COP-26: A Kyrgyz Journalist’s Perspective

by Baktygul Chynybaeva
|November 11, 2021

COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph credit score: Baktygul Chynybaeva

On the tenth day of COP-26 in Glasgow, we, the contributors from Kyrgyzstan, held a web based assembly with local weather activists from the nation. I discovered that solely seven Kyrgyz environmental activists in Bishkek organized a particular protest to assist a protest rally in Glasgow. Satirically, Bishkek is without doubt one of the most polluted cities on this planet at present.

Today, I’ve seen numerous actions at COP-26, met with well-known environmental bloggers, and interviewed a professor who research local weather change within the arts.

COP26 activists. Many complained in regards to the lack of ladies, youth and indigenous peoples current. Photograph credit score: Baktygul Chynybaeva

On the lookout for somebody to touch upon an early environmental schooling program within the UK, I approached a girl within the Nuclear Power Pavilion. She was very well mannered and type. We had an exquisite dialog about nuclear vitality, the way it was correctly taught to high school youngsters and the way it was launched to the individuals. On the finish of our dialog, she gave me a card. Once I went again to the lodge and searched her identify on Google, I noticed Dianna Cowern, the @thephysicsgirl, a well known local weather activist who had raised greater than $ 300,000 for the atmosphere alone! If such activists had been in Kyrgyzstan, might they assist clear Bishkek’s polluted air and cut back the melting of critically endangered glaciers by 2050?

One other fascinating incident occurred outdoors of the COP-26 constructing. Often there are numerous protests outdoors the venue. I noticed an fascinating marketing campaign referred to as the Mantle of Hope.

Singing activists with the “Coat of Hopes” in entrance of the COP26 in Glasgow. Photograph credit score: Baktygul Chynybaeva

A number of local weather activists took a protracted coat that was embroidered from numerous small materials, put it on somebody and sang nice songs. Once I obtained all for them and began photographing the entire course of, they invited me to put on the coat myself.

The sensation I had once I was sporting the coat was wonderful. It’s extremely heat, however on the similar time very tough. Every sq. of cloth on the coat mirrored the weather conditions of the world and the cities of assorted local weather activists who wore it. It had photos of the melting arctic ice and glaciers. A whole bunch of local weather activists have made this coat from hundreds of supplies and handcraft. Activists walked hundreds of kilometers to Glasgow to take motion. The concept is that everybody on earth should struggle local weather change collectively – that it may be tackled collectively.

One other extraordinary individual was Xavier Cortada, who organized the “Hiya” marketing campaign at COP-26. He was a professor of artwork on the College of Miami. Once I spoke to him, he requested me in regards to the sea stage in my nation, and I used to be completely happy to say that I reside in a excessive mountain area three to 4 thousand meters above the ocean. He instantly requested in regards to the glaciers. Once I instructed him that the tiny glaciers in Kyrgyzstan might disappear by 2050, Cortada was so upset. He mentioned he was afraid of it as a result of Miami can slide beneath the ocean in a short time when the Kyrgyz glaciers soften. He additionally talked to me about how, in his opinion, we will convey adjustments to the worldwide dialogue in regards to the local weather disaster by visible arts.

The COP-26 in Glasgow will quickly be over, however nobody is aware of what different surprises await a journalist who comes from Kyrgyzstan, the nation whose glaciers are melting so rapidly.

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