When it was Johnson’s turn to address the summit, he said his approach to fighting climate change was not “hugging the rabbit” and insisted that green policies could be an economic opportunity.
“This is not just an expensive, politically correct and green rabbit hug act,” Johnson said. “There’s nothing wrong with hugging the rabbit, but you know what I’m leading to. . . . It’s about growth and jobs. “
Johnson’s message at the top, he said, was “pie, eat, eat.”
He was classic Boris Johnson, a populist charmer who is always looking for a laugh, even if he doesn’t always get one.
“The embarrassment of this has only raised the earth’s temperature by another 0.5 degrees,” said Jonathan Lis, deputy director of the pro-European think tank British Influence in retweeting Johnson’s comments.
Although Johnson is renowned for his clownish antics – meant to be nurtured with care – his government is also keen to show that he is serious about tackling climate change and wants to brandish his green credentials ahead of an international climate summit, known as COP26, to be held. From United Kingdom.
Earlier this week, the UK government announced it will cut emissions by 78% by 2035, from 1990 levels. The target was welcomed by environmental groups, but they also stressed that the UK government is struggling. to meet its existing and less ambitious climate goals.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Thunberg testified before a House subcommittee where he urged US lawmakers to do more to drastically reduce carbon emissions and deliver on commitments made in the Paris Agreement.
“You either do or you will have to start explaining to your kids and the people most affected why you are giving up on the 1.5 degree goal, giving up without even trying,” he said.
“To be honest,” he added, “I don’t think for a second you really will.”
This isn’t the first time Thunberg has changed his Twitter bio to examine world leaders.
After Thunberg was named Person of the Year for 2019 by Time magazine, President Donald Trump jumped on Twitter and wrote, “So ridiculous,” adding, “Greta has to work on her anger management problem, then go. to see a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! “
In response, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. I currently relax and watch a good old fashioned movie with a friend. “