Greta Thunberg outlines key reason coronavirus proved economies were ‘not sustainable’

Greta Thunberg outlines key reason coronavirus proved economies were ‘not sustainable’

Yesterday, Ms Thunberg marked Earth Day with a special live stream where she appealed to the government to continue battling climate change, despite the imposed lockdown. Her Fridays for Future rallies now appear to be online after social distancing measures have been introduced.

In the passionate video Ms Thunberg said: “Whether we like it or not, the world has changed.

She said: “It looks completely different now from how it did a few months ago.

“It may never look the same again.

“We have to choose a new way forward.

“I think if it’s one thing that the corona pandemic shows is that our society, as it is now, is not sustainable in any way.

“I mean, no matter how you want to define the world sustainable if one single virus can destroy economies in a matter of weeks.

“Then that shows that we are not thinking long term and we are not taking these risks into account.”

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The current lockdown has been proven to reduce the level of emissions and negatively impacted the oil industry whose stock value plummeted this week.

Oil is the biggest source of greenhouse gases and has been heating the planet to critical levels.

The two speakers stressed that this lockdown has only provided temporary relief from the climate change crisis and it is distracting from vital research to save the planet.

Last year Ms Thunberg criticised world leaders at the UN by accusing them of “stealing her dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

During the speech, the young activist continued to stare angrily at president Donald Trump.

The POTUS responded by sarcastically tweeting that she “seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”

Ms Thunberg has sailed to North American before on a racing yacht as she will not take polluting jet planes.

Previously the Nobel prize winner has said the coronavirus outbreak showed the importance of listening to scientists and other experts.

‘That goes for all crises, whether its the corona crisis or whether it is the climate crisis which is still ongoing and is not slowing down, even in times like these,’ she said.

The Swedish activist said in March that she had probably been infected with coronavirus herself, saying she had developed symptoms after her travels in Europe.

As she pointed out at the time, many young people are thought to have had the virus with only very mild or non-existent symptoms.

Published at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 05:31:00 +0000