Lochaber activists join thousands in Glasgow for climate marches

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A number of climate and environmental activists from Lochaber made the journey to Glasgow on Saturday to join thousands of others for the the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice March, to coincide with the city’s hosting of the COP26 conference.

Some also took part in the march on Friday, organised by Fridays for Future Scotland, a group founded by youngsters inspired by Swedish teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

Local SNP constituency MSP Kate Forbes – also the Scottish Government finance minister –  was among those attended a number of official events at COP26 itself.

Kate Forbes MSP with Bertrand Piccard - the Swiss explorer, environmentalist and chairman of Solar Impulse - at COP26. NO F45 Kate at COPs 26
Kate Forbes MSP with Bertrand Piccard – the Swiss explorer, environmentalist and chairman of Solar Impulse – at COP26.

Ms Forbes told the Lochaber Times: ‘As we come to the end of the second week of COP26, Scotland has lived up to its proud tradition of activism and of peaceful protest.

‘That is a source of pride for the whole country, and I know folk from Lochaber have also been a key part of this.

‘As the First Minister has repeatedly said, everyone knows what is required for this summit to be a success.

‘COP26 must secure the commitments that will limit global warming to 1.5°C or, at the very least, the near term commitments that will keep that objective alive.

‘It must also deliver a fair financial settlement for developing countries, one which takes account of the loss and damage caused by climate change.

‘There’s no doubt that over the past week we have seen progress. But it’s also clear that we’ve not yet seen enough.

‘World leaders – and the biggest emitters and potential funders especially – must step up. That is essential.

‘But governments like ours must continue to play our part because, while none of us are at the negotiating table, our influence and our example will be crucial in building the momentum.’