Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told The Big Issue there is too much greenwashing and “chat” at COP26, and not enough action.
“I’m concerned that there’s an awful lot of greenwash. There’s an awful lot of chat going on, there seems to be very few concrete agreements that have been reached so far. That worries me,” he said.
Corbyn arrived in Glasgow on Monday for the Alternative COP26, a climate conference hosted by the Peace and Justice Project in Glasgow and online.
Held at Websters Theatre in Glasgow’s west end, the four-day conference brings together trade unions and campaigners “to ensure that the voices of workers and under-represented groups are recognised” at global climate talks.
“It worries me that some of the sticking points are on fossil fuel, but also on transfer of technology, and of payments to the poorest countries in the world to cope with the environmental disasters they face,” Corbyn continued.
“I’m thinking here in terms of Pacific islands, I’m thinking Bangladesh, I’m thinking the Caribbean. All those suffering seriously from rising sea levels and unusual weather patterns. They need support.”