Greenpeace reaction to Johnson’s COP26 opening speech


Responding to Boris Johnson’s opening statement at the COP26 summit, Greenpeace UK’s head of politics Rebecca Newsom said:

“Boris Johnson was right to match a grave tone about the climate crisis with words of hope about the potential for more action over the next fortnight. But with just one minute to midnight on the climate clock, why is the Prime Minister still taking steps in the opposite direction? Today’s announcement about UK climate finance is a complete distraction as it’s not new money and it’s not even guaranteed. Meanwhile, Johnson has left the door open to new oil and gas licences at a time when climate scientists and energy experts have made clear this is incompatible with the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees. We hope world leaders listen to Johnson’s warnings, but maybe he needs to listen to them himself.”


Contact: Greenpeace UK press team at and on 07807 149439

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