Greta Thunberg: Cop26 is just ‘blah blah blah’ and will not lead to real change

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Greta Thunberg addresses the crowd at Festival Park, Govan, in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Greta Thunberg addresses the crowd at Festival Park, Govan, in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

Greta Thunberg said change will not come from the Cop26 conference as she criticised the “blah blah blah” of world leaders at the global gathering.

The Swedish climate activist addressed young protesters in Festival Park in Govan, across the River Clyde from the Cop26 venue.

“Change is not going to come from inside there – that is not leadership, this is leadership,” she said.

“We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet. No more exploitation. No more blah blah blah. No more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there.”

Greta Thunberg at the demo (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Greta Thunberg at the demo (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

In September, Ms Thunberg, 18, mocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson by quoting parts of his speeches on climate change and adding “blah, blah, blah”.

Mr Johnson referenced the campaigner’s remarks during his speech to the Cop26 opening session.

He said: “I was there in Paris six years ago when we agreed to net zero and to try to restrain the rise in the temperature of the planet to 1.5c, and all those promises will be nothing but blah blah blah – to coin a phrase – and the anger and impatience of the world will be uncontainable unless we make this Cop26 in Glasgow the moment when we get real about climate change.”

Ms Thunberg arrived in Glasgow on Sunday by train and will take part in two large protests through the city later in the week.

Speaking to a large crowd in festival park on the first day of the Cop26 leader’s summit, she said: “This Cop26 is so far just like the previous Cops and that has led us nowhere. They have led us nowhere.

She added: “Inside Cop they are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously. Pretending to take the present seriously of the people who are being affected already today by the climate crisis.”

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