UN Projects ‘Go Away’ Onto Its Own Building in Fight With Activists

"Climate talks devolved into a literal war of words between the UN and activists on the side of the convention center where climate talks are happening."

"GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Tuesday night saw a war of the projections in Glasgow. Activists sent a message to the United Nations, and the UN struck back, though the organization may have accidentally told onlookers in Glasgow to “go away.”

The spat took place at an unusual venue: On the side of what’s known as the SEC Armadillo, one of Glasgow’s landmarks and part of the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) where the UN climate talks have been taking place since last week.

It’s this building that UK activist group Gastivists, which oppose gas projects in the UK as well as abroad, decided to target with a visual protest. Throughout the UN climate meetings, the group has been executing actions to send the message that the global methane pledge reached by more than 100 countries last week wasn’t enough. They have also criticized the EU’s continued investment in new gas projects despite multiple major bans on fracking from European leaders.

On Tuesday night, the Gastivists set up a projector across the River Clyde from the SEC campus to project their messages. They successfully got some phrases up on the side of the SEC Armadillo, including “GLOBAL FRACKING BAN,” “CLEAN GAS IS A DIRTY LIE,” “BAN FRACKING NOW” and “NET 0 IS NOT 0.” The latter has been a rallying cry of activists at the talks who have worried net zero pledges could be an excuse to keep digging up fossil fuels."

Molly Taft reports for Earther November 10, 2021.

Source: Earther, 11/11/2021