ACTIVISTS from around the world staged a mass walkout of COP26 to join campaigners protesting at the front gates of the summit.

It comes as climate activists took to the stage at a “People’s Plenary” session as the negotiations head into the final hours.

The COP26 Coalition organised the event on Friday, with one of the UN climate conference’s halls filled with hundreds of representatives from civil society groups.

Protesters could be heard chanting “the people united, will never be defeated” as they left the main hall, and made their way through the SEC conference centre.

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Footage from Friends of the Earth Scotland shows galvanised protestors stomping and clapping as they called for more action on fossil fuels.

Leaving the conference centre, activists sang loudly: “Keep it in the ground, lets keep it in the ground”

A number of protests are due to take place on the final scheduled day of Cop26, though the summit is expected to overrun into the weekend.

A rally is expected to take place in Finnieston Street outside the venue in the afternoon.

One of those speaking at the People’s Plenary was Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an indigenous activist from Canada.

She said: “Myself and others have been criminalised by our government.

“I watched (prime minister) Justin Trudeau pose for pictures with indigenous land defenders, meanwhile land defenders are taken as political prisoners back home.”

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Mary Church, of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the meeting was to express “deep frustration” with the climate summit.

She said: “We are hurtling ever closer to reaching the critical 1.5C threshold.

“Climate change already impacts and threatens billions of lives.”

It comes as environmental campaign groups criticised the second draft of the Glasgow Agreement as going “backwards” after watering down crucial commitments on fossil fuels.

And, on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon said that world leaders have “no excuse” not to deliver on the $100 billion climate pledge.

The financial commitment was promised 12 years ago and has been one of the sticking points at the climate summit as leaders of rich countries are urged to contribute more for adaptation and mitigation of climate change.