There is no more time to waste. In Milan, in front of 400 young people from 200 countries, Greta Thunberg calls on leaders around the world to wake up and take the climate crisis seriously. The young Swedish activist accuses them of having drowned their hope in words and of having betrayed current and future generations.
” There is no planet B, there is no planet blah … blah, blah, blah … This is not a politically correct and costly ecological act with rabbits that hug each other or blah, blah, blah … ‘Build back better’ … blah, blah, blah. ‘Green economy’, blah, blah … that’s all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound good but so far have not led to any action“castigates environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
“It’s time to keep your promises” hammered another young ambassador, the Ugandan Vanessa Nakate, activist for climate justice and to recall that the populations least responsible for global warming are often those who suffer the most: “For many of us, reducing and avoiding gas emissions is not enough. You cannot adapt to the loss of a culture. You cannot adapt to lost traditions. You cannot adapt to the Lost History. You cannot adapt to starvation “.
According to the latest UN assessment, the world is heading towards a “catastrophic” warming of + 2.7 ° degrees.
States’ commitments are still not up to the task to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, namely to limit global warming below + 2 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era.
400 young people aged 15 to 29, from nearly 200 countries and selected by the UN from nearly 9,000 candidates, are meeting until Thursday in Milan to develop their common vision of the climate emergency and priority actions to lead.
Their declaration will be submitted immediately to around fifty ministers gathered to prepare for the November COP26 in Glasgow.