Greta Thunberg speaks during a demonstration of the Climate Vive Group protest in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 17, 2020.REUTERS Pierre Albouy, Pierre Albouy
The leaders of Sweden, including Greta Thunberg and Stefan Lofven, are still in denial about the threat of climate change.
As climate activists in Sweden I don't know how many meetings there have been with the people in power, it is, basically, the same debate every time : there are two full denials, Thunberg told reporters after the meeting.
The sense of crisis is absolutely zero.
Thunberg, who shot to fame in 2018 when her one protest sparked by the Swedish parliament in Stockholm over the lack of action to stop climate change, also criticised the media for underplaying the severity of the crisis.
She said if no one put pressure on those in power, they are obviously not going to do anything.
Global governments appeared to have given up on the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to preindustrial levels, she said.
We won't accept that.
Sweden's government has claimed a leading role in the fight against climate change, but Thunberg and her fellow activists said the government was not doing enough.
As it now looks, those who don't take the climate crisis as a crisis, unfortunately, are part of the problem she said.
But there was still hope for all of us.
Think if these people did something, think if they could shoulder the responsibility, they could be such a big part of the solution, and Thunberg said that to him.
In a comment on the meeting on Instagram, Lofven said that Sweden was a driving force in Europe's effort on climate change while its industry was transitioning to a renewable future and helping other countries reduce greenhouse gases.
Sweden has the opportunity to be the first fossil-free welfare state in the world, but we need to increase the pace of change, Lofven said.We have new steps for this.