COP26 leaders urged to act NOW as four stages of climate grief outlined in cartoon

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Conceived by environmental campaigner Dale Vince and brought to life by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Joel Pett, it mimics the “four stages of grief”. It was released as world leaders descended on the seminal climate change conference in Glasgow amid hopes that it could turn the tide against carbon emissions.

Mr Vince envisaged that – much like grief – there are four stages to the climate change problem.

The founder of green energy supplier Ecotricity – a key partner of Express.co.uk’s Green Britain campaign – listed “the four stages of climate grief” in the hilarious and ominous artwork.

It describes them as “denial”, “deflection”, “delay” and finally “d’oh”.

It imagines a world where nothing or not enough is done to protect the planet by humanity and warns of the catastrophic consequences this would create.

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Mr Vince hopes that world leaders – including US President Joe Biden, French leader Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson – pay heed to its warning.

He told Express.co.uk: “Back in the summer I bumped into an outfit called @rewritingextinction – a global collaboration of over 300 artists, writers, comedians, scientists and activists all uniting to save as many species from extinction as humanly possible.

“They gave me the chance to come up with a concept for COP26 and get it drawn.

“I went for something themed around the ‘four stages of grief’- with a climate twist.

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“Right now I reckon most of the world is between stages two and three – deflection and delay.

“I’m hoping we avoid the final one.”

Mr Johnson’s speech at the conference indicated that he is acutely aware of the dangers the climate emergency presents to humanity.

Issuing a stark warning to world leaders in Scotland’s largest city, he branded a pledge for all the biggest economies to achieve net-zero emissions at the weekend G20 summit in Rome as “vague”.

The commitments were “drops in a rapidly warming ocean when you consider the challenge we’ve all admitted is ahead of us,” he said.

“If Glasgow fails then the whole thing fails.

“The Paris Agreement (in 2015 to limit global temperature to 1.5C above pre-industrial times) will have crumpled at the first reckoning.”

Other world leaders – especially less developed countries – haven’t been so keen to adopt the same rhetoric, however.

India pledged to hit net zero by 2070 – 20 years later than the summit target set by Mr Johnson.

China also failed to make any new major commitments – much to the disappointment of many considering it is one of the world’s largest polluters.

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