Greta Thunberg storms out of COP26 as she blasts Carney speech as ‘greenwashing’

Greta Thunberg slams carbon offsetting panel for 'greenwashing'

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Greta Thunberg left the side event on carbon offsetting early before calling out at the panellists. The 18-year-old climate activist shouted “stop greenwashing” as she left. The Swedish climate activist arrived in Scotland on Saturday to attend the climate summit. 

A new green commitment from companies controlling 130 trillion US dollars (£95 trillion) in assets will be “more than is needed” to achieve net-zero in the fight against climate change, former Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

Mr Carney, who is now an adviser to the Prime Minister, said climate activist Greta Thunberg was right to “blast” world leaders at the UN in 2019.

He told the Cop26 climate conference: “I was in the room two years ago in the General Assembly, along with presidents, prime ministers, dignitaries and business leaders.

“Greta Thunberg rightly blasted everyone, with words to the effect of you’ve stolen my dreams and my childhood.”

She has since joked she is going “net zero on swear words” after a video emerged of her joining in with a rude chant outside Cop26.

The Swedish activist said she has reflected on her language after being filmed hyping up crowds in Glasgow.

Footage published on Monday showed the 18-year-old speaking to young protesters in Festival Park in Govan, across the River Clyde from the Cop26 venue.

She said: “Change is not going to come from inside there – that is not leadership, this is leadership.

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We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet. No more exploitation. No more blah blah blah. No more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there.”

Later on, she was filmed singing: “You can shove your climate crisis up your arse”.

The teenager has since joked she is now going to continue “net zero” on her language.

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She tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I’ve decided to go net zero on swear words and bad language.

“In the event that I should say something inappropriate I pledge to compensate that by saying something nice.”

In September, she mocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson by quoting parts of his speeches on climate change and adding “blah, blah, blah”.

During her time outside the summit this week, Ms Thunberg has accused politicians of not taking the climate crisis seriously.

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