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Greta Thunberg calls global warming conference ‘scam’, says ‘wake up’ Australia, doesn’t back Greens – Daily Mail

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has called the United Nations climate change conference a ‘scam’ in a TV interview. 

Ms Thunberg made the remarks ahead of the Conference of Parties meeting in Egypt on Sunday, where Australia will be represented by Energy Minister Chris Bowen. 

In an interview to be aired on ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday evening, Ms Thunberg also said Australia must ‘wake up and treat the climate emergency like an emergency.’  

Ms Thunberg also Australians not to trust politicians to take the action needed to halt global warming and said she doesn’t support Green political parties by default. 

‘It seems like many people in Australia think that now we have a new government, everything will be fine,’ she said from her home in Sweden.

‘Of course, that is very, very far from true.’

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) has called on Australia to 'wake up and treat the climate emergency like an emergency'

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) has called on Australia to ‘wake up and treat the climate emergency like an emergency’

The 19-year-old said she has ‘never supported any (political) party and that all sides of politics have failed to address climate change.

‘People sometimes assume that I’m supporting Green parties and so on, which is of course not true. 

‘All the current ideologies and party politics have failed to create the necessary changes.’ 

Ms Thunberg, who has campaigned internationally on climate issues since she was 15, said people often ask her is she’s a pessimist or an optimist on saving the planet.

‘And I always say that I’m a realist. It is definitely possible for us to avoid the worst consequences of this crisis, but not if we continue like now.

‘There is certainly opportunities and chances for us to be able to save what we can possibly save. 

‘But as long as we continue like we are now, there is not very much hope in sight,’ she said. 

This weekend, around 35,000 delegates from around the world will gather at Sharm el Sheikh for the COP 27 climate change conference.

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen (pictured in a selfie with his dogs) is leading the Australian delegation at the COP 27 climate conference in Egypt starting this weekend

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen (pictured in a selfie with his dogs) is leading the Australian delegation at the COP 27 climate conference in Egypt starting this weekend

Chris Bowen will lead the Australian delegation, while US President Joe Biden will be among the other 100 world leaders attending.

But Ms Thunberg said politicians use words ‘to make it seem like they’re doing something when they’re not’.

Climate summits ‘serve as an opportunity for big polluters to greenwash themselves … using PR tactics and communication strategies disguised as politics,’ she said.

Greta Thunberg (pictured) said 'All the current ideologies and party politics have failed to create the necessary changes'

Greta Thunberg (pictured) said ‘All the current ideologies and party politics have failed to create the necessary changes’ 

When she started her climate activism as a 15-year-old student, Ms Thunberg inspired a worldwide movement by holding a school ‘strike’, hoping to raise awareness climate issues.

On her Twitter account she describes herself as being an ‘Activist with Asperger’s’ and said her direct manner of speaking has helped her spread her message.  

‘I tell it as it is, I don’t try to package any message in order to fit anyone else’s view in order to please anyone,’ she told ABC’s 7.30.

‘Even though many of the communication experts say we need to be optimistic in our reporting, and we need to communicate in an optimistic way, in a positive way, that doesn’t really go in line with the fact that we are facing an existential crisis.’

Ms Thunberg said acting on climate change is ‘a question of morality … it’s not politics anymore. It’s just common sense and basic morality.’

Greta Thunberg has opened up about her everyday teenage life, confessing that she has never been drunk and worries about romance for fears of being vulnerable

Greta Thunberg has opened up about her everyday teenage life, confessing that she has never been drunk and worries about romance for fears of being vulnerable

She has just released a new book called The Climate Book, which includes input from more than one hundred experts, including geophysicists, oceanographers, meteorologists, engineers, economists, mathematicians, historians, philosophers and indigenous leaders.

Ms Thunberg recently opened up about her everyday teenage life, confessing that she has never been drunk and worries about romance for fears of being vulnerable. 

She said she is extremely conscious of everything she does – living solely on her student grant.

While she aims to walk everywhere she can, rather than take taxis, she has made one exception during a period that she had to have security guards after Donald Trump’s public attack on her.

When Thunberg was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2019, then president Trump tweeted, following her speech to the UN General Assembly: ‘She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’ 

Then 17, she was met with an overwhelming flurry of death threats and media attention – forcing her to recruit security.

She got her payback however, when Mr Trump was kicked out of the White House, tweeting: ‘He seems like a very happy old man, looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’

Greta Thunberg’s interview will air on the ABC’s 7.30 program tonight at 7.30pm AEDT. 

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