COP26 Toxic Tour of Glasgow

A ‘toxic tour’ of Glasgow’s links with fossil fuel industry

As hosts of the COP 26 climate summit, Glasgow has been keen to promote its green image and position itself as a leader in the fight to combat climate change. 

The Ferret joined one of the “toxic tours” led by climate change activists which highlighted the city’s links to fossil fuel investors and energy companies accused of exploiting indigenous people in the global south. 

The guided walk, organised by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Glasgow Calls Out Polluters, started outside Glasgow City Chambers and visited various city centre sites ending up on the banks of the Clyde. The organisations discussed on the tour included Glasgow City Council, SSE, ScottishPower, Teekay Shipping and Barclays Bank

Organiser and guide, Pascoe Sabido from CEO, told The Ferret: “We have been taking people on a ‘toxic tour’ of Glasgow to expose its colonial past, its polluting present and its greenwashing future.”

The Ferret’s coverage of some of the companies included in the tour, along with their comments, can be found herehere and here

Further information on Scotland’s colonial past can be found here. Details of Teekay’s arctic operations are here.

Video and cover image by Stuart Spray.

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