Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Following Greta’s recent temper tantrum, in which she slammed allegedly green leaders for their lack of progress, politicians are making a big show of their contrition.
Climate change: Youth have ‘every right to be angry’ says UK PM
By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent, Milan
Boris Johnson says young people have every right to be angry about the state of climate change.
The UK prime minister told climate activists in Milan that they were paying the price for the “reckless actions of their elders”.
The penitent mood here was underlined by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who said politicians needed to be “whipped into action.”
Both agreed that urgent action to limit warming was now desperately needed.
They’ve heard from a host of voices including Greta Thunberg who castigated politicians for dashing the hopes and dreams of young people.
Speaking here today, several senior politicians conceded that Ms Thunberg was essentially correct in her analysis.
“Young people around the world are already paying the price for the reckless actions of their elders,” said Mr Johnson.
“Hundreds of millions of you are facing rising seas, failing crops, burning forests, and evermore ferocious storms, daily challenges that lead to lost opportunity. And your future is literally being stolen before your eyes.”
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It is possible the politicians all actually mean to keep their promises they will try harder, but I think there is room for doubt.
And it seems unlikely Greta would accept even a genuine British effort to go green.
As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, in the eyes of deep greens, Britain more than anywhere is irredeemably guilty of climate sin.