On day three of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg abruptly exited a panel discussion on the role of finance in protecting forests and supporting the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities. Following a statement from Samuel A. Jinapor, a representative of the Ghanian Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Thunberg walked across the stage, shouting, “Thanks for greenwashing,” before leaving the room.
– Let all citizens of the world be reminded of the prophetic words of the celebrated and farsighted American Patriot Martin Luther King. And be called upon to act what he referred to as, quote, the fierce urgency of now, end quote. I thank you for your attention.[AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
– Thank you, Mr Minister. Thank you for your words. It is true. Thank you, Greta, for being part of today’s event. So.
GRETA THUNBERG: Thanks for greenwashing!
– So, thank you, minister. And let me use your phrase. We must go beyond the talk. And that is true. We must not only walk the talk, but go beyond the talk. And to walk the talk, let me make a little small tweak to our agenda.