Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has criticised governments around the world for having “drowned” future generations with “empty words and promises”.
Speaking ahead of a crunch UN climate meeting in Glasgow, Thunberg accused governments of “shamelessly congratulating themselves” for insufficient pledges to cut emissions and promises of financing.
The 18-year-old told delegates at the Youth4Climate event in Milan of the gap between words and actions while saying that “There is no Planet B, there is no planet blah, blah, blah,”.
Echoing Boris Johnson’s COP26 summit speech, Thunberg said, “This is not about some expensive politically correct dream of bunny hugging, or build back better, blah blah blah, green economy, blah blah blah, net-zero by 2050, 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 have led to no action, our hopes and dreams drowned in their empty words and promises,”.
Following Thunberg’s speech, Ugandan youth activist Vanessa Nakate said, “How long must children sleep hungry because their farms have been washed away, because their crops have been dried up because of the extreme weather conditions?”
“How long are we to watch them die of thirst and gasp for air in the floods? World leaders watch this happen and allow this to continue.”