A slew of new posters have appeared in towns and cities across the UK, bringing the voices of underrepresented communities to the fore as the COP26 climate conference moves into its second week.
Teams of activists across the country installed the 14 different posters in locations ranging from Cardiff through to Glasgow. The posters feature the images of 14 different activists and Indigenous leaders from across the world. Each one displays a unique and powerful message to world leaders who have been meeting at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
The latest report by the United Nations Environment Programme showed the world was on track for a dangerous 2.7C of warming, well above the global 1.5C target seen as crucial to climate vulnerable nations. The G20 group of largest economies are responsible for 80% of emissions. Despite a decade old pledge, the world’s richest nations are still failing to provide $100 billion a year in climate finance to help less developed nations tackle and adapt to the crisis.
Environmental and race activist Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl), who was one of the poster subjects, said:
“From floods in Bangladesh to forest fires in Brazil, the impacts of the climate crisis are real and they’re happening now. It’s the very people who are least to blame for this crisis who are on the frontline of its devastating impacts. I’m proud to join my voice with these 13 other activists and Indigenous leaders from around the world as we call for real action now. No more warm words, the Glasgow climate summit has to be the moment world leaders sit up and finally listen to the voices of those communities who are suffering most.”