Swedish activist Greta Thunberg accused those in power of “abandoning” global warming in Paris in 2015.
“We will not accept that … we, the younger generation,” Thunberg told a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Taking place on the occasion of this year’s UN World Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, she and three other teenage people from her Future Friday Movement talked to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in November.
The Paris Climate Deal calls on rich and poor countries to take measures to curb global temperatures that melt glaciers, increase sea levels, and change precipitation patterns.
By November, the climate negotiation process in the United Nations calls for 200 nations to increase commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The rich countries need more money to help the poor countries to build greener power and adapt to the harsh realities of climate change. After several years of gridlock, nations have to agree on a price for carbon pollution.
“I think compromises will be needed,” Thunberg told reporters. “We must also remember that we can’t compromise the laws of physics.”
Thunberg, 18, has urged students to miss school in order to participate in demonstrations demanding faster action on climate change, a campaign that has spread across Europe and around the world.
“We don’t enjoy being the bad guys, having to tell the uncomfortable stuff,” Thunberg said in English, urging others to speak up on such an important topic.
“We all have to step out of our comfort zones, more or less, and this responsibility should not fall on us – teenagers, young people, activists and scientists,” she said. “Because that’s not our job, our job is to be teenagers and do what teenagers do.”
Source: Daily Sabah