LONDON (Reuters) – Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said on Thursday she would speak on the issue of climate change at the 27th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt , next month. He criticized it harshly, saying that it would be used for “greenwashing” that pretended to be considerate. I gave a lecture at a publishing event in London that I visited to promote my new book.
“COP27 will be opened in a tourist haven in a country that violates many of its basic human rights,” he said. “(Used) by those in power to green-light, lie and deceive,” he said.
When COP26 was held in Glasgow last year, Thunberg took part in protests in the city. However, this year’s COP27 made it clear that he would not be attending, saying, “It will be very difficult to ensure that the voices of activists are heard.” Egypt has effectively banned public demonstrations.
On the other hand, when an environmental activist threw tomato soup at Van Gogh’s iconic “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London earlier this month, he said: “People are trying to find new ways, and it naturally expect this kind of different behavior to emerge.”