“You come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words…. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about it money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you?” – 16-year-old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, speaking to world leaders this September 23rd, at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York
A Brief Comment by Doug Draper, followed by Greta Thunberg’s message to world leaders at this September’s UN Climate Action Summit
Posted September 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted near the start of the first-ever Climate Action Summit the UN has hosted for young people around the world that world leaders with only “beautiful speeches” to offer, need not come to this summit with little or nothing but beautiful speeches.
Come to the summit instead, said the UN chief, with “concrete plans for cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050.”
One wonders how many world leaders that leaves out? Probably quite a few.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, did not show up, reportedly due to the federal election. And U.S. President Donald Trump, who has even gone so far as to recently assault efforts to shift to energy-efficient light bulbs, made a token 10-to-15 minute appearance.
Trump left beforebefore 16-year-old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has ignited a youth movement for the planet around the world, delivered a message at the summit that leaders like Trump and that Trudeau who, for his part, purchased (without any open consultation with Canadians) a controversial pipeline for the tar sands with billions of taxdollars for that matter, need to hear.
It was quite a shot at those leaders who are not taking sufficient action to address what is a full-blown climate emergency, and it speaks for itself.
Here is the entire message for you to watch by clicking on the screen below –
Hours after Greta Thunberg delivered her message to world leaders, Trump fired out the following tweet about her – “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
A bright and wonderful future? Not the way he is going about gutting every environmental protection safeguard going back five decades ago, to the very first Earth Day.
The man is more dangerous to future life on this planet than Agent Orange and nuclear fall-out combined.
For an audio version of Greta Thunberg’s message, click on –https://soundcloud.com/unradio/clip-climate-activist-greta-thunbergs-remarks-at-the-climate-action-summit-at-un-hq-in-ny
For a recent story in Maclean’s magazine on Canada’s efforts to address the climate emergency, click on – https://www.macleans.ca/society/environment/india-is-putting-canadas-climate-change-plan-to-shame/
To visit Climate Action Tracker’s website for a rating of countries’ performance around addressing the climate crisis, click on – https://climateactiontracker.org/
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