President Joe Biden has been praised for his efforts so far when it comes to fighting climate change. However, activist Greta Thunberg says it isn’t enough.
The Swedish teenager says the Biden administration must “treat the climate crisis like a crisis,”
She insisted this weekend he hasn’t done “nearly enough.”
On The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC, she was asked how she’d grade the new US president’s efforts so far. She refused to assign a grade, however she did make it clear it would not be top marks.
President Biden has rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change.
He has also appointed John Kerry as a special climate change representative.
Biden has also reversed many of Trump’s damaging environmental policies.
After Greta was asked what more could be done that they haven’t already, she said there needs to be an increase sense of urgency.
“Just treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” she said. “They have said themselves that this is an existential threat, and they’d better treat it accordingly, which they are not. They are just treating the climate crisis as [if] it were a political topic among other topics.”
Greta rose to fame in 2018, when she started protesting outside the Swedish parliament to raise awareness about climate change.
Her movement was called “School Strike for Climate” or “Fridays for Future.”
Other high-profile moments came when she travelled on a zero-emissions yacht to speak at a United Nations climate meeting in New York.
She made headlines with a speech that pulled no punches to world leaders.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money, and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” she said, furiously.
She spoke with more understanding in this latest recording.
“I understand it’s difficult, and to be honest I would not want to be in a politician’s position right now. I can’t imagine how hard it must be,” she told Hasan.
However, she still expects more of them.
“How can you expect support and pressure from voters,” she asked, “if you are not treating the crisis like a crisis?”
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