Sweden’s young climate activist Greta Thunberg. who was in Brussels to speak to EU politicians and to support the Brussels climate youth march on February 21, gave a speech at an event dubbed the ‘Civil Society for rEUnaissance’, which called for the EU to double its greenhouse gas reduction targets to 80% by 2030.
According to Thunberg, this 80% emissions reduction should include aviation and maritime transport. When speaking with European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who called her a ‘unionist’, Thunberg explained that the EU’s climate goals should be “twice as ambitious as the current 40%”.
Along with several other Youth for Climate movement supporters, Thunberg, who has been on “climate strike” since last August, skipping class to protest every Friday outside the Swedish parliament, has been a speaker of the 24th UN climate conference in Poland last December. Next, came Brussels.
The 16-year-old activist said the younger generation is here: “We leave all the problems to our generation, but it is not for our future for which we fight, it is for everyone’s future,” added Thunberg concluded in clear terms: ” We started to clean up your mess. And we will not stop until we finish”.
Under the Paris Agreement, the EU has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and has been implementing a series of measures since December 2015 in various areas, among which the reform carbon market, clean mobility, distribution of effort between the Member States, building, energy saving.
“Some people say it’s good or ambitious,” added Thunberg. “But this goal is still not enough to keep global warming below 1.5° C,” as according to the young Swedish, “this goal is not enough to protect the future of children growing up today”.