HUNDREDS of activists have walked out of COP26 branding it a failure as police thwarted two protesters who tried to break in.

Delegates sang and chanted as they marched through the climate summit venue in Glasgow to join a demonstration outside.

Two men tried to climb the perimeter fence and turnstiles to get in but were immediately stopped by police. 

Many activists carried red ribbons representing the red lines they said the summit had crossed by failing to deliver urgent action to limit global warming.

The protest followed civil society groups delivering the “People’s Declaration for Climate Justice”, which said: “The time for words without action has come and gone.”

It added: “We no longer have the luxury of time to sit back and allow governments and private interests to destroy our future. 

“Scientific predictions are increasingly dire; it is not hyperbolic to assert that the very future of humanity depends on the outcomes of these negotiations. 

"Governments must immediately heed the growing demands of those already facing crisis and those who will face crisis and bravely reimagine our world in a way that guarantees everyone the right to live with dignity and in harmony with our planet.”

The activists paraded through the inner Blue Zone on the north bank of the Clyde to meet a rally hosted by Extinction Rebellion Scotland and Fridays for Future Scotland.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an indigenous activist from Canada, said: "COP26 is a performance. 

“It is an illusion constructed to save the capitalist economy rooted in resource extraction and colonialism. I didn’t come here to fix the agenda - I came here to disrupt it."

Kavita Naidu from the Gender and Women constituency said: “These leaders continue to fail us because they just don’t have what it takes to do what needs to be done.”

Mary Church, of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the protest 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.”

Jason Boberg of the Disability Caucus said: “People with disabilities are on the frontlines of climate change. Disabled people are literally left behind to die. This is a choice governments are making. There is no climate justice without accessibility.”

At the rally outside the venue, activists expressed their anger at the pace of progress.

Nayara Castiglioni Amaral, 29, a member of the Brazilian climate group Engajamundo, said: “It was such an important COP, but it was not different from any of the others.

“It was promises, it’s all ‘blah, blah blah’ really.They’re not making any progress in the text.”