Greta Thunberg boycotts COP27 climate summit, calls it ‘scam’ venue for ‘greenwashing’

President Biden plans to attend COP27, the annual UN climate conference, but he won’t rub shoulders with Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

Miss Thunberg has confirmed she will not attend the 27th annual conference of the parties, a 10-day forum which kicks off in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday, calling it a ‘scam’ and place of “greenwashing”. .”

“As it stands, COPs are mostly used as an opportunity for leaders and people in power to say we’re going to change, using many different types of greenwashing, lying and cheating, etc. “, Miss Thunberg said in an interview on Sunday. at the Southbank Center in London.

His comments during a media tour to plug his new ‘The Climate Book’ (Penguin Random House) threw more cold water on an event already beset with challenges, including fears of food and fuel shortages in winter.

“So as it stands, the COPs aren’t really going to lead to major changes unless, of course, we use them as an opportunity to mobilize, which is what we need to try to do, and get people to understand how much of a scam it is, and realizing that those systems are failing us, and we need to wake up and realize that,” she said.

Mr Biden is due to appear on November 11 at COP27, the main gathering of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which brings together signatories to the Kyoto Protocol or the Paris Agreement on combating global warming. .

“At COP27, he will build on the important work the United States has undertaken to advance the global fight against climate and help the most vulnerable build their resilience to climate impacts, and he will underscore the need for the world to act during this decisive decade,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement last week.

Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry is also expected to attend, an appearance that comes amid rumors that he plans to quit afterwards, which his spokesperson has denied.

“I can’t stress enough: Secretary Kerry has no intention of leaving, and his sole focus is COP27. Period. And everything else is baseless speculation,” Whitney Smith, director of communications for the office of the president’s special climate envoy, told The Washington Times.

Around 90 heads of state are expected, but British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak caused a stir last week when he said he would skip the forum, citing “other urgent commitments”.

Britain’s newly-chosen leader has since come under pressure to make a high-profile summit appearance, prompting speculation in the British press that he may reverse course.

Among those applauding Thunberg, 19,’s decision to throw shade at COP27 is prominent climate-skeptic Marc Morano, who plans to attend.

“Congratulations to Greta! She started out wanting to travel great distances to attend those UN climate summits, but now she correctly realizes it’s a ‘scam,'” Mr. Morano, who manages the Climate Depot website.

“Those of us who oppose the entire ‘Net Zero’ agenda and Green New Deal applaud Greta’s moment of clarity regarding the undeniable scam that is the UN climate process” , did he declare. “We welcome Greta understanding now that these summits have nothing to do with the climate.”

Miss Thunberg, who attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, said she wanted to leave “space” for others to attend.

“I am not going to COP27 for many reasons, but I think the space for civil society this year is extremely limited and restricted as you say, and then it is important to leave space for those who really need to be there, the most affected people in the most affected areas,” she said in an interview on Channel 4 News in London.

She also said the forums are “not really designed to drive big change.”

“Last year the fossil fuel lobby had more representatives than any other nation,” she said. “It shows how seriously we take this.”

This year’s event comes with rising global food and fuel prices as OPEC+ cuts oil production; Russia is cutting its natural gas exports and producers are struggling to meet post-pandemic demand, priorities that have diverted attention away from reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide in the name of fighting global warming.

Climate activists argue that higher costs underscore the need for green energy by exposing the vulnerabilities of fossil fuel addiction, while critics counter that the energy crisis exposes the inability of solar and wind to power the society.

“This UN climate summit should be dubbed the ‘Cover Your A$$ Summit’ as climate activists will furiously portray the failure of green energy and the deadly power outages to come as somehow so Russia’s fault or the free market’s fault,” Moran said.

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