Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has accused New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern of ‘doing nothing’ to stop global warming.
The climate activist spearheaded the global School Strike for Climate movement, which saw more than four million students drop out of class in March 2019.
She was known for her tough views on emissions reductions and extreme demands from world leaders, claiming she “can’t think of a single politician” whose actions to combat climate change impressed her.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has claimed that no politician has impressed her (pictured, Ms Thunberg addresses a climate march in Berlin)
When asked about Ms Ardern, who in June said climate change is a matter of ‘life and death’, she took a cheeky swipe at the left-wing Kiwi leader.
“It’s funny that people believe that Jacinda Ardern and people like that are climate leaders. That just tells you how little people know about the climate crisis,” she said the guard.
‘Of course the emissions have not decreased. It goes without saying that these people do nothing.’
New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw said Ms Thunberg was right when she said the country’s carbon footprint hadn’t decreased yet, but it would.
Asked about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern (pictured), Ms Thunberg said ‘these people are not doing anything’
“That’s why the work our government is doing is so important – and it’s clear we have a lot of work to do,” said Mr Shaw. stuff.
In December 2020, New Zealand declared a climate emergency and pledged to decarbonise the public sector by 2025.
Ms Thunberg took to Twitter and claimed the move was hardly a positive step forward.
“In other words, the government has just committed to cutting less than one percent of the country’s emissions by 2025,” she tweeted on Dec. 13, 2020.
‘Text explaining New Zealand’s so-called climate emergency declaration. This, of course, is nothing unique to a nation.”
Ms Ardern said in response at the time that the teen hardliner’s criticism was unjustified, as her government planned to do much more.
‘If that were a government’s ultimate ambition, it would be worthy of criticism; it’s not our ultimate ambition and it’s not the entirety of our climate change plans,” she said.
“But again, I think it’s really up to us to just continue to meet our commitments and expectations.”
After the sweep, New Zealand’s Climate Chancellor James Shaw said Ms Thunberg was right when she said their carbon footprint had not been reduced (pictured, Ms Thunberg in Germany)
In the year to March 2020, the country’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 percent, but started to increase slowly towards the end of the calendar year.
But the New Zealand government will release a detailed plan to cut emissions by 2022, and Mr Shaw said the country would increase its contribution to the Paris Agreement.
The Climate Commission wants New Zealand to comply with a reduced ‘carbon budget’ – the amount of emissions a country produces each year.
As much as Ms Thunberg advocates for climate change, she admitted that her stance has impacted her family.
Ms Thunberg also hit out on Twitter the declaration of a climate emergency in New Zealand (pictured, Ms Ardern)
She claimed that she and her family often have people filming them from outside their home and trying to break into them.
Violence against climate activists is common worldwide, she claimed.
Campaign group Global Witness claimed that more than 220 activists have been killed this year while working to protect the environment and land rights.
Now 18 years old, Mrs. Thunberg lives outside the home, to escape the adoring fans who also flock to the doorstep of the Thunberg family home.