CM – « It’s a shame »: Greta vented frustration

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg berated US politicians today during a congressional hearing, warning them that they would not be able to « get away » with inaction on climate change forever.

Ms. Thunberg, 18, appeared before the home inspection subcommittee when it was holding a hearing on fossil fuel subsidies. Coincidentally, it happened on the same day as President Joe Biden’s climate summit with world leaders, where several countries committed to more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

« I don’t represent any financial or political interests. I’m not a lobbyist, so I can’t negotiate, do business or compromise. I have nothing to offer you and I’m not a scientist, » she told members of Congress.

« All I can do is urge you to listen and act on science and use your common sense.

« The year is 2021. The fact that we are still having this discussion, and even more so that we are subsidizing fossil fuels, directly or indirectly, with taxpayers’ money is a shame. It is clear evidence that we did not understand the climate emergency at all.  »

Ms. Thunberg said there was a « big gap » between the best science available on climate change and current « so-called climate policy ».

« It seems like we are asking a lot and of course you will say that we are naive. And that’s fine, » she continued.

« But at least we’re not so naive as to believe that countries and companies that set vague, distant and inadequate goals will solve things without real pressure from the media and the public. »

“What I want to say here is that, unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight. And to be honest, I don’t think for a second that you will actually do so. The climate crisis does not exist in the public debate today.

« And since it doesn’t really exist and its notoriety is so absurdly low, you will still get away with continuing to contribute to the destruction of living conditions now and in the future. »

“I know I’m not supposed to be the one to ask the questions here, but there’s something I really wonder about. How long do you really think people in power like you will get away with it? How long do Do you think you can continue to ignore the crisis without being held accountable? « Ms. Thunberg said.

« You can get away with it now, but sooner or later people will realize what you’ve been doing all along. It’s inevitable.

« You still have time to do the right thing and save your legacy, but this window of opportunity won’t be long. What happens then? We, the young people, are the ones who will write about you. We are the ones who can decide how you will be remembered.

Greta Thunberg: « How long do you honestly believe that people in power like you will get away with it? How long do you think you can continue to ignore the climate crisis, the global aspect of justice and the historical emissions without being held accountable to be pulled?  » «  » pic.twitter.com/D8kSPBWykT

When the committee moved on to questions and answers, a Democratic Congresswoman, Katie Porter, asked Ms. Thunberg for advice on what to tell her young daughter about climate change.

« I told my nine year old daughter I would talk to you and I said, ‘What do you think about climate change?’ And she said, « The earth is on fire and we’re all going to die soon. » And I asked how you felt about it and she said it made her ‘angry’, « said Ms. Porter.

« What should I say to my daughter and how should I help her and the youngest generation take the emotional toll of the actions we have taken? »

« I know there are many young people out there who are angry and sad because of all the things that some people are doing with this planet and our future.

« That’s very understandable. It would be strange if we didn’t feel that way because then we wouldn’t have empathy.

« But of course there is still a lot of hope. And if we choose to take action, we can do it. There are limitless things we can do, and if we choose to work together, there are no limits to what we can do. what we can achieve.

« Always the best medication for anger and anxiety is to take action yourself. I would tell her that in order to take action, because it makes her feel so much better. At least that’s what it does to me, and so many others.  »

Before her appearance, Ms. Thunberg accused the world leaders of having set “very inadequate goals” in a social media video entitled “Emergency alert for the general public”.

In the meantime, Mr Biden hosted a summit meeting with leaders including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss climate policy.

Various presidents, prime ministers and monarchs took turns boasting of the efforts of their own countries and occasionally committed to new goals.

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