‘Energy day’ at COP26: Voices call out for an end to use of coal, gas and oil

Burning fossil fuels emits a number of air pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and public health (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) Fittingly, the sun broke through the clouds over Glasgow on Thursday as delegations and participants prepared for ‘energy day’ at COP26, one of the key thematic sessions taking place during the UN climate summit.

Traveling from the city centre in the special electric bus provided by the organisers, the UN News team arrived at the venue to find activists outside the gates urging countries to end their dependence on coal, gas and oil. 

Some of the activists dressed as Pikachu, the short, chubby rodent mascot of the Japanese anime Pokémon, which in the series, is capable to organically launch strikes of electricity. Others armed with picket signs in different languages, turning on their megaphones to shout a call for climate justice: “No more fossil fuels”. 

Inside the Scottish Event Campus, the main meeting of the day started with the COP26, co-hosts echoing the words of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres: “consign coal to history”.

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