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26/10/2021

People Before Profit to introduce Council motion backing COP26 protestors

People Before Profit to stage a 'Day Of Action' for health and social care workers

Cllr Maeve O'Neill says that "Westminster, the Stormont Executive and the Dáil governments have failed to take the urgent and radical action needed" on climate change

People Before Profit are to put forward a motion to Derry & Strabane Council later this week to support protestors at the forthcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

COP26 is a two-week United Nations conference that will commence at the end of October where leaders from around the world will arrive in Scotland for climate change talks.

The event is also expected to attract environmental protestors who feel world governments are not doing enough about climate change.

Various protests around the world are planned to take place including a Day of Action in Derry on November 6.

The motion will be put at the Council's next meeting on Thursday, September 30 with People Before Profit Councillor, Maeve O'Neill saying that environmental concerns within Derry, and the surrounding area, are in urgent need of address.

Cllr O'Neill said: “The upcoming United Nations COP26 global climate summit to be held in Glasgow is a crucial moment in the struggle to arrest climate disaster.

“Global protests will send the message to the more than 200 world leaders attending that they have failed to act on climate emergency pledges.

“Westminster, the Stormont Executive and the Dáil governments have failed to take the urgent and radical action needed.

“Examples of our own political establishment's business as usual approach abound. Nothing has yet been done to clean-up Mobuoy Dump. The Derry rail upgrade could be delayed for another decade.

“The DfI Minister rammed through destructive dredging of Lough Neagh. The DfI Minister and Stormont Executive look like they're desperate to greenlight Dalradian Gold's toxic mining plan in the Sperrins.

“Corporations are interested in plundering nature for profit and the Stormont Executive has spent twenty-plus years letting them do it.

“We won't be letting the Executive use a new Climate Bill to greenwash criminal environmental policies.

“People power is the key to forcing decision makers away from their do-nothing approach.

“I'm bringing forward a motion at this week's Derry and Strabane Council meeting to support protests throughout the two week summit, including the global day of action in Derry on November 6.

“We need a radical departure from destructive capitalist policies. That's the only way a problem of this scale can be addressed.”


The full text of the People Before Profit motion to Derry & Strabane Council for the meeting on September 30 reads as follows:

“Council notes with alarm the findings from the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change report which is a 'code red for humanity'.

“Council notes that the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties
(COP26) happening in Glasgow from the 31st October to the 12th November is critical because governments, including here on this island, despite the science, despite the public outcry and despite their own promises and commitments have failed to enact urgent, radical actions to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

“Council agrees that mass mobilisation is crucial given the failure of Governments
to act and therefore sends its solidarity and confirms its support for the Global Day
of Action on the 6th November and People’s Summit activities organised by environmentalists across the world to coincide with COP26.

“Council will write to Glasgow City Council in support of the right of environmental campaigners to protest and to commend the workers of Glasgow for hosting such a momentous event in the best traditions of the Glasgow people.

“Council stands in solidarity with the COP26 Day of Action in Derry and across these islands on the 6th of November.”

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