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Greta Thunberg has joined a climate change protest that is preventing access to the Swedish parliament building.
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Greta Thunberg has joined a climate change protest that is preventing access to the Swedish parliament building.

Greta Thunberg and approximately 50 other activists gathered outside Sweden’s parliament, accusing the country of excessive greenwashing.

A group of activists, predominantly young, gathered outside the government buildings in Stockholm on Monday morning to prevent politicians from entering. The individuals claimed to be acting out of concern rather than on behalf of any specific organization.

On a crucial day for the Swedish government, the prime minister, Ulf Kristersson, and several important figures gathered in Brussels for the official flag-raising ceremony at Nato headquarters, marking their recent membership.

The 21-year-old climate activist expressed that Sweden, like other countries, is ignoring the climate crisis and not taking it seriously as an emergency. The country is also accused of using deceptive tactics and spreading false information to make it seem like they are taking sufficient action and heading in a positive direction, when in reality, the opposite is true.

According to her, Sweden is skilled at portraying themselves as a champion of environmentalism, but in reality, our country has significant carbon emissions per person when taking into account all types of emissions, including those from consumption and natural sources. This is especially evident when examining our past emissions. Therefore, we cannot claim to be a true leader in tackling climate change.

The government of Sweden, led by a Moderate party coalition with support from the far-right Sweden Democrats, has received significant backlash for its approach to meeting agreed climate targets. Their policies are anticipated to significantly raise emissions.

Greta Thunberg stated that people worldwide struggle to concentrate on multiple issues simultaneously. She emphasized the importance of addressing all underlying causes and ensuring a fair transition to effectively combat the climate crisis.

On Monday, Thunberg stated that the purpose of the protest was to draw attention to both the climate crisis and its impact on human lives. She emphasized the disregard shown by those in positions of power towards the most affected groups, as well as activists, young individuals, and scientific evidence. She condemned the prioritization of immediate economic gain by politicians, which she believes comes at the expense of sacrificing both human life and the well-being of our planet in the name of greed.

According to her, this form of protest was unprecedented in Sweden, although it has occurred in other parts of the globe.

The movement for climate justice has been attempting to convey our message for many years, and scientists and those most impacted have been raising the alarm for even longer. However, those in positions of power have chosen not to listen and have instead silenced those who speak out.

The protest also saw the participation of climate experts who came to express their backing.

The Swedish authorities, who are believed to be present at the demonstration, have been reached out to for a statement.

Source: theguardian.com