GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg on Friday branded the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow a “failure” after a week of negotiations produced what some experts have called vague promises to cut emissions.
“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure,” Thunberg told thousands of youth protesters at a march in the Scottish city.
She called the COP26 talks “a two-week-long celebration of business as usual and ‘blah, blah, blah.’”
“This is no longer a climate conference. This is now a global greenwashing festival,” Thunberg told cheering crowds.
GLASGOW, Scotland — Climate activist Greta Thunberg said Friday that the COP26 climate summit is a failure, lambasting the U.N.-brokered talks for turning into a public relations exercise.
“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” Thunberg said.
“Inside COP, there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously,” she said. “Change is not going to come from inside there, that is not leadership. This is leadership, this is what leadership looks like.”
She had previously voiced her frustration over climate inaction at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy in late September.
“Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah. Net zero. Blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral. Blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but so far have led to no action. Our hopes and dreams drown in their empty words and promises,” Thunberg said at the time.