Greta Thunberg Eviscerates G7 For Having 'Steak And Lobster' Amid 'Rapidly Escalating' Climate Crisis
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg issued a statement criticizing world leaders for their behavior during the annual G7 Summit.
Thunberg mocked the leaders' short-sightedness in a tweet that went viral.
The climate and ecological crisis is rapidly escalating. G7 spends fantasy amounts on fossil fuels as CO2 emissions… https://t.co/ZkoFUmAvtv— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1623606064.0
Accompanied with a photo of leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden watching the air show they were given, Thunberg sounded the alarm on the current state of the climate crisis.
"The climate and ecological crisis is rapidly escalating. G7 spends fantasy amounts on fossil fuels as CO2 emissions are forecast for 2nd biggest annual rise ever."
She then made fun of the leaders' behavior:
"This calls for steak-and-lobster-BBQ-celebration while jet planes perform aerobatics in the sky above the G7 resort!"
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered over the weekend in Cornwall, U.K. for the annual G7 Summit. Each year, the conference brings together the "Group of Seven," the world's seven wealthiest democracies, to analyze world events and strategize solutions to global problems.
Climate change was chief among those problems at this year's summit, with the Group of Seven leaders agreeing to ramp up action on climate change, pledging to raise $100 billion a year to aid developing countries in cutting emissions and moving away from coal, and committing to keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees celsius.
But many climate activists, Thunberg included, were deeply disappointed in the leaders' climate action, criticizing their resolutions as insufficient, unclear, and a rehash of old agreements and benchmarks they have failed to meet time and again.
This led Thunberg, and many other activists, to criticize the leaders for what they saw as mere lip service.
The G7 leaders really seem to be having a good time presenting their empty climate commitments and repeating old un… https://t.co/RXsfVbZaoO— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1623606241.0
And that was all before it was revealed Prime Minister Johnson chose to fly on a private plane to Cornwall, a place easily reached by car or train from London.
On Twitter, people cheered on Thunberg's criticism of the world's leadership.
@GretaThunberg Totally agree Greta. Empty promises.✊ https://t.co/FxXUwsS0sN— Nick Ancell (@Nick Ancell) 1623606530.0
@GretaThunberg old habits die hard Greta the older generation think they are doing their bit by recycling a bit of… https://t.co/cWqMftQSlm— Jane Gilbert (@Jane Gilbert) 1623606371.0
@GretaThunberg Flying jets to impress shows a monumental disconnect at this summit. They could have had a much bet… https://t.co/Ee2eFpQaQA— Gill Lewis (@Gill Lewis) 1623657570.0
@GretaThunberg For politicians, large corporations and banks - this all seems to be just another type of entertainm… https://t.co/vmfe2T76RJ— Jim SMartEco (@Jim SMartEco) 1623606693.0
Entirely depressing. Entirely unsurprising. https://t.co/BceFLIg3lI— hannahlilystowe (@hannahlilystowe) 1623656228.0
Everybody loves acrobatic jets as a symbol of reducing emissions! https://t.co/u44eLd3qR9— Gianluca Santoni (@Gianluca Santoni) 1623608258.0
She nailed it, that photo shows greatly the irony of it all. https://t.co/YWsmlpzkZt— Paul Caplat 🌲🦋🐦 (@Paul Caplat 🌲🦋🐦) 1623615222.0
Among the Group of Seven's pledges on climate change were an agreement to cut collective emissions in half by 2030, a timeline many scientists say is simply too little, too late.