Greta Thunberg presses Biden administration to ‘treat climate crisis like a crisis’
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg implored President Biden to get serious about tackling environmental issues facing the world and suggested the new administration has not done enough in the arena during his first two months in office.
“Just treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” Thunberg said Sunday during an appearance on MSNBC.
“They have said themselves that this is an existential threat, and they’d better treat it accordingly, which they are not,” she added. “They are just treating the climate crisis as [if] it were a political topic among other topics.”
Last month, the administration officially rejoined the Paris climate accord, a global agreement aimed at reducing emissions and pollution by the world’s largest countries. Former President Trump had pulled the U.S. out of the agreement, saying it was expensive and unnecessary.
“We need the United States and every country to determine they will get on a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050. That is not something that we will do by countries just stepping up and saying ‘hey, we commit,'” John Kerry, Biden’s special envoy for climate said when the U.S. rejoined the agreement.
In January, Biden signed a sweeping slew of executive orders meant to address issues of pollution, sustainability and the changing global climate.
“Today’s actions advance those goals and ensure that we are tapping into the talent, grit, and innovation of American workers, revitalizing the U.S. energy sector, conserving our natural resources and leveraging them to help drive our nation toward a clean energy future, creating well-paying jobs with the opportunity to join a union, and delivering justice for communities who have been subjected to environmental harm,” the White House said at the time.
“I understand it’s difficult, and to be honest I would not want to be in a politician’s position right now. I can’t imagine how hard it must be,” she said during the MSNBC appearance. “How can you expect support and pressure from voters … if you are not treating the crisis like a crisis?”