Speaking at The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC, Greta Thunberg, the eighteen-year-old climate activist, slammed Biden for not handling the climate issue efficiently. She expressed that she wants him to treat the climate crisis as a crisis.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed President Joe Biden’s handling of the climate crisis on Sunday, saying he hasn’t done “nearly enough.”
The Swedish climate activist, who encouraged her social media followers to vote for Biden in 2020, said the president's current climate policies are not in line with efforts to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius—a crucial global warming benchmark set by Paris climate conference.
Ms. Thunberg, 18, has been a climate activist since 2018 when she began skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament against what she saw as inaction on climate change. Hundreds of thousands of students around the world soon joined her movement, alternately called “School Strike for Climate” or “Fridays for Future.”
On The Mehdi Hasan Show on March 8, the 18-year-old activist slammed Biden for not handling the issue efficiently. She was asked to grade the new US president’s efforts on climate change so far. She refused to assign a grade but made it clear it would not be an A+.
”If Joe Biden called you and said he could wave a presidential magic wand, what you tell him to do?”— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 8, 2021
- Nothing. Because that would be undemocratic and democracy is the most precious thing we have.
My interview with @mehdirhasan @MehdiHasanShow on @MSNBC#FaceTheClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/mOM1xt2oVd
She said: "Well, you shouldn't take that from me, I'm just a teenager, so I don't have the mandate to sort of give grades like that. My opinion on this doesn't matter.
"You should rather look at the science and whether his policies are in line with perseverance and to stay below 1.5 or even 2 degrees Celsius, and then you can clearly see that, no, it's not nearly enough in line with the science.
"I understand that it's difficult and to be honest I would not want to be in a politician's position right now - I can't imagine how hard it must be. But I would just like him to treat the climate crisis like a crisis."
Recently, Biden signed the United States back into the Paris Agreement, revoking the environmental policies done by former President Donald Trump, and appointing John Kerry as a special climate change envoy,
When asked what the Biden administration should do that it hasn’t done already, the Swedish teenager said the biggest change she’d like to see is in the level of urgency around the issue.
Thunberg's words come after Biden outlined his administration's goals for tackling climate change in an executive order published on January 27.
According to the order, the US is aiming to have a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 and a pollution-free electricity sector by 2035.
However, NBC News reports that Biden has faced a backlash from organized labor groups because this policy involves phasing out of industries that contribute to global pollution.
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