Hundreds of oil and gas lobbyists working for the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies are attending the United Nations’ climate change conference in Scotland as delegates work to rein in emissions and prevent the planet from dramatic warming, according to an analysis of registered guests.
The watchdog group Global WitnessAccording to the group, there are approximately 503 industry-affiliated lobbyists who have registered for COP26 in Glasgow. According to the group, if the delegation was grouped together it would have a greater number of members than each country sending.
Some of the lobbyists directly represent companies including Shell, BP and Russia’s Gazprom, while others are indirectly linked to the industry.
“The presence of hundreds of those being paid to push the toxic interests of polluting fossil fuel companies, will only increase the skepticism of climate activists who see these talks as more evidence of global leaders’ dithering and delaying,” Murray Worthy, Global Witness’s gas campaign leader, said in a statement. “It’s time for politicians to show they are serious about ending the influence of big polluters over political decision-making and commit to a future where expert and activist voices are given centerstage.”
Around 40,000 people will be in Glasgow to attend the summit. Every country has sent their own delegations and some extra star power. The United States sent 165 people, including former President Barack Obama, and the U.K.’s 230 included broadcaster David Attenborough and Prince William.
Yet, oil and natural gas have long been an important part of climate summits. their presence is necessaryThe Washington Post reports Tuesday that the world is working to shift away from fossil fuels.
Greta Thunberg (a Swedish climate activist) said the news is troubling, even if it has a lesser effect than expected.
“I don’t know about you,” she wrote on Twitter, “but I sure am not comfortable with having some of the world’s biggest villains influencing & dictating the fate of the world.”
Although key promises have been made, they are still not being kept. methane emissionsThere is no limit deforestationIf the world is to prevent the worst consequences of climate changes, it must make significant investments in renewable energy sources. On Tuesday, the United Nations published a preliminary assessment that showed our planet is in dire need of investment. on track to warmBy about 2.5 degrees Celsius, even with existing commitments. 1.5 degrees scientists say is neededTo prevent an increase in extreme weather events and massive losses to biodiversity.
According to the report, humanity is losing the chance to limit the rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius if current emissions reduction pledges are not renewed soon.
“We are not doing enough. We are not where we need to be,” Inger Andersen, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, told The Washington Post This week. “And we need to step up with much more action, much more urgency and much more ambition.”