As world leaders from 190 countries gather in Glasgow, Scotland for the Climate Change Conference on Sunday, leading climate activists are preparing not to participate in the talks.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has drawn worldwide attention for her demands for climate reform, said she would protest talks to draw attention to another problem – vaccine inequality.

TOPSHOT – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a Fridays for Future climate strike protest in Stockholm, Sweden, October 22, 2021.
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“Climate justice also means social justice and that we leave no one behind,” she wrote on Twitter this week.

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About 30,000 people are expected to attend the climate conference, The Washington Post first reported, but the health implications of the continuing pandemic remain a major concern.

Climate activists condemned the conference earlier this year, accusing Western countries of being insensitive to vaccine disparities between developing countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly promised to distribute vaccines to leaders of countries who could not access vaccines on their own, although the British government has been criticized for a disorganized vaccine distribution system, the Post reported.

The United Nations warned world leaders this week that they must make significant and immediate changes to the functioning of their nations if they are to avert a “climate catastrophe.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 30: Pilgrimage groups that traveled to Glasgow are joined by members of the Extinction Rebellion group as they march to raise awareness about the climate crisis on October 30, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 30: Pilgrimage groups that traveled to Glasgow are joined by members of the Extinction Rebellion group as they march to raise awareness about the climate crisis on October 30, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But Thunberg chose not to attend this year’s conference.

“Nothing has really changed from previous years,” Thunberg said in a recent interview with The Guardian. “The leaders will say that we will do this and we will do it, and we will rally our forces and get there, and then they will do nothing. Maybe symbolic things and creative accounting and things that don’t really have a big impact. . “

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It is still unclear how Thunberg expects the political change to happen, but world leaders are using the conference to set national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN warned this week that to prevent global temperatures from rising above the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold, countries will need to adopt more aggressive strategies than previously thought.

Thunberg will still travel to Glasgow during the nearly two-week conference.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 30: Pilgrimage groups that traveled to Glasgow are joined by members of the Extinction Rebellion group as they march to raise awareness about the climate crisis on October 30, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 30: Pilgrimage groups that traveled to Glasgow are joined by members of the Extinction Rebellion group as they march to raise awareness about the climate crisis on October 30, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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On November 5, she will attend a COP26 climate strike to express her frustration at the continuing threat of COVID-19 in underdeveloped countries – a topic Thunberg has made a major issue in her fight against change climate.

Thunberg targeted Western media on Friday, advising reporters and media in developed countries to cover more news south of the equator.

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“The climate crisis is not just about extreme weather conditions. It is about people,” she wrote in coordination with Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan climate justice activist. “And while the countries of the South are on the front lines of the climate crisis, they hardly ever make the headlines of the world.

“You have the resources and the possibilities to change history overnight,” they continued. “Whether or not you choose to take on this challenge is up to you. Either way, history will judge you.”

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