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UK leader warns of ‘uncontainable’ anger if COP26 fails on climate

By AFP
01 November 2021   |   2:59 pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday opened the historic COP26 climate summit by warning world leaders that they faced a damning verdict from future generations unless they act decisively.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the opening ceremony of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. – COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 2015 Paris summit and is seen as crucial in setting worldwide emission targets to slow global warming, as well as firming up other key commitments. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / POOL / AFP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday opened the historic COP26 climate summit by warning world leaders that they faced a damning verdict from future generations unless they act decisively.

“The anger and the impatience of the world will be uncontainable unless we make this COP26 in Glasgow the moment when we get real about climate change, and we can get real on coal, cars, cash and trees,” he said in a keynote speech.

Johnson echoed 18-year-old climate campaigner Greta Thunberg — who is in Glasgow with thousands of other protesters — in urging the summit against indulging in “blah blah blah”.

If the leaders “fluff our lines or miss our cue”, generations as-yet-unborn “will not forgive us”, the prime minister said.

“They will know that Glasgow was the historic turning point when history failed to turn.

“They will judge us with bitterness and with a resentment that eclipses any of the climate activists of today — and they will be right,” he said.

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