“There is no Planet B, there is no planet Blebble, BellaBella, Green Economy, BellaBella, Carbon Neutrality in 2050,” she said to the applause of 400 young people from around the world. These were collected by the United Nations in Milan a month before the crucial COP26 climate conference.
That’s all we hear from our so-called leaders. Lyrics. Words that sound good but do not lead to action. Our hopes and dreams are drowned out by their empty words and promises.”
“Of course we need a constructive dialogue,” said the activist, “but they’ve spent 30 years of nonsense, and where did that take us?” Thunberg called the “deliberate” failure of world leaders to act a “betrayal of present and future generations”.
The UN, Italy and UK Presidency of COP26 invited 400 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 from nearly 200 countries to prepare a three-day joint statement in Milan. It will be presented to ministers at a meeting later this week.
They invite guys who have been specially selected for these kinds of gatherings and claim to listen to us, but they don’t. “They don’t listen to us, they never listen to us,” Thunberg told event organizers from the podium.
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“But we can change things,” she pleaded.
“We can no longer allow those in power to determine what is politically possible or not, and we can no longer allow those in power to determine what is hope. Hope is not a blast, hope is telling the truth, hope is representation, hope always comes from people.”
While the number of climate disasters increases, countries’ commitments remain insufficient to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era, and potentially less than 1.5 degrees.
According to the latest United Nations assessment, published in mid-September, the world is heading for a “catastrophic” warming of 2.7 degrees.