Thunberg said, “It’s not about bunny hugging or some expensive, politically correct dream in blah, blah, blah. Build better, blah, blah, blah. Green economy, blah, blah, blah.”
“Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah. It’s all we hear from our so-called leaders – words, words that sound great but so far, there has been no action or hope and Dreams. Empty words and promises.”
Thunberg was speaking at the Youth4 Climate Forum, an event held two days before dozens of ministers convened in Milan for the final high-level meeting ahead of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November. COP26 president Alok Sharma was in the youth program and will preside over the meeting of ministers.
Young attendees will come up with a list of recommendations for ministers later this week. Ministers are expected to try and align their positions on issues on the Glasgow agenda, including an end date for coal use and who should pay to assist the Global South in the transition to low-carbon economies.
Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan activist, said the developing world was still waiting for a prosperous world to deliver on its climate finance promises.
Leaders of developed countries agreed a decade ago to transfer money to developing countries to help them reduce their carbon emissions, but also to adapt to the climate crisis. That promise was reaffirmed in 2015 in Paris, where world leaders agreed to transfer $100 billion annually to the Global South 2020, at least half of which went to adaptation. That deadline was missed last year.
“There is little evidence of the $100 billion per year that was promised to help climate vulnerable countries tackle this challenge,” Nakate said, pointing to Africa’s pollution. But those funds are promised to come by 2020. was done and we are still waiting.” Very few but on the front lines of the climate crisis.
“You cannot adapt to lost cultures, traditions and history. You cannot adapt to hunger. It is time for leaders to put loss and damage at the center of the climate dialogue.”
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