The Centre for 21st Century on Saturday, November 6th, joined other groups, climate activists at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow to demand more action to address the climate crisis.
The “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” march started at Kelvingrove Park in the west of the city and Queen’s Park in the south at about midday and made its way along a three-mile route to Glasgow Green.
We joined other feminists, climate gender advocates from all around the world in the mass mobilisation to push for feminist climate action, and the active participation of African women for gender responsive climate finance.
C21st’s advocacy — #Women4ClimateFinance — was part of the demands put forward at the march which had over 100,000 climate protesters with respect to ensuring access to finance for local women.
Demands such as cuts in fossil fuel use and immediate help for communities already affected by climate change, particularly in poorer countries was also a major part of the advocacy at the march.
At the march and series of e-advocacy which has been trending on social media, C21st campaigned for climate finance focusing on access to finance for local women because the voices of African women are so important in the fight against climate change and must be heard.
Our campaign since the beginning of #COP26 has focused on all women and girls from all over the world to stand up for climate justice. World leaders have been called upon to ensure there is access to climate finance for local women, because this will be a major step to financing climate change action.
World leaders and representatives who are in Glasgow for the climate change summit have so far made promises to curb deforestation, phase out coal, end funding for fossil fuels abroad and cut methane emissions.
But there is still a significant gap in climate financing, in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries committed to jointly mobilise $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries.
Many wealthy countries have been urged to start addressing the finance gap and help developing countries tackle climate change.