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Thousands of activists have taken part in climate protests across the island of Ireland.

Dublin and Belfast witnessed two of the largest demonstrations, while events were staged in a variety of other towns and cities including Cork and Londonderry.

Thousands of activists have taken part in climate protests across the island of Ireland. Dublin and Belfast witnessed two of the largest demonstrations, while events were staged in a variety of other towns and cities including Cork and Londonderry.

Thousands of activists have taken part in climate protests across the island of Ireland. Dublin and Belfast witnessed two of the largest demonstrations, while events were staged in a variety of other towns and cities including Cork and Londonderry.

Belfast people have never been accused of lacking an opinion – and yesterday there was plenty of proof of at Belfast City Hall.

Not one but five individual protests were taking place at the town hall on Donegall Square.

The biggest involved more than 200 people supporting action on climate change in response to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.

SDLP MLA Claire Hanna addressed the crowd which had gathered for the rally entitled ‘Demand Strong Climate Action’.

People had marched from the university area for the rally which was also attended by Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl. However, stage right we had climate change deniers, holding placards declaring that global warming was all a hoax.

Just feet away were several people protesting against abortion laws.

And just to make matters more complicated, six protesters gathered under the famous Dome of Delight saying that Covid was a hoax.

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 A number of protests were held today in Belfast along side the climate Change rally. Those who believe that the climate change was a Lie, that Covid was baseless, the flag Protest still continues and the God Squad to keep everyone in order.

A number of protests were held today in Belfast along side the climate Change rally. Those who believe that the climate change was a Lie, that Covid was baseless, the flag Protest still continues and the God Squad to keep everyone in order.

A number of protests were held today in Belfast along side the climate Change rally. Those who believe that the climate change was a Lie, that Covid was baseless, the flag Protest still continues and the God Squad to keep everyone in order.

But of course, no demonstration at City Hall would be complete without the famous flag protesters, who are now in their ninth year of pickets after Belfast City Council voted to remove the Union flag.

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A union flag protester at Belfast City Hall today

A union flag protester at Belfast City Hall today

A union flag protester at Belfast City Hall today

In Dublin, hundreds of people marched across the city in a demonstration demanding climate justice that began at the Garden of Remembrance at noon.

Climate change protesters are urging COP26 leaders to take climate change seriously at the international conference taking place in Glasgow.

As part of the action, protesters have taken to the streets in Derry, Waterford, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Belfast, London and Glasgow.

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In Glasgow, rally goers braved wind and pouring rain to demonstrate in the city where the United Nations climate conference is being held. Activists, trade unionists, politicians and other groups all took part.

Down the road in London, hundreds gathered outside the Bank of England before marching through the city banging steel drums and chanting 'one solution'. Extinction Rebellion banners reading 'tell the truth' were also on display.

Organisers of the COP26 Coalition said that some 200 events are taking place across the world. Youth activists Greta Thunberg from Sweden and Vanessa Nakate from Uganda marched through Glasgow on Friday protesting against the failure to tackle the climate crisis.

Speaking at the event, 18-year-old Greta told thousands of protesters that COP26 was a failure.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking in George Square, Glasgow (Danny Lawson/PA)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking in George Square, Glasgow (Danny Lawson/PA)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking in George Square, Glasgow (Danny Lawson/PA)

“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure,” she said, branding the talks as “a two-week long celebration of business as usual and ‘blah, blah, blah’.”

"This is no longer a climate conference. This is now a global greenwashing festival."

"They cannot ignore the scientific consensus and they cannot ignore us. Our leaders are not leading. This is what leadership looks like," she said gesturing to the crowd.

Micheál Martin attended the COP26 event last week where he addressed the conference.

“This is an important meeting for all of the world’s people. We come here as leaders, and it is vital that we offer the leadership the world now urgently needs," he said.

“Climate change is real – we are seeing its serious impacts already. The IPCC Report in August confirmed to us that it is widespread, it is rapid, and it is intensifying. The scale of this change is unprecedented."

"But, as the report made clear, it is not too late," he said.

“Human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate, the very future of our planet."

Revealing Ireland's plan to tackle the climate crisis he said “we have enacted legislation to put a legally binding target of reducing our emissions by 2030 to 51% below 2018 levels". He says that Ireland will reach climate neutrality by 2050.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow (Hannah McKay/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow (Hannah McKay/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow (Hannah McKay/PA)

“We are working closely with our EU partners in the green transition that will make Europe the first climate-neutral continent. We are implementing a statutory system of carbon budgeting and emissions ceilings for each sector of the economy," he said, adding: “We are working at the UN Security Council to put the destabilising impacts of climate change firmly on the agenda."

The conference which began on October 31st is set to run until November 12th.

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