Displaying items by tag: Greta Thunberg

Thursday, 29 October 2020 21:43

Brussels: objections to new farming policy

Thousands of climate activists added their names to a Greta Thunberg campaign asking the European Commission to retract a farming policy which would make it impossible to reach the EU’s climate goals. Greta called on her followers to sign an open letter to EU leaders after the European Parliament endorsed the proposal across the bloc. The letter said that on 23 October they let us down once again, in voting for a dirty deal which betrays commitments to the Paris agreement and to justice and to democracy.

Published in Europe
Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:04

USA: UN general assembly

Ninety heads of state attended the annual UN general assembly this week. Every September kings, presidents and prime ministers fly to New York City and attend the UN headquarters. The top priority at its 74th General Assembly is the world's climate emergency. Country leaders were told not to speak without ‘concrete and transformative plans’ to halt rising global temperatures, achieve carbon neutrality and cut carbon emissions by 45%. But VIPs with proposals only had three minutes to speak. Then the UN will collate speeches and brainstorms into a report. Angela Merkel attended the climate summit, but skipped the rest of the week. Donald Trump skipped the climate summit and attended different sessions. How concrete the summit results will actually be is unclear. Meanwhile an angry Greta Thunberg told global leaders, ‘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?’ See

Published in Worldwide
Friday, 20 September 2019 10:17

Climate change fears must be listened to

Rev Dr Richard Frazer has said, ‘Climate change will change the lives of children growing up today, and they will experience profoundly the impact in decades to come. It now casts a long shadow over their lives, and they have responded to the inspiring example of the Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg and want to be heard. We are mindful of the many arguments for and against schoolchildren “striking”, and appreciate the strong feelings this evokes. Rather than taking a stand for or against climate strikes, we urge churches and congregations to listen to children in their communities. Churches can provide a safe space in which to express their concerns and aspirations. By listening to them we can learn and understand better, and this will in turn help us to respond more effectively to the climate emergency.’ Dr Frazer spoke ahead of a series of school strike events planned in many Scottish cities on Friday 20 September.

Published in British Isles
Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:20

France: frosty welcome for Greta

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an address to lawmakers at France’s national assembly. But some right-wing MPs chose to stay away, saying that to fight climate change ‘we need scientific progress and political courage, not apocalyptic gurus’, and ‘Don't count on me to applaud a prophetess in shorts, a Nobel Prize for Fear.’ Greta noted that some lawmakers had not attended and said, ‘That's fine. We are, after all, just children. You don't have to listen to us. But you do have to listen to the scientists, unite behind the science.’ On 25 July, she released a music track calling for civil disobedience while ambient instrumentals provided background music that would appeal to teens. See

Published in Europe