Greta Thunberg criticises climate activists who stopped an ambulance saying ‘we cannot harm other people’

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  2nd November 2022

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Speaking at an event to launch her new book at the South Bank, Greta Thunberg also said people are taking action as they are becoming 'desperate'.


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Greta Thunberg has criticised climate activists who stopped an ambulance, saying campaigners ‘cannot harm other people’.

19-year-old Greta made the comments while speaking to Channel 4 News ahead of the global launch of The Climate Book – a collection of writing by scientists and activists – at the Southbank on Sunday.

During the interview, she touched on numerous topics alongside activism, including whether King Charles and prime minister Rishi Sunak should attend COP27.

She also opened up about her thoughts on Just Stop Oil protests, which have seen activists throw food at classical paintings.

Greta Thunberg on blocking ambulances

There have been several instances of road blockages by climate activists delaying ambulances.

Speaking about this kind of action, Greta said: “That is something that we cannot be doing because we cannot harm other people.”

Addressing other controversial actions, notably Just Stop Oil protests at art galleries, she said: “I think that people are becoming very, very desperate.

“And that’s very that’s something that we should have been expecting. And since we have never faced anything like this before, people are going to try out many many different methods.

“And since nothing else has been working, they will try new things.”


Politicians and royalty

The activist also shared her thoughts on the upcoming COP27 in Egypt, and her thoughts on whether high-profile figures like King Charles and PM Rishi Sunak should attend.

She said she thinks ‘we shouldn’t be focusing too much on individual events like this’.

But, she added: “But, of course, when we see a pattern that the most powerful people in the world don’t seem to prioritize the climate crisis.

“As much as they should. Of course, that’s a sign that they have other things they want to do.”

When it comes to the king, she said: “I don’t know. I don’t see how the Swedish teenager’s opinion on the British monarch is relevant.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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