Greta Thunberg has criticized political leaders around the world for failing to take drastic actions to meet climate targets.
Speaking at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy, the Swedish climate activist blasted world leaders for making empty promises and hiding behind political jargon.
She mocked world leaders by quoting statements such UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said leaders are delivering too much of “blah blah blah”, instead of focusing on impactful actions.
“Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net-zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah,” she said. “This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but so far have not led to action. Our hopes and ambitions drown in their empty promises.”
In 2015, over 190 countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions drastically by 2030, to limit global warming. However, several reports over the years have shown that most of them aren’t doing enough.
A report by the UN has revealed that carbon emissions are on track to increase by 16 percent by 2030. While an independent assessment of climate actions found that only one country is on track to meet its climate goals.
2021 has witnessed some of the hottest days in history. In the last eight months, an unprecedented number of climate disasters have wrecked the lives of millions across the world.
“They invite cherry-picked young people to pretend they are listening to us,’’ she said. “But they are not. They are not listening to us. Just look at the numbers. Emissions are still rising. The science doesn’t lie. Leaders like to say, ‘We can do it.’ They don’t mean it. But we do.”
Mounting evidence has continued to point out that the younger generation will face the brunt of the climate crisis. Research has shown that children born in 2021 will experience many times more climate disasters than their grandparents.
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