Glasgow COP26 protests: Do they help?

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There are lots of protests in Glasgow right now because of COP26 and they all have a different purpose. This was the biggest protest Glasgow has ever seen. But what are they all about and are they helping COP26 or is it causing havoc?

Protests have about everything from politicians not listening to us, to how we can tackle climate change. Some examples of these protests are  oil drilling. Also if we can change to being vegans that will help stop climate change.

Many of the protest have been happening around the River Clyde and George Square in Glasgow. But also, in Kelvin Grove Park. Most of these protests are helping get the message across.

While many protestors are peaceful, there are some causing havoc and getting into trouble.

I spoke to a couple protestors to get their POV on climate change and how they think protesting will help.

Fiona was protesting about veganism in George Square.

She said: “If we want to stop climate change, we should change our diets and become vegan and stop slaughtering and killing harmless animals who have feelings and families.

“Also, the leaders are avoiding the fact that most of climate change is due to us eating meat and slaughtering animals,” Fiona explains.

“Most of the greenhouse gas emissions are down to slaughtering animals and we at least slaughter 76 billion animals per year.

“But if we want to make a difference to climate change then we should change our diets to vegan and that will stop climate change quicker.

“It’s not like we need the government’s permission to change our diets – it’s our decision at the end of the day.”

The protests help the general public to realise that climate change is a serious issue.  

It also allows politicians to see that the public do care about climate change.

And they need to do something about it if they want to keep the public happy and save the planet.

But they could also go about another way to help the planet?

Yes, protesting allows people to see it.

But the public need options and taught how and what else they can do to help stop climate change rising soon. Before it’s too late.

If we don’t act now, there will be serious consequences.

 

 

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