Reuters file photo: Swedish environmental activist Greta Thanberg speaks to Reuters during the Global Climate Strike on Friday, Friday’s Future Movement in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2021. Reuters / Christian Mang
Written by Stephen Jukes and Julio Piovakari
MILAN (Reuters) – Greta Thanberg and fellow youth preachers set a dubious tone for this week’s climate talks in Italy, saying many promises had been made to tackle global warming in the nearly three decades since the World Summit.
A UN report in August warned that as the situation approached dangerously out of control, fears that climate change was getting worse had increased, which would lead to more chaos for the next generation.
“Thirty years, blah, blah, blah,” Thanberg said at the opening session of a Youth4Climate event on Tuesday.
Thousands of young workers gathered in Milan this week from around 190 countries to engage with policymakers to prepare proposals for possible solutions.
Thanberg said the so-called leaders have portrayed the Cherry youth in such meetings as if they were listening to us, but they were not listening.
“There is no planet B … Change is not only possible but necessary, but only if we cannot continue as we are today.”
After activists pledged to tackle environmental issues at the Rio conference in Brazil in 2001, young activists who have been struggling to bring climate change to the forefront of the global agenda for years are being challenged to help solve it before the COP26 UN summit. In November.
The climate and energy ministers will gather at the same venue for their pre-COP 2 meeting to verify their proposals and some will find their way to the Glasgow summit.
These meetings have raised fears of a popular backlash against climate reform as rising fuel prices on the world market.
The goal of the UN COP26 conference is to secure more ambitious climate systems from the nearly 200 countries that signed the 2015 Paris Agreement and agreed to try to limit man-made global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“Young people need to start participating in real discussions,” said Rose Kobusing, Uganda’s youth representative. “We want 1.5 (degrees) and we won’t go beyond that.”
At their pre-COP2 summit, which begins on Thursday, about 50 climate ministers will tackle the hurdle, with differing views on the pace of migration and who will pay for it.
The promise of new energy and funding from the United States and China has made negotiators even more excited, with many major polluting G20 countries such as China and India still unable to provide updates on their short-term climate action plans.
“Now is the time for the leaders of the largest economies and the largest greenhouse gas emitters to make many bold promises,” Alok Sharma, Britain’s COP2 president, said in a video message on Tuesday.
Climate activists are claiming action in line with policymakers’ statements and billions of dollars worldwide for clean energy from fossil fuels within a year that has seen record-breaking heatwaves, floods and fires.
“Money speaks, and if rich countries don’t restructure debt for poor nations and pledge ৫ 500 billion for climate action by 2020-202, there’s no point in wasting time at this meeting,” said Oscar Saria of the US-based activist network Voice. Said.
Wealthy nations that pledged a decade ago to adapt to weaker countries to raise 100 100 billion a year and transform them into clean energy still have low targets.
“It was promised by 2020 and we are still waiting,” said Vanessa Nakata, Uganda’s youth representative.