Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Will Not Attend COP27 in Egypt

Climate activist Greta Thunberg will not attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. That’s what she said during her book launch. She calls the summit a “forum for greenwashing, lies and deceit” and believes the host country is violating human rights.

“I’m not going to COP27 for many reasons,” Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (19) replied yesterday to a question during her book presentation in London for her new book ‘The Climate Book’. First, she lashes out at the host country Egypt, where protest actions are prohibited.

“The summit will take place in a tourist paradise that violates many basic human rights.” She also calls the summit, which will take place from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, an opportunity for greenwashing, lies and deception.

Last year Thunberg was still present at the climate summit in Glasgow. She then took part in the protests. However, Thunberg fears activists will not have that space in Egypt. The country has been under fire for some time for its many political prisoners.

In fact, according to the British newspaper The Guardian, the regime has silenced all of the country’s independent environmentalists in the run-up to the COP. “There is also no representative of any human rights organization on the list of accredited people,” head of the Egyptian Personal Rights Initiative (EIPR) Hossam Baghat told Reuters news agency.

Thunberg was also asked to respond to Just Stop Oil’s recent climate action, in which paintings such as Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ were daubed with soup. Thunberg responded diplomatically: “People are looking for new methods because we realize that what we’ve been doing so far hasn’t worked. So it is not surprising that there are new promotions.”

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