Boris Johnson was ridiculed for incorrectly referring to the Cop26 climate summit “in Edinburgh” rather than Glasgow, where it actually took place.
The prime minister spoke at a press conference on Downing Street on Sunday as he defended a country pledge to begin phasing down coal.
“I don’t think António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, wants people to think we cracked it here at Cop in Edinburgh, of course not,” he said.
Twitter users quickly realized the misstep, with a joke, that Mr. Johnson lives in a “parallel universe to the rest of us.”
“Perpendicular. He lives in a vertical universe, ”joked another. “Parallel would at least mean that it is going in the same direction.”
It’s not the first time a celebrity has mistaken Glasgow for the Scottish capital while speaking about the crucial climate summit that ended Friday.
CNN news anchor Wolf Blizter was teased online after “reporting from Edinburgh, Scotland, where 20,000 world leaders and delegates gathered for the Cop26 climate summit” when he tweeted a picture of himself in front of Edinburgh Castle.
“I can understand how you can make this mistake. I was looking for a map and it looks like every place in Scotland is actually Glasgow, ”tweeted Marcel Dirsus, an academic, sarcastically.
The Cop26 in Glasgow ended with the countries agreeing on a commitment to “phase out” the use of coal power in order to limit the global rise in temperature.
But China and India came under fire after last-minute intervention to water down the language in the final document to “phase out” instead of “phase out”.
Mr Johnson said the deal was the “death bell” for coal power and the final wording in the paper made “not that much of a difference – the direction of travel is pretty much the same”.
Activists claim that the agreement does not go far enough and that the conference as a whole has failed.
But UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa called the pact a “good compromise” and said the goal of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 ° C was “definitely alive” after Glasgow.
“I think this is a very positive result in that it gives us clear guidance on what to do in the years ahead,” she said.