The Swedish activist assured that leaders would be held accountable for not taking action and subsidizing fossil fuels. She said, Sooner or later, people will realize what they have been doing all this time.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg lashed out at politicians with scathing remarks before a US congressional panel on Thursday, accusing them of "ignoring" the climate crisis in a speech demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies.
The 18-year-old Swede told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on a remote video link, What do you think you can ignore the climate crisis, the global dimension of equity, and the historic emissions without taking them into account?
They still have time to do the right thing and save their heritage.
Now they get away with it, but sooner or later, people will realize what they have been doing so far. In parallel with the summit, which brings together about 40 leaders, led by United States President Joe Biden, Thunberg said in the Capitol. she told politicians that they still had time to do the right thing and save legacies.
The presentations coincided with the Earth Day Climate Summit. President Joe Biden pledged to meet aggressive new emissions reduction targets. As leaders like China's President Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi, and Russia's Vladimir Putin expressed their commitment to cutting emissions, Thunberg said global action is still far from what it should be.
Thunberg was particularly critical of the continuation of fossil fuel subsidies, which have been in the United States for more than 100 years, even though Washington pledged in 2009 to end them. "We are in the year 2021. The fact that we still have this debate and even more so that we continue to subsidize fossil fuels directly or indirectly on taxpayers' money is a shame, she said. This is proof that we have not fully understood the climate emergency, she added.
She accused the current generation of politicians of giving up without directly blaming them. I am here to tell you that, unlike you, my race will not give up without a fight.
she also directly accused the current generation of politicians of "giving up without even trying." "I am here to tell you that, unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight, she warned.
We have to understand the crisis as a crisis.
Congressman Ro Khanna, who chairs the environmental subcommittee Thunberg testified to, said he and other House Democrats support ending the billions of dollars in subsidies in the following infrastructure package underway—studying in Congress. What this is going to do is stop taxpayers from paying subsidies to lobbies and the rich. She said.
Before the international meeting organized by the White House, the Swedish activist had already expressed her doubts about the governments' commitment. Until we address the crisis, we can hold all our summits until we can make a difference. She said days ago at a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on the COVID pandemic, to which she was invited.
We cannot try to solve this crisis from the same point of view that got us first, Thunberg added. We have to understand the crisis as a crisis.