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US News "It's time": Young people want to save the planet

17:20  28 september  2021
17:20  28 september  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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La militante suédoise Greta Thunberg, lors du Sommet des jeunes sur le réchauffement climatique à Milan, le 28 septembre 2021 © Miguel Medina Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, at the youth summit on global warming in Milan, September 28, 2021

Pretty pretty Promises and empty words of meaning: youthful ambassadors called on Tuesday the leaders of the world to "wake up" and to take seriously the climate crisis, at a month of crucial climate conference COP26.

"That's all we hear from our so-called leaders: words. Words that sound well but who have not led to any action, our hopes and dreams drowned in their words and their promises Creuses, "launched the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg under the applause of young people from around the world.

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Greta Thunberg et la militante ougandaise Vanessa Nakate, à Milan le 28 septembre 2021 © Miguel Medina Greta Thunberg and Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate, in Milan on September 28, 2021

"There is no planet B, there is no planet blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah , Green economy blah blah, carbon neutrality in 2050 blah blah, "she added, denouncing" thirty years of blah blah "of the leaders of the world and their" betrayal of current and future generations ".

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400 young people aged 15 to 29, from nearly 200 countries and selected by the United Nations among nearly 9,000 candidates, are gathered Until Thursday in Milan to develop their common vision of the climate emergency and priority actions to be carried out.

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Their statement will be submitted in the wake of about fifty ministers to prepare the November COP26 in Glasgow.

"I hear you (...) We want to hear your creative and ambitious ideas," launched the British President of Cop26 Alok Sharma, by video.

"At the beginning of the month, a youth survey showed that more than half of them are afraid that humanity is condemned. Frankly, it's shameful to my generation," he added.

"But today global leaders have the opportunity to redeem oneself, to make ambitious commitments" to respect the ideal objective of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to + 1.5 ° C in relation to the Pre-industrial era, he added.

- "No place at the table" -

Not sure that this worried youth is convinced by these words.

"They invite young people sorted on the component to meetings like this and they claim to listen to us, but that's not the case, they do not listen to us, they never did it," replied Greta Thunberg to the tribune.

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"It's time for our leaders to wake up, it's time for our leaders to stop talking and starting to act, it's time for polluters to pay, it's time to keep the promises", has brought the Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate, listing the "sufferings" endured in Africa, Asia or the Pacific by the least responsible peoples of warming.

"It's time, it's time, it's time. And do not forget to listen to those who are the most vulnerable," she added, moved, in front of all standing assistance.

While climate disasters multiply, state commitments are still not up to the objectives of the Paris Agreement to limit the global warming well below + 2 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era, if possible + 1.5 ° C.

According to the last UN assessment published in mid September, the world is moving towards a "catastrophic" warming of + 2.7 ° C.

"You have to listen to science. We have to make the transition (towards a low carbon economy) before 2030", pleaded the Peruvian Valery Salas, 24, one of 400 delegates.

"The young people are here to work, to propose, to find solutions towards a better future," she told AFP, worrying that young people have "not a place at the table" political decisions.

And as in the manifestations that have taken up millions of their peers in the streets of the world in recent years, the young people meeting in Milan responded with one voice to Greta Thunberg: What do We Want? "Climate Justice". When Do We Want It? "Now". (What do we want? "Climate justice". When do we want us? "Now".

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