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Thunberg questions Italy climate talks By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks with Reuters throughout the Global Climate Strike of the motion Fridays for Future in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

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By Stephen Jewkes and Giulio Piovaccari

MILAN (Reuters) -Greta Thunberg and fellow youth campaigners struck a sceptical tone for this week’s climate talks in Italy, saying a lot has been promised however little achieved to deal with world warming in virtually three a long time because the landmark Earth Summit.

Fears that climate change is worsening grew after a U.N. report in August warned the scenario was dangerously near spiralling uncontrolled, with the world sure to face additional disruptions for generations to come back.

“Thirty years of blah, blah, blah,” Thunberg informed the opening session of a Youth4Climate occasion on Tuesday.

Thousands of younger activists have converged on Milan this week with some 400, from about 190 nations, attributable to have interaction with policymakers to hammer out proposals for doable options.

“So-called leaders have cherry picked young people to meetings like this to pretend they are listening to us, but they are not listening,” Thunberg stated.

“There is no planet B … Change is not only possible but necessary, but not if we go on like we have until today.”

The youth activists, who fought to get climate change to the highest of the worldwide agenda years after leaders on the 1992 Rio Summit in Brazil pledged to deal with environmental issues, are being challenged to assist give you the options forward of the COP26 United Nations summit in November.

Their proposals might be vetted by climate and vitality ministers gathering on the similar venue for his or her pre-COP26 assembly, and a few will discover their method to the Glasgow summit.

The conferences come as hovering vitality costs on world markets stoke fears of a preferred backlash in opposition to climate reform.

The U.N. COP26 convention goals to safe extra formidable climate motion from the practically 200 nations who signed the 2015 Paris Agreement and agreed to attempt to restrict human-caused world warming to 1.5 levels Celsius.

“Young people need to start getting involved in the actual negotiations,” stated Rose Kobusinge, a youth delegate from Uganda. “We want 1.5 (degrees) and we won’t go beyond that.”

‘MONEY SPEAKS’

At their pre-COP26 summit, which begins on Thursday, some 50 climate ministers will deal with hurdles, together with differing views on the tempo of transition and who pays for it.

While new vitality and funding pledges from the U.S. and China have left negotiators extra upbeat, many G20 nations, together with main polluters like China and India, are but to ship updates of their short-term climate motion plans.

“Now is the time for leaders of the biggest economies and the biggest greenhouse gas emitters to make much bolder commitments,” Britain’s COP26 President Alok Sharma, stated in a video message on Tuesday.

Climate activists are demanding policymakers match rhetoric with motion and stump up the billions of {dollars} wanted to wean the world off fossil fuels to cleaner vitality throughout a 12 months that has seen record-breaking heatwaves, floods and fires.

“Money speaks, and if rich nations don’t restructure debt for poor nations and commit $500 billion for climate action from 2020-2024, there’s no point in wasting time at these meetings,” Oscar Soria of the U.S.-based activist community Avaaz stated.

Wealthy nations who pledged a decade in the past to mobilize $100 billion a 12 months to assist susceptible nations adapt and transition to cleaner vitality are nonetheless wanting their 2020 aim.

“It was promised by 2020 and we are still waiting,” Vanessa Nakata, a youth delegate from Uganda, stated.

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