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“We will not stop”, warned Greta Thunberg on a visit to Lisbon
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist, arrived in Lisbon on December 3, 2019, where she stayed for a few days before leaving for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25), which was held during the month of December in Madrid, to attend the international demonstration that took place there.
The invitation to come to Lisbon had been addressed to her by José Maria Cardoso, MP of Bloco de Esquerda and the President of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Energy who was the author of the unanimously approved idea.
Upon arriving in Lisbon, Greta Thunberg was greeted by dozens of activists, supporters and politicians, including the above-mentioned José Maria Cardoso, Maria Manuel Rola, MP of Bloco de Esquerda and Manuel Grilo, councillor of Bloco de Esquerda in the Lisbon City Hall.
In her arrival speech, Greta Thunberg said she was grateful for the way she was received in Lisbon and took the opportunity to urge young people and other supporters to keep up the pressure on policy makers to take action to combat the climate crisis.
“I am so grateful to have made this trip, to have had this experience, and so honoured to have arrived here in Lisbon! We will not stop, we will continue and do everything we can: to travel, to push people in power to put priorities in place”, said Greta to reporters, activists and supporters who waited several hours for her arrival on the catamaran “La Vagabonde”, the sailboat that brought her from the state of Virginia, in the United States, to Europe.
To the young activists awaiting their arrival, Greta urged them to “continue to help us make all this possible”. About the image of the “angry child”, propagated by some critics of her political message, she replied: “We are angry, frustrated, for a good reason. If you want us to stop being angry, stop making us angry”, warning her critics not to underestimate “the strength of angry children”.
It is time for action to save the Planet
Catarina Martins, the national coordinator of Bloco de Esquerda, along with Nelson Peralta, Maria Manuel Rola, Ricardo Vicente and Fabíola Cardoso, all MPs of Bloco de Esquerda, went to Madrid, to participate in several demonstrations of the counter-summit for climate change whilst the COP 25 was taking place, supporting the Movement “Save the Climate” by subscribing its mobilisation manifesto for this international protest.
“We want to expose the hypocrisy of governments that have failed in climate action for decades, perpetuating inequality and poverty while refusing to apply the handbrake in the face of collapse. It is the same governments that subsidise the fossil industries and rescue the banks that profit from the climate crisis and from environmental and social devastation. It is the same governments that seat these multinationals at the negotiating table and guarantee that the strength of international agreements is never even close to what is necessary”, says the manifesto.
The move from COP 25 to Madrid, according to this movement, “represents a huge effort for social and environmental organizations in a short time, while deeply disturbing the work that several collectives in Latin America had done for the Santiago summit of Chile”.
“We want to take advantage of this change to establish the strongest ties of solidarity and friendship with these movements and with these peoples, and make convergence in Madrid, in the demonstrations and the counter-summit for climate justice, a starting point for the mass actions that have to occur in 2020”, they justify.
Catarina Martins, in her New Year’s message, defended that “everything is yet to be done” and that “it is time for action”, stressing that by 2030 the system has to be changed “to prevent climatic chaos”. “(…) We have until 2030 to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, to transform industry, transportation, to make the energy transition. We have until 2030 to change the system to prevent climate chaos, and we have to start now”, she warned.