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Greta Thunberg: ‘We must get ready to fight for a long time’

Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg told climate protesters in Rome on Friday that "the basic problem" was that nothing was being done to stop the environmental issue and that it would "years" to fight.

Published: April 20, 2019, 8:40 am

    Rome

    “We must get ready to fight for a long time. Weeks and months won’t be enough, it is going to take years”.

    Greta spoke from the stage of the Fridays for the Future event in Piazza del Popolo, in capital city. Police said she drew a crowd of some 3 500 sympathisers.

    Thunberg, speaking in empty-sounding slogans, claimed that children there were not skipping school but were there to “change the world”. She said: “Some people say we are missing lesson time. We say that we are changing the world. We’ll keep fighting for our future and the living planet. Ciao Roma!

    “We children are not sacrificing our education and childhood so that adults and politicians can tell us what they think is politically possible in the society they have created,” she continued.

    “We have not taken to the streets to take selfies and have people tell us how much they admire what we’re doing. We children are doing this to wake up the adults, because we want them to act, because we want our hopes and dreams back”, she said.

    “We are not the ones who created this crisis,” she told the crowd. “We were born into this world where there is an existential emergency that is being ignored, and we have decided to act against this because we are fed up of lies and broken promises.”

    Greta, who spoke in English, was carrying a placard saying Strike for the Climate in Swedish.

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has however pointed out that many recent climatological events and trends “can be explained by the natural variability of the climate system,” without excluding an indeterminate influence from atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.

    In the same report, the WMO noted that the “the respective roles being played by climate variability and human-induced climate change” have not yet been determined.

    Climate scientists actually maintain the it has been impossible to correlate specific meteorological events to “global warming.”

    As Nature magazine explained in 2012, “climate attribution” — the attempt to link weather events to man-made global warming — “rests on a comparison of the probability of an observed weather event in the real world with that of the ‘same’ event in a hypothetical world without global warming”.

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