"Greta Thunberg has blasted politicians as hypocrites and international
climate summits as empty words and greenwash. Until humanity admits it
has failed to tackle the climate crisis and begins treating it as an
emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, society will be unable to stop
global heating, she said.
In an interview with the Guardian, Thunberg said leaders were happy to
set targets for decades into the future, but flinched when immediate
action to cut emissions was needed. She said there was not a politician
on the planet promising the climate action required: “If only,” said the
teenager, who will turn 18 in January.
But she is inspired by the millions of students who have taken up the
school strike she began by herself in Sweden 116 weeks ago. Since then
she has addressed the UN and become the world’s most prominent climate
campaigner. She also has hope: “We can treat a crisis like a crisis, as
we have seen because of the coronavirus. Treating the climate crisis
like a crisis – that could change everything overnight.”
Thunberg said the scale and speed of the emissions reductions needed to
keep global temperature close to the limit set by the Paris climate
agreement are so great that they cannot be achieved by the normal
operation of society. “Our whole society would just shut down and too
many people would suffer,” she said.
“So the first thing we need to do is understand we are in an emergency
[and] admit the fact that we have failed – humanity collectively has
failed – because you can’t solve a crisis that you don’t understand,”
Via Matto F and Doc Edward Morbius.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics