Cheshire City Councilor representing Animal Welfare Party at COP26

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Alsager City Councilor Jane Smith is traveling to Glasgow to represent the Animal Welfare Party (AWP) at COP26 this weekend.

Jane, who is the party’s deputy leader and first elected adviser, will join representatives of the AWP’s Dutch sister party, the PvdD (Party for the Animals), which currently has five MPs, three Senators and one MEP as well as more than 85 advisers.

The two sides will co-organize a conference on the sidelines of COP26 to discuss a global transition to plant-based food.

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Activists from across the UK will be in attendance and the event will also be televised live, with speakers including Animal Welfare Party leader Vanessa Hudson, Oxford University professor Joseph Poorer and the co-founder of Animal Think Tank, Dr Laila Kassam.

Jane said: “COP26 represents a pivotal moment in world history as leaders come together around climate degradation, and I think it is important that our transition messages are heard, all the more so. that the links between animal agriculture and climate degradation are so enormous and yet often willfully ignored. .

“These messages will be a key part of the Friday for the Future walk and the big Saturday walk, as well as the focal point of our own conference.”

She added, “While many key events are broadcast live, it’s important for me to be there in person to support others, but also to galvanize my own resolve for the difficult years to come.”

On November 5th, Jane will attend the Fridays for Future walk where other speakers will include Greta Thunberg.

Jane said: “I have always supported Fridays for Future and I think it is a very sad accusation from mainstream politicians that they are ignoring this movement of young visionaries who are in dire need of our support – at local Fridays events. for Future, I have often been the only speaker in local or national government, which is a real shame.

“COP26 is an opportunity for like-minded people to come together to voice our serious concerns about the lack of courage of elected leaders in the face of the enormous challenges of climate degradation and to demand change. “

Jane said she hopes the world leaders summit will spur governments around the world to act.

However, she expressed concern that some of those most affected by climate change did not have a strong voice during the event.

“I am very concerned that many indigenous peoples and communities who are on the front lines of climate degradation – those in the circumpolar north, for example, or the Polynesian islanders, or the Tibetan people, to name but a few. a few – did not get adequate representation at COP 26.

“These communities should be a key voice at this event, and furthermore, we should look to the indigenous peoples who have always lived in a sustainable way, unlike us in our consumer societies.”

Jane added: “To date, the national government has been a disgrace when it comes to climate degradation, the opposition has not held it accountable for anything on this most important issue, and unfortunately it falls to the people at the local level to force the change we need – and face together the tough decisions we need to make as a responsible global community. “

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