Plastics have been evicted from the COP26 global climate summit in Scotland. Or, rather, a plastic inflatable Loch Ness monster was confiscated before it could be set afloat in the River Clyde in Glasgow as part of a protest of what a group said is an insupportable debt burden on low-income countries.
The "Loch Ness Debt Monster" is about 4 meters tall, 8 meters long and 3 meters wide, but Police Scotland told the media that it violated maritime restrictions on the water for security issues at the COP26 venue. Police collected the inflatable creature before it could be released from a nearby dock.
"The debt crisis facing lower-income countries has been excluded from debate at COP26 and now police have prevented the 'Loch Ness Debt Monster' from highlighting this fundamental issue," Eva Watkinson of Jubilee Debt Campaign said in a news release. "Lower-income countries' unsustainable debt is preventing them from fighting the climate crisis. And when climate disasters hit, countries are pushed into further debt to pay for reconstruction."