a hard intervention but that looks at the heart of the problem: so far many words, but few facts. Greta Thunberg a Milano, at the opening of the youth conference on climate, Youth4Climate, in front of the minister for ecological transition, Roberto Cingolani, to the mayor Beppe Sala and many activists, had his say on the climate crisis and climate policies. “Climate change is not only a threat, but above all an opportunity to create a greener and healthier planet”, the young activist began. “When I talk about climate change what comes to your mind? I think about jobs, green, ecological jobs – he continued – we must find a transition without trauma, because there is no plan B, there is no plan bla bla bla. Here we are not simply talking about expensive and politically correct green washing blah blah blah, green economy blah blah blah, net zero by 2050 blah blah blah. You can’t go on with blah blah blah. That’s all we hear from our so-called political leaders. Words that seem beautiful but for now have not led to any action “. Thirty years, according to Greta Thunberg, of words, “bla bla bla”. “And where are we?” Asks the activist.
“The climate crisis is a symptom of a broader crisis, the social crisis of inequality, which comes from colonialism – said Greta -. A crisis that arises from the idea that some people are worth more than others and therefore have the right to exploit and rob others of their land and resources ”. According to the young activist, today “we are still going in the wrong direction”. “Our leaders do not act deliberately, and this is a betrayal – Greta attacked again – They cannot say that they do, because they continue to open coal mines and exploit deposits, without increasing funds for vulnerable countries”. Then the lunge: “They select young people like us by pretending to listen to us, but that’s not true. It is clear that they are not listening to us, they never listened to us ”. The trend, however, “can be reversed”, according to the activist “it is still possible”. “Hope is not something passive, it is not a bla bla bla, but it means truth, it means acting, and hope always comes from people”.
At the end of the speech, Greta urged the young people present: “What do we want?” She shouted. “Climate justice”, the young activists replied ”. “And when do we want it?”. “Now”.