Thunberg danced to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ on Saturday, in front of a crowd at Climate Live, a concert led by young people for climate action.
“Rickrolling” is an Internet phenomenon that involves trick someone into unintentionally opening video for Astley’s hit song from the 80s using disguised hyperlinks.
The concert was organized ahead of COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, which will take place in November.
A state of science report released by the UN in August showed that the world is warming faster than scientists previously thought, and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial. ‘at least half of this decade to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis.
More than 190 countries signed the Paris Agreement after the COP21 meeting in 2015, to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but preferably to 1.5 degrees .
Although the Paris Agreement was a historic moment in the quest to address the climate crisis, it did not include details of how the world would achieve its goal. The following COPs sought to make the related plans more ambitious and to detail the courses of action.
But Thunberg, 18, targeted world leaders – including US President Joe Biden and Britain’s Boris Johnson – at a youth climate summit in Milan last month, saying the past 30 years of climate action had amounted to “blah, blah, blah. “
“This is not some costly and politically correct dream of hugging the bunny or blah, blah, blah. Rebuild better, blah, blah, blah. The green economy, blah, blah, blah, ”she said.
“Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah. That’s all we hear from our so-called leaders – words, words that sound good but so far have not led to any action or hope and dreams, empty words and promises ”, she added.
CNN’s Ivana Kottasová contributed reporting.