Just as the Greenpeace ship narrowly squeezes under the 27-meter bridge on its way to COP26 after a stalemate with port authorities as police have to close it to traffic
Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior caused travel chaos around Glasgow today when it was refused docking near the COP26 summit on climate change.
Activists aboard the ship headed for Glasgow on the River Clyde for the climate summit. But the police forbade the boat from entering the water near the campus.
A confrontation was avoided and a compromise was reached at 11 a.m. when police agreed that the boat could proceed and dock at Govan Dock, two miles from the conference site.
But traffic chaos ensued when police closed roads around Erskine Bridge, which crosses the River Clyde and is about 15 miles from the site.
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Activists aboard the ship headed for Glasgow on the River Clyde for the climate summit. A confrontation was avoided and a compromise was reached at the eleventh hour when the police agreed that the boat could go ahead and dock at Govan Dock
A Greenpeace activist aboard the boat told MailOnline: ‘The captain has decided to ignore the port authority’s warnings and will continue the vessel’s journey as the activists’ message and presence at COP26 are fundamental to its success. of it.
“The highest part of our boat is 54 meters and the police have told us that the Erskine Bridge is 54 meters high, so we are counting on low tide to get us through.
‘The bridge will be closed to both traffic and the roads around it.’
A Greenpeace spokesperson said the organization did not understand why they were not welcome at the conference, as they are all “singing from the same hymn sheet” about climate change.
Rainbow Warrior has four youth climate activists aboard the ship who are members of Fridays for Future MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas).
They come from four countries on three continents – Namibia, Uganda, Mexico and Bangladesh – and demand that world leaders ‘stop letting us down’.
Police set up roadblocks along the banks of the River Clyde and officers were stationed at various points along the water.
A helicopter hovered overhead as traffic was diverted from the Erskine Bridge.
Police also launched a boat to escort Rainbow Warrior, with Captain Hettie Geenen at the helm, towards Glasgow.