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Scottish Greens MSP marches for climate justice at COP 26 alongside Greta Thunberg and other activists

By Chris Saunderson

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A GREEN MSP from the Highlands and Islands marched through Glasgow today with campaigners for climate justice.

Ariane Burgess at the Fridays for Future march in Glasgow.
Ariane Burgess at the Fridays for Future march in Glasgow.

Ariane Burgess joined young people and others at the Fridays For Future March led by young and indigenous peoples.

On Saturday she will attend a global day of action around the COP26 climate conference in the city.

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was among those taking part in the marches.

They are calling on governments and organisations across the world to take action on the climate crisis before it’s too late.

Ariane Burgess said: “I am humbled to be able to support the march here in Glasgow and excited to see that people across the Highlands and Islands are hosting sister events all over the region.

"I want to do all I can to support and listen to our young people and to indigenous peoples who are the most impacted by the climate crisis.”

“For Greens like myself who have been involved in climate activism for years there can be a degree of cynicism about the conference. Sometimes the very companies that are destroying our planet use COP to launder their image on the world stage.

"It’s especially hard not to view this year as an exercise in greenwashing by the UK government as they prepare to open Cambo oilfield and slash air passenger duty.”

“However, I have hope in, and am so proud of, this new generation. I have been honoured to meet some local climate strikers at the climate march in Forres and during my tour of the region this summer. They are grabbing every opportunity with both hands and I want to do what I can to support them.

"I trust, whatever is negotiated at COP26, Scotland’s young people are going to hold our feet to the flames.”

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