Climate campaigners took to the streets of Glasgow on Wednesday to denounce industry-fueled greenwashing efforts they charge are rampant within the COP26 climate summit now taking place in the Scottish city.\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;m marching to take a stand against all companies harming the planet while offering inexcusably skewed perceptions of themselves.\u0022\r\n\r\nMembers of Extinction Rebellion (XR) along with other advocacy groups and movements who marched against greenwashing accused COP26 sponsors such as Google and the National Grid of \u0022covering up their destructive habits with this PR trick while corrupting climate negotiations and endangering life on Earth.\u0022\r\n\r\nRob Callander of the group Jubilee for Climate said at the march that \u0022one day soon, all the blah, blah, blahs of greenwash will be used as evidence against those who knew the suffering climate change was causing—and would cause—and still used their creativity to prevent action.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022There is no place for corporations, governments, or individuals who behave this way—exposing their lies is just the beginning,\u0022 added the London-based 31-year-old. \u0022Justice demands that we use their wealth and assets to repair the damage they have done.\u0022\r\n\r\nMarchers of all ages shared how their frustration with corporate interests and government leaders motivated them to join the protest.\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;m so tired of the number of companies profiting from a disingenuous perception of themselves as \u0026#039;ethical\u0026#039; or \u0026#039;green\u0026#039; when the reality is totally the opposite,\u0022 said XR activist Helen Smith, a 34-year-old from Glasgow, in a statement. \u0022It makes us all skeptical of genuine green claims at a time when this action is more important than ever.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;m marching to take a stand against all companies harming the planet while offering inexcusably skewed perceptions of themselves for the benefit of their own brand image,\u0022 Smith said. \u0022And to call to our government to improve regulation to make misguiding the public illegal.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFellow XR activist Mike Grant, a retired 61-year-old from the Scottish village of Rosewell, said that \u0022after 25 years of climate negotiation, we\u0026#039;ve seen nothing more than a massive failure of governance at every level across the world.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022So I am acting today to make clear to those gathering for COP26 that the people demand far bolder and far faster action now,\u0022 he added. \u0022Every fraction of a degree avoided is a life, a town, a species saved somewhere in the world.\u0022\r\n\r\nAkke Houtsoma, a 20-year-old administrative worker, traveled from the Netherlands to attend COP26 protests, where activists have carried signs demanding a swift transition from fossil fuels and declaring that \u0022Greenwashing = Murder.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022For us, there\u0026#039;s very little hope,\u0022 Houtsoma told The New York Times Wednesday. \u0022I feel the most anxiety not about my future, but for the people right now who are suffering.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs the newspaper detailed:\r\n\r\n\r\nA focus of the climate conference on Wednesday has been on how to pay for a global shift to cleaner energy sources. Even as a group of the world\u0026#039;s biggest investors, banks, and insurers vowed to commit their more than $130 trillion in assets to pursuing climate goals, protesters were doubtful that the promises would be fulfilled.\r\n\r\n\u0022The promises coming out are quite good, but they are still just promises,\u0022 said Marilyn Spurr, 74, a retired high school teacher from Devon, England, who is a member of Extinction Rebellion, a British-based activist group. \u0022If they step up to the mark, good for them, but so far we haven\u0026#039;t seen a lot of it.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\nRichard Brooks, climate finance director at the group Stand.earth, was similarly skeptical of the announcement that \u0022through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), over $130 trillion of private capital is committed to transforming the economy for net-zero.\u0022\r\n\r\nBrooks said that \u0022these commitments by private finance, including the world\u0026#039;s largest fossil fuel financiers, seem more like smoke and mirrors than real climate action. It\u0026#039;s past time to clean up balance sheets and phase out fossil fuel financing, starting in 2021 not 2030.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSwedish activist Greta Thunberg of the youth-led Fridays for Future movement said in a series of tweets Wednesday that the fossil fuel industry and banks \u0022are among the biggest climate villains\u0022 and blasted what critics call the \u0022false solution\u0022 of offsetting planet-heating emissions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Offsetting risks human rights transgressions and to harm already vulnerable communities. Offsetting is often hypocrisy and it is swirling around at #COP26,\u0022 Thunberg tweeted. \u0022In broad daylight, we are being gaslit by corporates and governments but we are exposing the climate lies.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWednesday\u0026#039;s action comes as critics of offsetting continue to collect signatures for a joint statement warning against supposed \u0022nature-based solutions\u0022 like tree-planting that corporate polluters push so they can \u0022keep burning fossil fuels, mine more of the planet, and increase industrial meat and dairy production.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams reported Tuesday, more than 300 groups and individuals from around the globe warn that such \u0022purported solutions will result in \u0026#039;nature-based dispossessions\u0026#039;\u0022 and argue that \u0022only a rapid, time-bound plan to leaving the remaining coal, oil, and gas reserves in the ground and industrial agriculture overhauled will avert catastrophic climate chaos.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Herald, a Glasgow-based newspaper, noted that more protests are planned for the rest of COP26, including a Fridays for Future march in two days; a justice-focused event in the Scottish city on Saturday, set to be a global day of action; and several smaller protests scheduled for next week.