July 2, 2022

“Blah, Blah, blah”: Greta Thunberg Roasts World Leaders

Greta Thunberg is done with the “blah, blah, blah” of world leaders on climate change.

After she criticized politicians’ inaction at the One Planet Summit in December 2018 for ‘talking about things they are not able to do’, now the 16-year-old activist has taken aim at all those who promised but failed to deliver.

She tweeted that this year’s G7 meeting was a “pity party”, and that it was time for them to stop tinkering around.

“G7 countries are toying with the future of humanity. It is not only irresponsible, it is inhuman,” Thunberg said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Monday (13 July).

Thunberg will be one of many activists to protest outside the summit, demanding that the world’s rich nations provide billions of dollars to help developing countries fight and adapt to climate change.

“We will protest against those who do not act as they promised,” she said, sounding more like a veteran protester than an actual teenager. “They really think that we are stupid.”

The G7 meeting brings together the heads of state of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK in Biarritz in southwestern France. Thunberg has been invited to the summit and will be making a speech at this year’s event on 11 September.

The Swedish teenager rose to prominence when she started protesting outside Sweden’s parliament building every day with a school strike during school hours, and has since sparked a global youth-led movement against climate change.

There’s certainly something about her – whether it’s the fact that she really looks like a teenage girl or her constant smiling – but there is no doubt Thunberg touches people wherever she goes with an undeniable authenticity.

The young Swede was recently awarded the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “alternative Nobel Prize”, for her climate activism.

Thunberg is currently in Japan on a study visit to learn more about the country’s efforts on climate change.

FAZ also questioned Thunberg if she was scared of what could happen at this week’s protests, but she said she was not.

“We have a great responsibility to deal with climate change, but I have no fear.”

As the world’s media will once again be focusing on Thunberg this week, let’s not forget just how right she is.

*Don’t Worry About Greta – We Will Take Action If You Won’t* Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl and climate change activist, is on a three-week tour of North America.

She will speak at Harvard University and hold rallies in New York City and Washington D.C., before attending the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco at the end of September – with all six events open to the public.

“Everyone is talking about what we should do about the climate crisis, but no one is doing anything,” Thunberg said in a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday (30 August). “And that’s why I am skipping school to go and do something about it.”

The 16-year-old was invited by former US vice-president Al Gore, now an environmental campaigner and chairman of the Climate Reality Project.

He said: “Greta is teaching us all a lesson on how to fight for what we really care about.”

Meanwhile, back in Sweden, her homeland, school students have started their own protests against climate change.