Thunberg might the greatest leader of our times. She is fearless. And she takes no prisoners. That is what we need.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg opened a youth climate summit on Tuesday saying she’s still not buying what most global leaders are selling.
Leading nations have let decades go by with little action to slow climate change. They now are “shamelessly congratulating themselves” for the pledges they do make, while still falling down on promises of financing developing nations to help meet global warming demands, she said.
The Youth4Climate event that featured the 18-year-old Thunberg — who began her popular and growing Friday “School Strike for Climate” campaign with a solo protest outside Swedish parliament at age 15 — is one of many agenda-pushing conferences in the tense weeks ahead of a pivotal deadline for climate-change policy: the U.N.’s Glasgow summit the first week of November.
The teen, who is also a champion for autistic individuals like herself, lobbed the common climate buzzwords back to the crowd, as she said there’s too big a gap between words and action: “There is no Planet B, there is no planet blah, blah, blah.”