Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, spoke at a European Parliament committee hearing on Wednesday in response to the governing body's new law regarding emissions caps and 2050 carbon neutrality. Thunberg warned that the law was not «sufficient» and that the available science calls for more drastic measures to be taken.
«When your house is on fire, you don’t wait a few more years to... Еще start putting it out,” she said, comparing the ongoing management of the climate crisis to a delayed call to the fire department.
Speaking about the law itself, she added, «such a law sends a strong signal that real, sufficient action is taking place, when in fact, it is not. The hard truth is that neither the awareness nor the politics needed are anywhere in sight. We are still in a crisis that has never once been treated as a crisis.»
«The longer you keep running away from that truth, the bigger your betrayal towards your own children,» she stated.
Thunberg's «Fridays for Future» movement that started as a protest of schoolchildren rapidly spread across the globe, drawing millions of demonstrators out to the streets for climate strikes. The teen has been traveling non-stop at the expense of her formal education to bring awareness to climate change and urge prompt action by world leaders.