Greta Thunberg, 16-year old climate activist and youth leader from Sweden who has been called the “hero of our time”, was invited to speak at a COP26 event in Poland next week.
Greta Thunberg took part in a climate demonstration outside Standard Chartered’s London headquarters yesterday (Getty Images). )
Geta Thunberg believes she hasn’t been ‘formally’ invited to COP26 because politicians are afraid she would make them ‘look terrible.’
The young activist plans to attend the summit, which begins on Monday in Glasgow, but she claims she is not on the official guest list.
Leaders from all around the globe will assemble at COP26 to debate climate change and how to tackle it.
Many people consider the conference as humanity’s ‘final chance’ to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Andrew Marr asked Greta whether she had been invited to the summit in a preview for his One program on Sunday.
‘I’m not sure,’ she said. It’s a little hazy. Officially, no. I believe that many people are concerned that inviting too many radical young people would make them appear terrible.’
Greta went on to say that the summit should include additional nations impacted by climate change.
Geta Thunberg claims she hasn’t been invited to COP26 because lawmakers are afraid she would make them “look awful.” (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
‘We need greater representation from the so-called global south, from the people and places most impacted,’ she added.
‘It’s hardly fair when, for example, one nation sends a large number of delegates while another is severely underrepresented.’
‘This creates an imbalance, and climate justice is at the core of this dilemma.
‘The discussions will not succeed as long as we continue to neglect the historical responsibilities of the nations of the global north.’
Greta was in London yesterday to lobby against the global banking system’s support for the usage of fossil fuels outside the Standard Charter headquarters.
Greta led the audience in shouts such as “We are unstoppable,” “Another world is conceivable,” and “What do we want?” Climate justice is a term used to describe a set of When do you think we’ll get it? Now’ (Photo courtesy of AP)
She led the throng with cries like “We are unstoppable,” “Another world is conceivable,” and “What do we want?” as she was surrounded by demonstrators. Climate justice is a term used to describe a set of When do you think we’ll get it? Now.’
She then left the area, leaving campaigners to go on with their campaign. The protest was one of several taking place in the capital on that particular day.
Before Greta arrived, protesters had already campaigned outside Lloyd’s of London and Macquarie Capital. They then went to Barclays and the Bank of England.
They were among thousands of activists from 26 nations who took part in a Day of Action.
A band performing Power To The People and five ladies costumed as banshees stricken by pollution joined demonstrators as they strolled through the streets of London.
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