"How Dare You!" Greta Thunberg Rebukes World Leaders
- Author: Douglas Reid Sep 24, 2019,
Sep 24, 2019, 0:42
Some 60 world leaders have convened for the climate summit aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris Agreement of 2015, at a time when mankind is releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than at any time in history.
"How dare you?" she asked again, growing increasingly emotional as the audience cheered at the 2019 Climate Action Summit.
The United States - which has contributed more global warming-inducing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than any other country - can not be held in violation because it has not ratified the part of the treaty that allows children to seek justice for potential violations. You are failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.
"The eyes of all future generations are on you". For Monday's speech in NY, the Swedish activist shared the stage with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who praised the youth movement for raising awareness for climate action. "We believe that an ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching", he said. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
"They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your Carbon dioxide out of the air with technologies that barely exist", she said. He listened to remarks by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, then departed.
David Waskow, worldwide climate chief at the World Resources Institute, said smaller nations are making commitments, but the big carbon polluters - the U.S., China, the European Union and others that make up the majority of emissions - still aren't stepping up.
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Now, though, it has become a rallying cry for countries like the United Kingdom and France as well as major corporations, who are leading the charge in countries like the U.S. where the political leadership have sought to distance themselves or even undermine the cause.
The outcomes of the Youth Climate Summit will feed into the Climate Action Summit, attended by heads of state and government as well as business CEOs and civil society leaders. "Time is running out", he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron invited his counterparts from Chile, Colombia and Bolivia to a meeting where $500 million in extra funds were pledged by major donors.
Trump, who announced his intent to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement and has heaped scorn on climate science, had been expected to skip the event but made a brief unscheduled appearance, spending a few minutes in the hall, where he applauded Modi's speech and then left.
More than 130 banks adopted policies that are more responsible and green, said Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holmes.
"We will mobilise Nigerian youths towards planting 25 million trees to enhance Nigeria's carbon sink".
The Qatari delegation to the summit included representatives from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar University, Qatar Petroleum and a group of young people interested in climate change.