Climate activist Greta Thunberg has criticized the final agreement reached at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, describing its content as “very vague”.
The 18-year-old visited the city to attend the summit and spoke at several climate protest rallies alongside other global climate activists such as Vanessa Nakate from Uganda.
In a speech to the BBC’s Reporting Scotland program today, Greta said the final deal was full of loopholes that could be exploited by fossil fuels.
She said: “It’s been a few days now since it ended and I have to say that unfortunately it turned out just as I had expected and that many others had also expected.
“Only managed to dilute blah blah blah, which is quite an achievement.”
The final COP26 agreement – officially named the Glasgow Climate Pact – has been heavily criticized for including an obligation to “phase out” instead of “phase out” the use of coal.
Saturday’s deal includes a promise to “keep 1.5C alive”, a reference to the goal of 2016’s Paris deal.
But summit leaders have admitted that the proposed actions in the pact will only limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.8 C above pre-industrial levels.
Coal is among the world’s most polluting fossil fuels, but pressure from India and China led to the softer stance in the concluded pact – and a crying apology from COP26 President Alok Sharma when he signed the deal.
Boris Johnson said the deal had “beaten the death knell to coal”, but Nicola Sturgeon said there had been “understandable disappointment that key issues were being watered down”.
Greta added: “There is still no guarantee that we will reach the Paris Agreement and the text as it is now, the document, you can interpret it in many, many ways.
“We can still expand the infrastructure of fossil fuels. We can still increase global emissions. It is very, very vague.
“Although we may have made some progress, some small steps towards it, we must remember that the climate crisis is on time.
“It’s an accumulating crisis. And as long as we make small, small progress, it means we are losing, as the climate crisis is about time.”
But while Thunberg has been critical of the outcome of COP26, she says it is important that events take place to put pressure on world leaders to take action on climate change.
She said: “It feels like the COP today is not really challenging the structures today. It’s mostly maintaining the status quo, and like we’re trying to solve a problem within the methods that got us into it in the first place. lap.
“Yes, we need these conferences, and of course we can not reject them before they start, but we have to be a little realistic.
“We can not be so naive as to say ‘oh, suddenly countries will start to worry and suddenly decide that this is a crisis and start behaving like that’ when there have been no signs or suggestions before. . “
Thunberg became famous all over the world for his “school strike for climate” every Friday in his home country Sweden and has since become a galleon figure for the youth climate movement.
The teenager has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and gave up eating animal products and flying as part of his own personal commitment to save the planet.
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