with the slow speed of change.

Ms Berry said: “This year’s COP will decide if if that crucial limit of 1.5C of warming will survive. There’s a wave of self-congratulation coming from that conference hall, but it’s just not cutting it.

“Our leaders must stop measuring themselves against what they have done before and start living up to what is needed - to what they owe us and the world. We say to our leaders today: listen to us. Keep 1.5C alive.

 (Emily Atkinson)
(Emily Atkinson)

“It feels really desperate sometimes. I have been campaigning for this for over 20 years and I joined a movement that was over 25-years-old.

“For nearly 50 years, we have collectively been calling for action in keeping fossil fuels in the ground, in stopping the destruction of nature.

“We have said we can create a better world for everyone – a world of justice, equality, fairness, balance and sustenance. A world of warm homes, amazing public transport, healthy streets, clean air, affordable food and nature in abundance.”

MP vows a ‘fightback’ against government policies

17:37 , Lamiat Sabin

Zarah Sultana has joined thousands of protesters in London to show the government that “we are going to fight back” against policies such as removing tax on domestic flights.

The Labour MP for Coventry South told the PA news agency: “The climate emergency is one of the most urgent demands of our time and fighting for the Green New Deal is something that we have to win in Parliament.

“We’ve already seen floods in London, we’ve seen flooding in other parts of the UK, we know that the climate crisis isn’t some distant hypothetical thing, it’s a reality, and it’s a reality for millions of people across the world.

“The government’s inactions are very concerning, and some the policies they have brought in more recently are incredibly worrying: slashing tax on domestic flights, Boris Johnson himself flying back from Glasgow, and the money that the Conservative party is also taking from the fossil fuel industry.

“You’re not going to be fighting the people who are responsible for the crisis if you are also taking their donations.

“So that’s the purpose of me being here, to bring that message that we are going to fight back, and it will be in the streets, but it will also be in Parliament as well through legislation.”

Inaction risks worsening plight of Africans, says activist

17:55 , Lamiat Sabin

Vanessa Nakate said Africans are struggling with the effects that climate change has on their lives.

At the rally at the Glasgow march, the Ugandan activist said: “The decisions being made by governments right now are only going to increase the challenges that they are facing.”

She also stressed that climate change is “happening right now” and not at “some distant point of time”.

Ms Nakate added: “Yes, we have to keep global temperature rises to 1.5C, but it still won’t be safe for communities like mine.”

She warned: “1.2C is already hell for us. It’s already destruction. It’s already suffering. It’s already disaster. Any rise will only make things worse.

“The science is very clear. The most recent IPCC report says that in order to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we have to end the development of all new fossil fuels.”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was not among the speakers at the rally.

It is understood that she and other youth activists at the Fridays for Future movement decided to give space to other speakers, after Ms Thunberg addressed youth activists in a march and rally yesterday.

Kettled protesters released if they show faces to police cams – MSP

18:15 , Lamiat Sabin

Officers have released kettled protesters on the condition that they show their face to police cameras, an MSP has said.

Scottish Labour’s Mercedes Villalba said that demonstrators had been kettled for more than two hours in Glasgow.

Police kettled protesters for ‘using anarchist black bloc tactics’

18:45 , Lamiat Sabin

More details about the kettling of protesters in Glasgow from one of the people that was held in the group surrounded by police.

Francis Stuart said police “wasted” about three hours of his and other demonstrators’ time for “absolutely no reason”.

Pictures he posted show that most of the protesters wore all-black outfits and red face coverings, while some waved red flags.

The Young Communist League of Britain said its members were the only group to have been “personally escorted” during the protest.

Someone who left a comment on Mr Stuart’s pictures suggested police targeted the group over their anarchist “black bloc” tactics.

This means that they seek to evade identification by covering faces (fitting for this pandemic) and wearing non-descript clothing.

Earlier, we reported that Scottish Labour MSP Mercedes Villalba said that demonstrators were only released after at least two hours on condition that they show their faces to the police cameras and promise not to reform as a group during the protest.

Bagpipes and dhol play ‘Scotland the Brave’ for Indian farmers

19:15 , Lamiat Sabin

In Glasgow, people took the streets in solidarity with farmers in India who have been in a long-running dispute with the Indian government since last year over new laws that they say will hurt their earnings.

Bagpipes and a dhol drum played the tune of the well-known patriotic tune ‘Scotland the Brave’.

The song is often considered to be one of the unofficial national anthems of Scotland.

Independent’s petition urges world leaders to act now on climate

19:45 , Lamiat Sabin

The Independent has launched a petition calling on world leaders to take meaningful action on the climate crisis immediately.

More details and petition form here:

Sign The Independent’s petition calling for climate crisis action

Demos sparked across Europe on Global Day of Action

20:40 , Lamiat Sabin

Protests have also been taking place on the European continent today on the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.

In Paris, hundreds of activists gathered at Paris City Hall to protest the inaction about climate change by the 10 top climate-polluting nations in the world.

They deployed large portraits of heads of state from around the world – including French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson –along a banner reading “climate inaction (equals) crime against life.”

In Amsterdam, an estimated 40,000 people have marched from Dam Square before marching to a park in the west of the city.

In Istanbul, a small group of about 80 climate protesters held a demonstration in the Kadikoy district – chanting, banging drums and holding placards with messages such as “Unite for the climate” and “Environmentalism without class struggle is gardening.”

“I want my children to live on a beautiful planet in the future,” retiree Kadriye Basut, 52, said.

Meanwhile, in Warsaw, about 200 trade union members from the Polish energy sector protested in front of the European Union’s office in the capital city, sauing that the bloc’s moves to discourage coal use are responsible for soaring energy prices.

The coal industry is one of the biggest sectors in Poland. Unions have warned that the EU’s energy policies will harm Poland’s economy, which is one of the most undervalued in Europe.

Irish minister cancels Cop26 trip after contracting Covid

21:10 , Lamiat Sabin

Ireland’s environment minister has cancelled a trip to Cop26 after testing positive for Covid.

Eamon Ryan, the leader of Ireland’s Green Party, had been due to travel to Glasgow tomorrow.

He is self-isolating and not experiencing symptoms.

Mr Ryan received the positive result today after taking a precautionary PCR test on Friday in line with the recommendations of the Cop26 organisers.

‘Another world is possible’ – Indy’s front tomorrow

21:40 , Lamiat Sabin

Twenty-one people arrested in Glasgow protest

22:10 , Lamiat Sabin

Police arrested 21 people during the climate rally in Glasgow today, and all but one were part of a bridge lock-on protest.

It comes after demonstrators from the Young Communist League of Britain were kettled for between two to three hours, and protesters from the Scientist Rebellion were forcibly removed from King George V Bridge.

Organisers of the collective protest estimate that more than 100,000 people attended the march from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie claimed that the day had “passed largely without incident” despite the arrests.

Mr Ritchie said: “A group of people was contained by officers after their conduct deteriorated, pyrotechnic devices were used and they brought the procession to a halt.

“The containment remained in place for a short time before being lifted as the march came to a conclusion. One person was arrested following the end of the march.

“In a separate incident this morning, our Police Liaison Team and Protest Removal Team attended to ensure the safe removal of people involved in a lock-on at the King George V Bridge at the Broomielaw in Glasgow.

“As a result, 21 people were arrested and have been released on an undertaking.”

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