Private jets and absurd displays of wealth: global elite converges in Glasgow for COP26 climate conference

Hundreds of private jets and planes carrying the world’s political and social elite landed in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Global political leaders are gathering in Glasgow to attend the event, and there has been heavy criticism aimed at the event’s carbon footprint.

Users pointed out that politicians who are actually concerned about the environment could have attended the panels over the internet, instead of flying private jets and planes to the event. 

A timelapse posted on Twitter shows hundreds of planes and private jets flying into Glasgow on October 31, the opening day of the COP26. 

Canada’s prime minister flew to the event. Justin Trudeau was picked up from the airport with a luxurious Jaguar I-Pace, an electric vehicle starting at $69,900 USD. 

U.S. President Joe Biden was seen falling asleep during the conference’s opening speeches. 

Hundreds of private jets continued to flow into Glasgow on September 1st, including Jeff Bezos’s $65m Gulf Stream. 

On the ground, the city is heavy with traffic and motorcades carrying politicians from one place to another. 

World leaders will likely announce more governmental measures and public sector financing of green technology. Energy experts have pointed out the apparent deafness of COP26 and climate promises just as the world is facing a natural gas shortage that could endanger millions.

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