Swedish activist Greta Thunberg returned to her duty. She participated at the Youth4Climate forum in Milan on Tuesday, saying the last 30 years of climate action had amounted to “blah, blah, blah.” In fact, she mocked world leaders for their ineffective action despite many previous promises. “When I say climate change, what do you think of? I think jobs. Green jobs. Green jobs,” she said, referencing Biden’s speeches on the climate crisis. “Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders — words, words that sound great but so far, has led to no action or hopes and dreams. Empty words and promises,” Greta emphasised. The forum was held two days before dozens of ministers convene in Milan for a final high-level meeting before the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November. The purposed goal of the event was to come up with a list of recommendations for ministers to consider.
Other speakers at that youth forum criticised the actual situation in the world in face of the major climate crisis we have. “There is far too little evidence of the $100 billion per year that was promised to help climate vulnerable countries to meet this challenge. But those funds were promised to arrive by 2020 and we are still waiting,” an activist from Uganda, Vanessa Nakate, said. Almost 400 young people aged between 15 and 29 from 186 countries participated in Milan. The event was organised by the Government of Italy, in partnership with the UK. The youth delegates formed four working groups according to the following thematic areas: youth driving ambition, sustainable recovery, non-state actors’ engagement, and climate-conscious society.