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Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International issued the following statement on the current draft text coming out of the Glasgow Climate COP:


“The emerging language and compromises at COP26 are still totally unacceptable.

BirdLife’s 117 partners around the globe join me in expressing our rage. Our leaders, especially those most hooked on fossil fuels, fail to face facts.

This is the gravest emergency faced by life, all life, on earth. We salute the good language on nature and forests, but the planet needs much, much more, and now, not in 20 years.

Weakening the language on fossil fuels and subsidies, not committing adequate finance for transition, and failing to directly support and compensate for loss and damage already being suffered shows abject irresponsibility to lead and protect the planet, people and all her species.

More than a million species face extinction. We need courageous leaders that take the steps to stop condemning us, our children and grandchildren to a catastrophic future.

The next hours #COP26 in Glasgow are crucial. We need that change and action to start now so it can accelerate during the coming crucial decade. We need morality and courage in the coming crucial hours.

Leaders – play your part. We need action now!

“The next hours #COP26 in Glasgow are crucial. We need that change and action to start now so it can accelerate during the coming crucial decade.”

Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife International


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