Greta Thunberg calls Britain one of the ‘biggest villains’ of climate change

Young climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg, on Tuesday (28/9), criticized global leaders for failing to keep their promise to help fund poor countries to adapt to climate change.

News agency AP reports four hundred climate activists from 180 countries were invited to Italy’s financial capital, Milan, to attend a three-day Youth4Climate summit. This meeting will eventually produce recommendations for the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which will start on 31 October.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg (L) is seen trying to calm her fellow activist Vanessa Nakate who cries after speaking at a youth meeting on climate change in Milan, September 28, 2021. (Photo: AP/Luca Br)

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg (L) is seen trying to calm her fellow activist Vanessa Nakate who cries after speaking at a youth meeting for climate change in Milan, September 28, 2021. (Photo: AP/Luca Br)

Meeting participants demanded greater accountability from world leaders and a greater official role for young people.

In an interview with British broadcaster Sky News, Thunberg and Nakate described Britain, which will host a climate summit next month, as “one of the biggest climate villains”.

The UK itself has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has championed the expansion of renewable energy, saying Britain could become “the Saudi Arabia of wind energy.”

But he has been criticized by environmentalists for failing to stop drilling for new oil in Britain’s North Sea and proposals for new coal mines in northwest England. (my/rs)

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