Greta Thunberg to skip UN climate Summit over uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccine amongst countries

Climate activist Greta Thunberg mentioned that ‘Vaccine nationalism’ won’t solve the pandemic. “Global problems need global solutions”, asserted the Swedish activist.

Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg, on Friday – confirmed to skip the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, over concerns that inequality of access to Covid-19 vaccines will leave many countries unable to participate on even terms.

The 18-year-old activist maintained that by November richer countries would be vaccinating young healthy people “very often at the expense of people in risk groups in other parts of the world.”

“Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26 But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms. Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and front line workers (mainly from global south, as usual…)”, Greta Thunberg wrote in a tweet on Friday, confirming a BBC report.

“If people can’t be vaccinated and travel to be represented equally, that’s undemocratic and would worsen the problem”, she further added in a series of tweets on Friday.

Thunberg added that ‘Vaccine nationalism’ won’t solve the pandemic. “Global problems need global solutions”, asserted the Swedish activist.

Thunberg shot to fame in 2018 by campaigning against climate change at the age of 15. She began a solitary protest against global warming outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. She has skipped her Friday school classes, demanding the government to take action on climate change.

Within months, more than two million students in 135 countries had set up their own picket lines, joining Thunberg’s “School strike for the climate” campaign.

Since postponing the conference does not seem to be a viable option, Greta pointed out that “urgent action required”. She also asserted that the world doesn’t have to wait for conferences or anyone else to dramatically start reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“But if current trends continue and the #cop26 has to be delayed that doesn’t mean we have to delay the urgent action required. We don’t have to wait for conferences nor anyone or anything else to dramatically start reducing our emissions. Solidarity and action can start today”, Greta Thunberg wrote in a tweet.

“And a digital solution is of course far from optimal. High speed internet connection and access to computers is extremely unequal in the world. In that case we would lack representation from those whose voices need to be heard the most when it comes to the climate crisis”, the 18-year-old activist added.

The conference has already been postponed once as it was originally planned for November 2020. However, the campaigner said she did not rule out reversing her decision if vaccine access improved.

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