‘Blah, blah, blah’: Greta Thunberg mocks world leaders over empty climate change pledges

Greta Thunberg has attacked world leaders for their inaction over climate change, dismissing their environmental pledges as "blah, blah, blah".

Giving a speech at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, the Swedish activist said the words of "our so-called leaders" had led to "no action".

The 18-year-old used soundbites from speeches by Boris Johnson such as "build back better", before dismissing them as "blah, blah, blah", prompting applause from the audience.

Greta Thunberg used soundbites from speeches by Boris Johnson before dismissing them

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During her speech on Tuesday, she said: "This is not about some expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging.

"Build back better, blah blah blah. Green economy, blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050, 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’

Ms Thunberg’s speech comes ahead of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow which will see world leaders pursuing a target of limiting any further temperature increase to 1.5C.

The summit will involve calls to accelerate the phasing out of coal, curtail deforestation, speed up the switch to electric vehicles and encourage investment in renewables.

UK ministers are keen for the Cop26 conference to involve face-to-face meetings and speeches after the event was delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking about the actions of world leaders, Ms Thunberg said: "Our hopes and dreams drown in their empty words and promises.

"Of course, we need constructive dialogue – but they’ve now had 30 years of blah, blah, blah, and where has that led us?

"Over 50 per cent of all our CO2 emissions have occurred since 1990 and a third since 2005.

"All this while the media is reporting what the leaders say they are going to do, instead of what they are actually doing.

"Don’t get me wrong, we can still do this. Change is not only possible but urgently necessary."

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