COP26: Annie Lennox urges world leaders to take 'action needed' on climate change

Annie Lennox has called on world leaders to take the “action needed” to prevent the Earth from suffering the “apocalyptic” impacts of climate change.

The chart-topping Eurythmics singer, solo star and political campaigner insisted that “words and targets are not enough” as she demanded politicians take “real action to tackle global warming”.

She spoke out ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, which will bring together leaders together as they seek to keep global temperature rises in check.

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Aberdeen-born Lennox, who is the chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, said that she first became aware of the impact of “man-made pollution and green gas emissions” more than 40 years ago – a time when she said many regarded global warming as an “eccentric notion”.

Call for climate change action: Annie Lennox

Now she said that “climate change, or more frankly, climate emergency, is truly the issue that gives me the worst sense of anxiety and dread about the future, not only for our children, but for their children’s children”.

She stated: “Over 40 years ago, I first became aware that man-made pollution and greenhouse gas emissions were causing enormous damage to our planet’s environment and biodiversity. Not forgetting the melting of our ancient Arctic ice caps.

“Four decades ago, many people dismissed this as an eccentric notion or they were simply in denial of the facts.

“Now, while the impact of unfettered industrialisation remains largely unaddressed, this unimaginable problem is accelerating exponentially, threatening the entire balance of nature on our planet, from weather systems and rising temperatures in sea levels, to the sustainability of life itself.”

Lennox, who was raised in Ellon, continued: “In 2021, we are seeing the cumulative impact of relentless human exploitation of the planet – something we still don’t seem to be able to admit or face up to.

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“We have become disconnected from nature and blind to the destruction that has been taking place for years, right under our noses.

“Our forests, jungles, great coral reefs, oceans, rivers, and all living species and organisms are in existential jeopardy, yet we still carry on as if nothing is happening.

“Over the next two weeks, I will be joining people around the world to demand that political leaders meeting in Glasgow for the United Nation’s Cop26 climate summit must take the action needed to avert this impending apocalyptic scenario.”

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