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UN climate talks a failure – Greta Thunberg

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Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg addressing  youth protesters at a march in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Saturday.
Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg addressing youth protesters at a march in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Saturday.

SCOTLAND: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg branded the UN climate talks in Glasgow so far “a failure”, and accused the world leaders gathered for COP26 of greenwashing their countries’ emissions.

“It is not a secret that COP 26 is a failure,” Thunberg said, speaking at a rally outside the conference venue. The teenage activist said that we need immediate, drastic annual emission cuts unlike anything the world has ever seen before, to stay below the target set in the Paris agreement.

Thousands of campaigners, including many youths, marched through the streets of Glasgow on Friday, demanding urgent action from world leaders at the UN climate conference to stave off catastrophic climate change. They protested largely voluntary resolutions made at the conference, and accused world leaders of excluding the biggest polluters, or setting deadlines decades away.

“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got you into it in the first place. And more and more people are starting to realise this. Many are starting to ask themselves what will it take for the people in power to wake up. But let’s be clear. They are already awake. They know exactly what they are doing,” Thunberg said.

“They know exactly what priceless values that are sacrificing to maintain business as usual. The leaders are not doing nothing. They are actively creating loopholes and shaping frameworks to benefit themselves and to continue profiting from this destructive system”:.

“The COP-26 has turned into a PR event where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets while behind the curtains, the governments of the global north countries are refusing to take any drastic climate action. It seems like their main goal is to continue to fight for status quo. And COP26 has been named the most exclusionary COP ever. This is no longer a climate conference. This is now a global north greenwash festival. A two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah,” she said.

“The most affected people in the most affected areas still remain unheard and the voices of future generations are drowning in their greenwash and empty words and promises. But the facts do not lie and we know our emperors are naked,” Thunberg added.


Monday, November 8, 2021 – 01:00

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