Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday that a UN report on a warming planet unveiled by AFP would allow the world to “face the reality” of climate change.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change draft projects how species extinctions, spreading disease, deadly heat waves, ecosystem collapse, rising seas and other devastating climate effects are accelerating.
“It confirms that we already knew this situation was very dire and that we needed to act now,” Thunberg told AFP.
But she said she hopes “many people are becoming more and more willing to tell it as it is”.
The draft, seen exclusively by AFP, says the effects of climate change will become painfully apparent before a child born today turns 30.
Many dangerous limits are closer than once thought, and the dire consequences arising from decades of unbridled carbon pollution are inevitable in the short term.
“Certainly we cannot face this crisis until we are adults enough to speak the truth and face reality,” Thunberg said.
The 18-year-old Swede, who spearheaded the “Friday for Future” movement and youth climate attacks that shocked the world, said the “eye-opening” report was preferable to false assurances.
“The worst part is when people don’t want to talk about the climate crisis… they try to smooth things out. Try to make it more engaging,” she said.
It was important to ensure that the message was “that things will be okay, ‘don’t worry’… when in fact that’s not true.”
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