Climate activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday “basically nothing” has changed since she started protesting about climate change 18 months ago.
“Pretty much nothing has been done,” Thunberg said at a panel Davos on Tuesday. “Emissions of CO2 has not reduced and that is what we are trying to achieve.”
The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist made the comments at one of the opening sessions of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting, commonly known as Davos. Her comments came after she was asked what had changed since she launched her student climate strike movement in August 2018.
“In one aspect, lots has happened that no one could have predicted,” Thunberg said. “This has sparked general awareness and a movement. All these many, many young people from many different places pushing together to form this alliance of movements.
“People are more generally aware now. The climate and environment is a hot topic now, thanks to young people pushing.”
But she said that awareness had not translated into action and “basically nothing” had been done about reducing emissions and tackling the warming planet.
Thunberg said people must “start listening to the science” and “start treating this crisis as the crisis it is.”
Thunberg urged world leaders and the media to take climate change more seriously, warning the planet has just eight year’s worth of ‘carbon budget’ left to avoid dangerous warming to the globe over the next 100 years.