Greta’s full address is included along with a report on the disappointing response from world leaders. Trump spends only minutes at the Summit, leaving for a meeting with religious right, later patronizingly tweeting about Greta.
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Climate Summit: Modest Proposals, Bigger Disappointments
I’m not sure many expected an abrupt advance in climate crisis commitments and the Summit only offered a few worth mentioning. From the BBC:
Major ports, banks and shipping lines are committing to “a moon shot” of net zero carbon shipping by 2030. Finland aims to become the first industrialised nation to absorb more carbon than it emits. Pakistan, which has planted a billion trees in the last five years, pledged to add 10 billion in the next five. And Greece said it would ban single-use plastics by 2021 and phase out its use of the dirtiest coal by 2028.
Critics applauded the efforts but said commitments from major nations were nowhere near what was needed to stabilise the climate. ”
Those are certainly promising commitments, but there was much more disappointment than commitment. For example, Germany’s plan to step up efforts to reduce use of coal were described as being entirely inadequate to meet even their Paris Accord goals, let alone represent an increase in commitment.
Both Macron and Merkel described Thunberg’s anger as being “misplaced” in focusing on France and Germany, claiming that that anger should be directed at those who are impeding progress (i.e. the US, China, Brazil and Australia) and not at those working toward a solution. But Greta was not alone in leveling criticism at world leaders.
Harjeet Singh, from the charity ActionAid, said: “This summit was supposed to be a turning point. But we have seen an exceptional lack of commitment from the biggest and richest polluting countries that continue to take trivial measures toward solving a life-or-death crisis.”
Kate Hampton, from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, asked: “If we can’t massively accelerate the many solutions available to us now… then what are we doing, really?”
Trump sauntered in mid-session while Greta was seated on the stage, the photo at left captures the moment she saw Trump enter. No wonder he left minutes later. After he left, Trump tweeted in an insultingly patronizing manner about Greta: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
Greta addressed the Summit and blasted international leaders in no uncertain terms, telling them that if they didn’t change their behaviors her generation would never forgive them. And that was the gentle part of her scolding. See below for her entire 5-minute address. Talk about speaking truth to power!
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