COP26: Scotland’s young climate change activists in pictures

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Screenshot, Sarra Wassu is a volunteer with the conservation charity John Muir Trust, which aims to protect and repair wild places.

Thousands of activists and activists have gathered in Glasgow this week as the COP26 climate change summit takes place.

Over the past year, Glasgow photographer Andrew Crawley has photographed 26 Scottish environmental activists and has been posting the images, along with some of their views, on his Instagram account. @acawleyphoto.

He told BBC Scotland: “I thought to myself ‘who are Scots Greta Thunberg?’

“So this was the idea behind my 26 project: to find inspiring young Scottish environmental and climate change activists who are trying to make a little difference to this big problem that we all face.

“The people on this project should be an inspiration to all of us as they are really fighting for their future.”

Lily Henderson, 16, Friday for Future School Striker

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“I shouldn’t have to be an activist at 16, I should be in school but I’m not,” Lily said.

“As a young man, climate change will affect my future. I am making a fuss so that we can convince the government to take action on climate change and we are not going back anytime soon.”

Ben Taylor, 26, beach cleaner

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Ben is walking the entire coast of Scotland cleaning up beaches.

“We are suffocating our house, burning our food and poisoning the fresh water we have left,” he said.

“Things are not right. Now we have a chance to come together and confront those who are wielding their power with terribly childish abandon, and say enough is enough. We must change, and we must do this together.”

Amelie, eight years old, front of the Fridays for Future school

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She said: “The ice is melting at the North Pole due to greenhouse gases that are making the planet hotter.

“The sea level is rising. It is important that polar bears and all animals have a place to live. This also causes droughts in some parts of the world. If we do not protect our planet, we will not survive.”

Laura Young, 25, also known as @lesswastelaura

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“Scotland must have its home so that the world’s gaze is upon us,” said Laura, who is trying to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle and encourage others to do so.

“Knowing that there are a growing number of people, grassroots organizations, businesses and governments who are working to take action for justice is empowering.

“Together we stand together and advocate for climate justice with our global neighbors who are dealing with shocks right now.”

Nicholas Major, 27, 2050 Climate Group

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Nic said that to reduce carbon emissions “we must understand the root causes of the problem.”

“To do that, we must ask ourselves questions about how we want to live our lives, what really matters to us, and how we can live healthily and happily.

“These questions need to be asked globally, locally and personally.”

Sarra Wassu, 18, John Muir Trust volunteer

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Sarra said organizations like The John Muir Trust have been helpful in raising awareness.

“Now it is up to us to take action and take the next steps in our lives to combat climate change. All it takes is for everyone to come together and play their little role, because together we can make change.”

Cammy Adair, 15, Fridays for Future School Front

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“Urgent climate action is needed now, not soon, not later.

“Our world leaders must do something, and I sincerely hope that they will take COP26 as an opportunity to show that they care about the planet and all of its inhabitants.”

Lauren Crilly, 27, redone red

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The Remade Network is a grassroots social enterprise that wants the public to rethink their relationship with their possessions.

“Repair is an important part of reducing our collective impact on the planet.

“It is both a radical and practical solution to consumption and consumerism,” Lauren said.

Sofia Koukoura, 29, 2050 Climate Group

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“As a scientist, I have naively thought for a long time that climate change is just an environmental problem,” said Sofia.

“I am optimistic that at COP26, people of different backgrounds will imagine and build a just future that prioritizes our collective well-being.”

Zahra Khan, 28, Equality Officer at City of Glasgow College

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“COP 26 is a great opportunity for us in Glasgow to put words into action at home,” said Zahra.

“The first step towards a sustainable global climate initiative is decolonization. It is collaboration. It is having difficult conversations about how we got into this mess, accepting responsibility and ensuring equality and access to knowledge for all.”

Blair Anderson, 23, Scottish Young Greens

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“There is no environmental justice without social justice,” said Blair.

“In every crisis, people who are already marginalized and oppressed are the most affected.

“Whether in Glasgow or in the Global South, we must ensure that our response to the climate crisis works for everyone – people of color, the disabled, women, queers and the poor.”

Nicolas Garcia, 28, Student President, City of Glasgow College

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Nicolás said that as a student president he has learned that to work on the climate crisis “we have to come together, work in partnership and help each other.”

“We need to tell the truth, people don’t like to be lied to, but we have to keep a positive message and provide opportunities for people to commit to solutions,” he said.

“Only by committing to solutions will people feel empowered to act and embrace the green transition.”

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The COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow in November is seen as crucial if climate change is to be controlled. Almost 200 countries are being asked about their plans to reduce emissions, which could lead to major changes in our daily lives.

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