A 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden, has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change. The young girl has a message for Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and she mentioned it in a video by Brut India.
Thunberg said, “Dear Mr. Modi, you need to take action now against the climate crisis, not just talking about it because if you keep going on like this, doing business as usual, and just talking about and bragging about the little victories, you are going to fail. And if you fail, you are going to be seen as one of the worst villains in human history in the future. And you don’t want that.”
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old climate activist who has inspired thousands of young people worldwide to fight climate change. This is her message to the Indian prime minister. 🌏🔥✊ pic.twitter.com/3FZTztv5Ob
— Brut India (@BrutIndia) February 20, 2019
She became the face of a ‘school strike’ outside the Swedish parliament last year in August. Thunberg became world famous after her blunt speech to world leaders at the COP24 in December 2018. She said: “We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”
The speech was well-received by activists as well as political leaders.
Thunberg has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes to press political leaders to work towards reversing effects of the climate change. At an EU conference on Feb 21, Thunberg warned that politicians who fail to tackle climate change will be “remembered as the greatest villains of all time” for leading the world to disaster. She urged the European Union to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts
Our conference continues in the afternoon with 7 workshops on the #futureofEurope.
— European Economic and Social Committee (@EU_EESC) February 21, 2019
Thunberg said there was still about a decade to act to make such a transformation. “If we fail to do so, then all our achievements and progress have been for nothing,” she said.
The 16-year-old said protesting students were asking politicians to “unite behind science” after having had ignored its warnings about climate change for decades. She also said, “We are school striking because we have done our homework.”
Thunberg later joined 7,500 Belgian student activists who staged a march against climate change in Brussels, their seventh such protest.
Sonakshi Goel is an intern with SheThePeople.TV