Youth activists call climate talks 'popularity contest'

The main aim of the United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow is to keep alive a target of capping global warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels - the limit scientists say would avoid its most destructive consequences.

Both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and COP26 President Alok Sharma have referenced the anger and concern of young people about climate change, and urged world leaders to consider their future in their deliberations.

Fridays for Future activist Isabelle Axelsson, 20, from Sweden told Reuters she did not feel politicians were genuinely listening to the calls of young people.

"They'll say anything to be popular, and at the moment it's popular to be in with the youth, especially within climate and climate justice," Axelsson told Reuters at COP26.

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