Greta Thunberg has told international political and business leaders that despite activism against climate change, “pretty much nothing has been done” to reduce carbon emissions.
Speaking as part of a panel of young activists at the World Economic Forum, the teenager said the global protest movement was “just the very beginning.”
Miss Thunberg told the audience in Davos, Switzerland: “In one aspect lots has happened that no one could have predicted…people are more generally aware now, the climate and environment is a hot topic right now."
“But from another perspective pretty much nothing has been done since the emissions of CO2 have not reduced," the Swedish activist added.
“We are fighting for the environment and the climate and if you see it from that aspect, what has concretely been done, basically nothing.”
She also called for people to "start listening to the science", adding "without treating it as a real crisis we cannot solve it".
Her comments come just one day after London’s Natural History Museum – whose scientists will be speaking about climate issues at the summit – declared a “planetary emergency”.
Yesterday the museum launched a “bold new manifesto” which includes plans set carbon reduction targets and create a new centre to house 80 million specimens.
Museum director Sir Michael Dixon called for an “unprecedented global response” at a “time of unprecedented threat”.
He said: “We are facing a planetary emergency.
“Humanity's future depends on the natural world, but we are not taking effective action to combat our destructive impact on the planet's survival systems.
“Climate change, biodiversity loss and extinctions, habitat destruction, pollution and deforestation are just some of the crises which all flow from unsustainable human activity.”
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