Greta Thunberg took another swipe at Australia’s leaders by posting an Instagram photo of a kangaroo fleeing from blazes in Conjola on New South Wales coast and demanding action from politicians.
The 17-year-old climate change activist wrote: “Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun.
“Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48.9C. 500 million animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires.
“Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect.
“And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the Australia fires.”
She added: “That has to change. And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires.”
Greta’s post drew thousands of comments, with one saying: “We can all donate to wildlife rescues and fire brigades but we must not forget to change ourselves, to remember our own power and to envision and fight (create) everyday for a fairer, more harmonious and sustainable future.”
Another wrote: “So well said Greta. We need politicians with your morals and drive.”
A third added: “So sad, and people still deny climate change… what will it take, individual hardships from the effects of climate change? And by then… it’ll be too late.”
But some people slammed the teen activist, saying she was not doing anything to change the situation. One wrote: “For once can you please just actually do something useful, like leave a link for donations or make one yourself.”
Another commented: “What Australia needs is support, not your sympathy and certainly not your political agenda.”
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