28 September (WNN) — A few weeks ahead of a major climate summit, activist Greta Thunberg again put pressure on global leaders at an environmental rally in Italy on Tuesday – saying they are all talking and no action.
Thunberg made the remarks during a keynote address at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, attended by thousands of participants.
The 18-year-old Swedish activist, who rarely shies away from confronting politicians, reprimanded leaders for making “empty promises” – and said their failures are “a betrayal of all present and future generations”.
According to The Guardian, “Build better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net-zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah,” she said.
“This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but have yet to be acted upon. Our hopes and ambitions sink into their hollow promises.”
Tuesday’s rally comes nearly five weeks ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, known as COP26, in which world leaders are expected to collaborate on a coordinated effort to reduce climate emissions.
Some experts have said the summit could be one of the last opportunities for leaders to implement the change needed to address some serious climate-related threats.
Thousands are attending the three-day summit in Milan this week, known as PreCOP26.
Climate and energy ministers are due to meet in the Italian city later this week and will consider proposals for presentation at a UN summit next month.
Tuesday was his second major rally in four days for Thunberg. On Friday, he and thousands of other youth activists took part in an event in Germany that was partly aimed at influencing the country’s federal elections.