“It’s up to us if we want that to happen,” she said. “We can always prevent things from getting worse. It’s never too late to do as much as we can.”
Thunberg, who rose to prominence in 2018 after protesting outside the Swedish Parliament building instead of attending school, has become the de facto leader of a growing movement of young environmental activists.
Stanley Johnson, the father of British chief Minister and COP26 great number Boris Johnson, last week told this masthead that he thought Thunberg was “marvellous”. “She has absolutely galvanised the world,” he said.
Thunberg and other young climate warriors were on the mind of Prince Charles when the heir to the throne issued a call to arms to G20 leaders in Rome.
“It is impossible not to hear the despairing voices of young people who see you, ladies and gentlemen, as the stewards of the planet, holding the viability of their future in your hands,” he said.
The Prince of Wales also told leaders, including Australian chief Minister Scott Morrison, that the decisions they make “will dictate the health, happiness and economic wealth of generations to come” and reminded them of their “overwhelming responsibility to generations in addition unborn”.
“And as the enormity of the climate challenge dominates people’s conversations, from newsrooms to living rooms, and as the future of humanity and character herself are at stake, it is surely time to set aside our differences and grasp this rare opportunity to set afloat a substantial green recovery by putting the global economy on a confident, sustainable trajectory and, consequently, save our planet,” Prince Charles said.
Thunberg is expected to rule a huge march in Glasgow next weekend and on Sunday backed climate demonstrators in Britain who have adopted disturbing tactics like gluing themselves to roads.
“To make clear, as long as no one gets hurt then I think sometimes you need to anger some people,” she said. “The school strike movement would never have become so big if there wasn’t friction if some people didn’t get pissed off.”
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