Greta Thunberg chastises global leaders over climate inaction
Greta Thunberg dismissed the words of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders Tuesday who address the Earth's climate as "blah, blah, blah."
Speaking at the Youth4Climate summit, a three-day event in Milan where 400 young environmentalists hope to shape up climate policy, Thunberg mocked Johnson's April statement regarding the "green act of bunny hugging."
"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 — words that sound great but so far has led to no action. Our hopes and dreams drown in their empty words and promises."
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Reading off two folded pieces of paper, the 18-year-old climate activist denounced world governments for "shamelessly congratulating themselves" while offering inadequate promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Thunberg added, "There is no planet B. There is no planet blah."
"Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah," she continued to applause.
"Of course, we need constructive dialogue, but they have now had 30 years of 'blah, blah, blah,' and where has that led us?" she asked.
Thunberg then read off a list of climate statistics and reprimanded the media for not holding leaders accountable.
"The media is reporting on what the leaders say that they are going to do instead of what they are actually doing," she said.
Thunberg read off her projected climate statistics and categorized the "failure" of world leaders to change direction on climate change as an "intentional" betrayal.
"If this is what they consider climate action, then we don't want it," she said.
Still, "it is entirely possible" to turn the climate crisis around, Thunberg said.
Without offering any specifics, the teenager pleaded for "drastic annual emission cuts, unlike anything the world has ever seen."
For Thunberg, it is not the people in global politics who should decide what is politically possible.
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"Hope is not passive. Hope is not 'blah, blah, blah,'" she said. "Hope is telling the truth. Hope is taking action. And hope always comes from the people."
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