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‘Deeds, not words,’ climate protest calls out Boris Johnson ahead of COP26

London, Jul 23 (EFE).- Dozens of protesters gathered in London’s Parliament square Friday to demand the UK government and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take action against climate change, under the motto “Deeds, not words,” 100 days before COP26, the UN climate summit, is set to take place in Glasgow.

The Climate Coalition, which includes international organisations such as Oxfam and the Women’s Institute, called for the protests, which featured a giant clock and a large banner that read “100 days to COP.”

“We’ve got to make a difference now to protect the planet for generations to come,” tweeted Johnson.

According to an official report published in June, Johnson’s government has failed to meet self-set targets and has not taken the necessary steps to achieve them.

The Johnson administration presented in July a new plan to significantly slash emissions by 2050, which demonstrators see as mere words that do not translate into actual deeds.

“Missing in action” and “The climate needs you,” read some of their signs with pictures of PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

“The British government is talking a good talk, but the actions just aren’t there,” said Andy Atkins, president of the Climate Sunday initiative launched by a coalition of Christian charities. “The scientists are saying we’ve got less than a decade to cut global carbon emissions by 40% if we want to avoid climate catastrophe.”

“We could make our homes more energy efficient, we could end factory farming, we could make better public transport, we could improve walking and cycling,” said Zack Polanski, member of the London Assembly for the Green Party.

“There’s a long list of things that we need to do, to take action on. So we’re here today to say time is running out and we need to act now,” he said. EFE


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