The 2021 One Planet Summit held January 11 in Paris was meant to be a collaborative approach to “tackle the challenge of climate change,” but attendee Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg concluded otherwise.
Thunberg summarized the summit on Facebook thus: “Bla bla bla nature, Bla bla bla very important, Bla bla bla ambitious, Bla bla bla green investments, Bla bla bla great opportunity, Bla bla bla green growth, Bla bla bla net zero emissions, Bla bla bla step up our game, Bla bla bla hopeful, Bla bla bla….”
Nearly two-and-a-half years into her weekly “Fridays for Future” school climate strike, Thunberg noted leaders have been pledging to take action to solve the climate emergency for years, but the pledges have yet to yield significant action.
“Each day they have the possibility to act,” she wrote, “But they choose not to. Instead they just sign some more ‘ambitious’ targets long into the future while passing binding policies, locking in destructive business as usual such as the new EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
“Of course change doesn’t happen overnight and of course we need the ‘bla bla bla’ to get moving,” She continued. “The question is; how many decades of bla bla bla do we really need? Because there have been quite a few so far….”
Thunberg praised the “many great people working and pushing for change on government levels everywhere,” but said the system is broken and “requires a whole new way of thinking.”
Revisiting a common thread among her many statements, Thunberg wrote, “We cannot solve a crisis without treating it like a crisis.”