Climate activists lift placard against fossil fuel use at COP28 amid rare protests in UAE

Unprecedented scenes of public protests greeted attendees at the COP28 United Nations climate summit held in Dubai, marking a rare occurrence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pics/AFP

Updated On: 2023-12-04 05:04 PM IST

Compiled by : Sanjana Deshpande

Unprecedented scenes of public protests greeted attendees at the COP28 United Nations climate summit held in Dubai, marking a rare occurrence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pics/AFP

Activists within the 'Blue Zone' of the summit, under strict guidelines, held placards and rallied against major CO2 emitters, urging support for the 'Loss and Damage' fund benefiting vulnerable countries grappling with climate change impacts.

At the COP28 climate summit's opening day, a loss and damage fund to aid vulnerable nations to cope with the impact of climate change was officially launched. 

The protestors donned anime costumes to protest against the use of fossil fuels in the rare protests and held placards which read 'Sayonara Fossil Fuels'.

The UAE, known for stringent restrictions, allowed entry to human rights researchers from previously banned organizations, granting them a platform within the summit's confines.

While acknowledging the allowance for limited protests as a positive step, some researchers, like Joey Shea from Human Rights Watch, highlighted concerns about the UAE's intentions to bolster its international image without genuinely upholding rights.

Unlike some past COP summits, where massive marches were witnessed outside the venue, the current event has seen a more contained demonstration.

Notably, around 100 individuals staged a solidarity protest for Palestinians, on Sunday, near Israel's pavilion at Expo City, focusing on chanting, remembrance, and symbolic gestures.

Activists like Babawale Obayanju, representing the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice from Nigeria, emphasised the need to highlight civilian casualties in Gaza alongside environmental concerns, utilizing the COP platform as a vital arena for advocacy and action.

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