From Swampy in the boardroom to the arrest of Nessie – Day three of Cop26

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Demonstrators at an Extinction Rebellion protest (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)
Demonstrators at an Extinction Rebellion protest (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

The third day of the Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow was all about finance in the blue zone and some inventive protests on the streets.

Here are some of the takeaways from day three:

– The colour of money? Green

It was finance day at Cop26 and that meant Chancellor Rishi Sunak was in town to announce that financial institutions controlling 40% of global assets will align themselves to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C limit for global warming.

While they were waiting for things to kick off in the “Cairn Gorm” conference hall, finance fans could test their knowledge with a Cop26 finance day quiz, though it’s not clear what the prize was.

– Swampy in the boardroom

Alok Sharma telling finance leaders they were Swampys (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire)
Alok Sharma telling finance leaders they were Swampys (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire)

Also speaking at the finance event was Alok Sharma who used his moment at the podium to tell delegates that they were the new Swampys, found in boardrooms, in government departments, in multilateral development banks and trading floors all around the world as climate action becomes mainstream.

Evoking Swampy, who became a household name in 1996 after his fierce campaigning to stop new road projects, prompted the ire of fellow campaigner Dr Larch Maxey, who said it was attempting to commodify the resistance for the corporate agenda.

Swampy himself is currently spending his 20th day in a tunnel in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, in an effort to block the progress of the HS2 rail project, and was unavailable for comment.

– Luxury mushroom leather

The Prince of Wales speaks with designer Stella McCartney and Leonardo DiCaprio (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
The Prince of Wales speaks with designer Stella McCartney and Leonardo DiCaprio (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)

It was a case of Hollywood royalty meeting actual royalty at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery, when the Prince of Wales and Leonardo DiCaprio bumped into each other while viewing Stella McCartney’s sustainable fashion.

The two environmental campaigners chatted after they had a separate look at the seemingly normal luxury handbags made from vegan, lab-grown mushroom leather and futuristic vegan football boots the designer has created in collaboration with Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Adidas.

– Nessie under loch and key

Police officers guarding an inflatable Loch Ness Monster at Govan Dry Dock (Jess Hurd/PA) (PA Media)
Police officers guarding an inflatable Loch Ness Monster at Govan Dry Dock (Jess Hurd/PA) (PA Media)

One of Scotland’s most famous residents was seized by police after officers ruled she breached “maritime law”.

Police surrounded the giant inflatable Nessie which the Jubilee Debt Campaign hoped to launch into the River Clyde to float past the Cop26 conference site to highlight the growing threat of climate debt burdens for poorer countries.

In an early morning raid, officers seized the four-metre tall and eight-metre-long inflatable – dubbed the Loch Ness Debt Monster – at Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow.

Their reason? It “breached the maritime restrictions in place to maintain public safety and security close to the Cop26 venue”.

– Turn off the tap, Ma’am

Climate activists stage a mock ceremony on the Buchanan Street Steps, featuring ‘the Queen’ turning off the oil tap (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Climate activists stage a mock ceremony on the Buchanan Street Steps, featuring ‘the Queen’ turning off the oil tap (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

As protesters took to the streets around Glasgow, “the Queen” made an appearance to ceremonially turn off the tap of Scotland’s oil.

Activists campaigning against the Cambo oilfield staged the mock ceremony with a giant tap with a protester dressed as the “Queen” sporting a sash and tiara on the anniversary of the real Queen inaugurating the flow of North Sea oil in 1975.

Friends of the Earth Scotland, along with the campaign groups Platform and Stop Cambo, staged the event on the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Buchanan Street on Wednesday morning.

– Plight of indigenous people

Agar Iklenia Tejada (fourth from left) cried as she described her island sinking underwater (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)
Agar Iklenia Tejada (fourth from left) cried as she described her island sinking underwater (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

Elsewhere on the streets of Glasgow, indigenous people whose island homes are sinking underwater due to climate change marched from Glasgow Green to the Cop26 campus.

Agar Iklenia Tejada, 31, a member of the Guna people in Panama, started crying when speaking about the plight of her home.

“Three of our islands are already underwater,” she said. “We are moving from the islands to the mountains or the coasts already … However, we are going to keep fighting to conserve and preserve our traditions, our origin and who we are.”

After being briefly denied entry to Cop26, a group of the indigenous people set off inside the campus with the intention of meeting Cop26 president Alok Sharma.

– Greta hits net ****ing zero

Greta Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists during a demonstration at Festival Park, Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Greta Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists during a demonstration at Festival Park, Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg joked she will hit a personal net-zero target by vowing to balance out her swearing.

She made the pledge on Twitter after being filmed hyping up crowds in Glasgow in a protest outside the Cop26 venue, saying: “No more blah blah blah. No more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there.”

She was later filmed singing: “You can shove your climate crisis up your arse.”

On Thursday, she tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I’ve decided to go net zero on swear words and bad language. In the event that I should say something inappropriate I pledge to compensate that by saying something nice.”

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