Judge them by their actions, not their words.

So what have "world leaders" been up to since COP26 began?

@JoeBiden 🇺🇸 is releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to make sure Americans burn more of it. 🤯
Australia 🇦🇺 is going big on dirty methane gas, showing it is in no way serious about its 2050 net zero target.

The European Union 🇪🇺 has also decided dirty methane gas is kinda clean.

Yes this is the same @TimmermansEU who urged COP to "bring hope to the hearts of our children and grandchildren". By burning gas.

The UK 🇬🇧 continues to back dozens of new oil and gas projects.

India's 🇮🇳 courts are closing coal-fired power stations due to the lethal air pollution in New Delhi, even as the Indian government plans to build many more.

China 🇨🇳 just hit record levels of coal production - which should not be surprising as they are not planning to peak their use of coal for another five years.

Reminder: "To limit warming to 1.5°C, not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever again, some existing power plants need to shut down early."

These are acts of mass murder against the most vulnerable people and places. Against our children.

No-one is coming to save us. Only mass civil resistance can do that.

Fossil fuel production is set to soar over this crucial decade when it needs to be slashed.

Countries plan to drill or mine more than double the levels needed to keep within 1.5°C.

We all have a duty to stop this obscene crime.


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You can see it in the reactions to COP26 - some say "It's a start" while others say "It's an atrocity".
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@JoeBiden lied when running for president.

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