Scenes From COP26
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Scenes From COP26

The world's leaders, inspiring activists, even giant puppets—snapshots from the Glasgow climate meeting

Ocean Rebellion activists protest against destructive industrial fishing during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, on November 4, 2021.
Ocean Rebellion activists protest against destructive industrial fishing during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, on November 4, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

As the sun sets on the final hours of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we take one last look back with a slideshow of images from the past thirteen days at COP26. 

Some of the highlights from the two-week meeting included the signing of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, a pledge to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. The United States and China agreed to work together to tackle climate change by reducing methane emissions, protecting forests, and phasing out coal—though skeptics will await tangible results. Low-income countries want concrete climate rules and financial commitments from major greenhouse gas emitters. Indigenous climate activist Txai Suruí gave a powerful speech, as did Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, and former President Barack Obama.

The coast guard patrol as the early morning sun shines on the River Clyde and the venue for COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10, 2021.
A delegate wanders through the conference venue in Glasgow. 
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021.
Crowds demonstrate in the streets in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 6, 2021.
People dressed as Pikachu—a character from Pokémon—protest against the funding of coal by Japan, near the COP26 conference venue in Glasgow, on November 4, 2021.
A person holds a small sign during a protest outside JP Morgan during the conference in Glasgow.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a magnetic speech during COP26 on November 8, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden puts on headphones to listen to speeches during the "Action on Forests and Land Use" event.
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate speaks at a Fridays for Future march during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021.
A delegate walks past an "all in for 1.5" sign during the climate conference. The phrase refers to the 2015 Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Saudi Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud speaks during the meeting.
Tuvalu's Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs Simon Kofe gives a COP26 speech while standing knee-deep in the ocean in Funafuti, Tuvalu, on November 5.
China's chief climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua gives a thumbs up at aa COP26 meeting
Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Maria Luisa Albores Gonzalez spoke at COP26 on November 10, 2021.
The President of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Alok Sharma, talks to the media as he walks through the conference center in Glasgow.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry discusses a joint China and United States agreement on climate action during the second week of the conference.
Members of Indigenous Minga attend a protest. 
People gather around "Little Amal," a giant puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl at COP26
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holds her face mask as she addresses a panel at COP26 on November 9, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 10, 2021.
Climate activist Adelaide Charlier holds up her palms, which show a sketch of an eye and a 1.5
In many cities around the world, climate activists marched to send a message to decision-makers in Glasgow. At a London protest, a child holds a banner on November 6, 2021.
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The coast guard patrol as the early morning sun shines on the River Clyde and the venue for COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10, 2021. A delegate wanders through the conference venue in Glasgow.  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. Crowds demonstrate in the streets in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 6, 2021. People dressed as Pikachu—a character from Pokémon—protest against the funding of coal by Japan, near the COP26 conference venue in Glasgow, on November 4, 2021. A person holds a small sign during a protest outside JP Morgan during the conference in Glasgow. Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a magnetic speech during COP26 on November 8, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden puts on headphones to listen to speeches during the "Action on Forests and Land Use" event. Climate activist Vanessa Nakate speaks at a Fridays for Future march during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. A delegate walks past an "all in for 1.5" sign during the climate conference. The phrase refers to the 2015 Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Saudi Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud speaks during the meeting. Tuvalu's Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs Simon Kofe gives a COP26 speech while standing knee-deep in the ocean in Funafuti, Tuvalu, on November 5. China's chief climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua gives a thumbs up at aa COP26 meeting Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Maria Luisa Albores Gonzalez spoke at COP26 on November 10, 2021. The President of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Alok Sharma, talks to the media as he walks through the conference center in Glasgow. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry discusses a joint China and United States agreement on climate action during the second week of the conference. Members of Indigenous Minga attend a protest.  People gather around "Little Amal," a giant puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl at COP26 U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holds her face mask as she addresses a panel at COP26 on November 9, 2021. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 10, 2021. Climate activist Adelaide Charlier holds up her palms, which show a sketch of an eye and a 1.5 In many cities around the world, climate activists marched to send a message to decision-makers in Glasgow. At a London protest, a child holds a banner on November 6, 2021.
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Mary Brophy Marcus is the deputy managing editor of Think Global Health. She is a health journalist who specializes in medicine, health policy, and global health. 

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