Greta Thunberg will not attend COP27 in Egypt, says summit is 'greenwashing'

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Sunday she will skip next month's COP27 talks in Egypt, slamming the global summit as a forum for "greenwashing".

"I'm not going to COP27 for many reasons, but the space for civil society this year is extremely limited," she said during a question and answer at the launch of her latest book at London's Southbank Centre.

The 19-year-old activist had previously expressed solidarity on Twitter with "prisoners of conscience" being held in Egypt ahead of the UN's 27th conference on climate, opening in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6.

"The COPs are mainly used as an opportunity for leaders and people in power to get attention, using many different kinds of greenwashing," she said.

The COP conferences, she added, "are not really meant to change the whole system", but instead encourage gradual progress.

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"So as it is, the COPs are not really working, unless of course we use them as an opportunity to mobilise."

"In order to change things, we need everyone -- we need billions of activists," she said.

(AFP)


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