Climate activists holding COP26 ‘opening ceremony’ are marching through Glasgow city center today

Activists will hold an ‘opening ceremony’ today to mark the beginning of non-violent direct action planned during COP26.

Hundreds of people, including pilgrim groups and artists going to Glasgow to raise awareness about the climate crisis, will march through the city center today.

They will be joined by members of the Extinction Rebellion Glasgow for the event, which is considered an ‘opening ceremony’. The march is set to begin at 2 p.m.

The procession starts at McLennan Arch in Glasgow Green, where XR Scotland’s ‘Blue Rebels’ will form a guard of honor for the pilgrims.

The pilgrimages arriving in Glasgow will be the XR Faith Bridge, which leads the Camino to the COP, which has traveled from London, Bristol and Norwich; Marcha Glasgow; Ecumenical pilgrimage for climate justice that has come from Poland, Sweden and Germany; Pilgrimage for COP26, traveled from Dunbar and the Young Christian Climate Network, which has traveled 1,200 miles from Cornwall.

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Glasgow-based collaborators Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich will parade ‘Serpent of Capitalism’, a 30m sculptural work. while the artistic director of Kinetika, Ali Pretty, will install his Beach of Dreams, an environmental art installation of flags.

Alex Cochrane of XR Glasgow said: “Those on the front lines of the climate crisis are dying and suffering right now. COP26 must end a growing crime against humanity from wealthy governments, with the global south being sacrificed to carry the bulk of the global north’s wealthy , carbon-intensive lifestyle.

“We welcome the pilgrims of the faith (and no faith) who are going to COP26 to demand that governments also go the way of the global south.”

Yaz Ashmawi, physicist and XR Pilgrim, added: “Countries around the world are already suffering the consequences of our historic emissions in the west, and small island states such as the Maldives will be submerged by rising seas if no immediate action is taken on the climate. As believers, we have a spiritual duty to take care of those who are less fortunate than us, so we have used this walk to raise money for activists in economically disadvantaged countries who are already affected, to enable them to to participate in this conversation. “


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