Greta Thunberg Slams Political Leaders, “Blah, Blah, Blah

Sep 30, 2021, 20:17 IST


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Greta Thunberg has criticised international leaders for failing to take strong measures to attain global climate targets.

The Swedish climate activist slammed international leaders for making hollow promises and hiding behind political language while speaking at the Youth4Climate conference in Milan, Italy.

She ridiculed international leaders by citing remarks by Boris Johnson, who stated, "This is not some expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging," and Narendra Modi, who said, "Fighting climate change calls for innovation, cooperation, and willpower," but insisted that the science was not misleading.

"Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders -- words, words that sound great but so far, has led to no action or hopes and dreams. Empty words and promises."

The Youth4Climate gathering, which took place just two days before dozens of ministers assemble in Milan for a final high-level meeting before the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow in November. President of COP26 Alok Sharma attended the youth gathering and will preside over the ministers' meeting.

Later this week, the youth attendees will compile a list of recommendations for ministers to take into account. Ministers are likely to strive to unify their stances on topics on the Glasgow agenda, including as setting a deadline for coal usage and determining who should pay what to help the Global South transition to low-carbon economies.

Over 190 nations committed in 2015 to substantially decrease carbon emissions by 2030 in order to minimise global warming. Several reports throughout the years, however, have revealed that the majority of them are not doing enough.

According to a UN study, carbon emissions are expected to rise by 16 percent by 2030. Only one country, according to an independent evaluation of climate action, is on pace to fulfil its climate objectives.

Some of the hottest days in history have occurred in 2021. An unprecedented number of climatic catastrophes have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people throughout the world in the previous eight months.

The younger generation is expected to bear the burden of the climate catastrophe, according to mounting data. According to studies, children born in 2021 will be exposed to far more climatic catastrophes than their grandparents.