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Ten Hypocritical Moments Surrounding Glasgow Cop26 Climate Change Summit

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01.11.2021

Prince Charles described it as a “last chance saloon” to save the world, while Boris Johnson warned we have “one minute to midnight”.

There is no doubt world leaders are pitching Cop26 as a do or die moment in the battle against climate change.

But as the global bigwigs jump in their gas guzzling four-by-fours and private jets, it is fair to say there has been a number of hypocritical moments leading up to the Glasgow summit.

Of course it is reasonable that presidents, prime ministers and royalty take certain measures for their own security - as well as for practical transport reasons.

However, the inconsistent behaviour show us that we all have a long way to go to turn the tide on global warming.

After all, Johnson’s own Cop26 spokeswoman Allegra Stratton urged us all to take “micro-steps” such as not rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher and freezing left-over bread.

Side streets around #COP26 are choked up with chauffeur-driven cars and vans, many with their engines idling. Interesting look for a climate conference. pic.twitter.com/9NO83ydN0w

— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) November 1, 2021

Come Fly With Me

A parade of more than 400 private jets carrying world leaders and business executives are thought to be flying in for the summit.

Scotland’s Sunday Mail estimated the flights will blast 13,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere - more global warming gas than 1,600 Scots burn through in a year.

Many of the leaders had to travel from the G20 summit in Rome and include Joe Biden on Air Force One and Prince Charles who reportedly travelled by non-commercial plane from Italy.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ £48million Gulf Stream also reportedly touched down in Glasgow after he had been celebrating Bill Gates’ 66th birthday on a £2million-a-week superyacht. Bezos reached the boat by helicopter, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Johnson is said to have flown to Scotland on a “green flight” using Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) – biofuels from plants or waste. He will also fly back to London.

When In Rome

Some critics pointed out it might have made more sense to combine Cop26 with the G20 summit seeing as so many world leaders were attending both. Or........

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