December 7, 2021

Greta Thunberg slammed Boris Johnson for flying

Photo: The Atlantic

STOCKHOLM – Climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday for flying in a jet to Glasgow.

Here he made a presentation at the COP26 summit.

Thunberg called the world leaders’ behavior “hypocritical”. Thunberg has held her first school strike for the climate in Stockholm since the closing of the Glasgow summit last weekend, which the 18-year-old Swede described as “a failure”.

“Of course the climate crisis is not caused by private jets, but it’s a bit hypocritical… that world leaders [who] live very close, for example Boris Johnson, arrived in Glasgow by private jet while trying to solve the problem,” Thunberg told AFP.

“It does not send the right message,” said the 18-year-old, who traveled by train from Stockholm to the conference, which aims to limit global temperature rises to less than 1.5 ° C.

Johnson flew in and out of the conference aboard a chartered Airbus aircraft. He flew in from Rome to the conference where he attended a G20 meeting.

Critics noted that he also flew home to London, rather than taking a four-and-a-half-hour train ride from Glasgow. Johnson later returned to the conference by train. The summit ended last week with nearly 200 nations signing a global agreement to try to stop runaway global warming after two weeks of painful negotiations, but it did not stop at what scientists say is necessary to contain dangerous rises.

Among other things, India and China weakened the final summit decision text and insisted that language be changed from “phase-out” coal to “phase-down”.

Thunberg previously dismissed the climate conference agreement as “blah, blah, blah”.

“I think it’s strange that some people call it a victory, because what standards does it set for future COPs? How do we learn from this COP if we do not acknowledge that it was actually a failure,” she said. “Instead of returning every five years with improved ambitions, they are going to do it every year… It does not really mean much, unless it actually leads to something.”

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