A 16year old school girl from Sweden stumped the entire World leader including Prime Minister Narendra Modi since she literally stole the thunder from the United Nations Climate Action Summit by accusing them of not doing enough.
Greta Thunberg, who has become a reluctant icon of the movement against climate change, has excoriated world leaders for their “betrayal” of young people through their inertia over the climate crisis at a United Nations summit that failed to deliver ambitious new commitments to address dangerous global heating.
“If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them” she said in a tearful speech.
Prime Minister Modi pledges India’s support to Climate change
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the world was not doing enough to tackle the climate crisis, calling for “global behavioural change” at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. As part of its commitment to the cause, India will increase its renewable energy target to 450 gigawatts, he announced.
“We must accept that if we have to overcome such serious challenges, then what we are doing today is not enough. What we need is global behavioural change. India is here today not just to talk about this serious issue but to present a roadmap,” he said.
Echoing similar tone, child sensation Greta accused the World leaders of Betrayal. In a stinging speech on Monday, the teenage Swedish climate activist told governments that “you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”
Meanwhile PM Modi said India would increase the share of non-fossil fuel energy. “We are going to increase our renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by 2022, and are committed to further increasing it to 450 GW,” he said. India had set the 175 GW target as part of its commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate agreement.
“The time for talks is over. The world needs to act now,” PM Modi said in the presence of US President Donald Trump, who made an unscheduled appearance at the UN summit.
But Thunberg predicted the summit would not deliver any new plans in line with the radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are needed to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” a visibly emotional Thunberg said.