Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Criticizes World Leaders at Youth Climate Summit

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg criticized world leaders over their promises to address the climate crisis in a speech at the Youth4Climate Summit in Milan, Italy on Sept. 28.

Thunberg, 18, quoted statements from world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United States President Joe Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight what she called “empty words and promises” of politicians.

“Our leaders’ intentional lack of action is a betrayal towards all present and future generations,” Thunberg said, dismissing climate promises from world leaders as “blah, blah, blah.”

Thunberg also criticized and doubted organizers of climate conferences, saying “They invite cherry-picked young people to meetings like this to pretend they are listening to us. But they are not.”

Thunberg urged people to not give up hope and said that change was “not only possible, but necessary.”

“We can no longer let the people in power decide what hope is. Hope is not passive. Hope is not blah, blah, blah. Hope is telling the truth. Hope is taking action. And hope always comes from the people,” Thunberg said.

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