Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed 400 young people on Tuesday at a climate conference in Milan. And denounced “Thirty Years Blabla” for world leaders on climate, accusing them of “dumping the hopes of young people with their empty promises.”
The United Nations, Italy and the British 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 meetings and pretend 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.
“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 speaks truth, hope is representation, hope always comes from the people.
While the number of climate catastrophes increases, countries’ commitments remain insufficient to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees 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.