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Greta Thunberg Assails Leaders Outside COP26 Climate Summit

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Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish local weather activist whose college strike impressed younger folks the world over to take motion on local weather change, criticized world leaders on Friday for permitting the “exploitation of people and nature.”

“The leaders are not doing nothing,” Ms. Thunberg mentioned, addressing a crowd of hundreds marching in Glasgow outdoors the United Nations local weather summit. “They are actively creating loopholes, shaping frameworks to benefit themselves to continue profiting from this destructive system.”

One of probably the most recognizable local weather activists on this planet, Ms. Thunberg has painted a dark portrait of the summit in Glasgow, the place officers from all over the world try to achieve agreements to scale back emissions and maintain the common international temperature from rising above 1.5 levels Celsius in contrast with preindustrial ranges by the tip of this century.

Speaking on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday, Ms. Thunberg mentioned that COP26 was “sort of turning into a greenwash campaign, a P.R. campaign,” for enterprise leaders and politicians to faux that they’re taking motion on international warming with out following by way of.

“Since we are so far from what actually we needed,” Ms. Thunberg mentioned at a New York Times occasion in Glasgow, “I think what would be considered a success would be if people realize what a failure this COP is.”

Leaders and enterprise executives have made some important commitments. On Tuesday, greater than 100 nations agreed to chop emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse fuel, 30 p.c by 2030. And on Wednesday a coalition of the world’s greatest traders, banks and insurers that collectively management $130 trillion mentioned they had been dedicated to financing tasks that may assist get firms and nations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

But environmentalists have criticized the financing pledge as missing intimately.