24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate called out world leaders at COP26. Nakate reiterated to the crowd that the trend she sees at every COP is that leaders make promises and pledges, yet global emissions continue to rise. ‘We are drowning in promises. Commitments will not reduce CO2. Promises will not stop the suffering of the people. Pledges will not stop the planet from warming, only immediate and drastic action will pull us back from the abyss.’
Nakate said that leaders at the conference are calling it a success when she sees the situation differently. She directly called out people for specifically flying into the conference on their private jets while spitting out facts. ‘We have some who are already starting to call COP26 a success, but a few days ago, a Climate Action Tracker report showed that COP26 is actually putting us on a pathway for a 2.4 degrees celsius world.’ Nakate received a round of applause and has been praised for her speech.
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