Greta Thunberg grateful for Lisbon reception

in News · 03-12-2019 14:52:00 · 2 Comments

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg today expressed gratitude for the way she was received in Lisbon after 21 days travelling at sea and called on everyone to keep up the pressure on politicians to fight the climate crisis.

“I am so grateful to have made this trip, to have had this experience, and so honoured to have arrived here in Lisbon,” said the Swedish teenager, who landed late in the morning in the Portuguese capital, before travelling today to Madrid, where the United Nations Climate Summit (COP25) is being held.

At a press conference, she left the assurance that the fight will not stop so that the protests of young people are heard: "We will not stop, we will continue and do everything in our power: to travel, to put pressure on those in power to put priorities in place," said the 16-year-old activist, appealing to the dozens of activists who welcomed her: "Continue to help us to make all this possible."

Asked to comment on how some adults see her as an angry child, she replied that “people underestimate the strength of angry children,” adding: “We are angry, frustrated, for good reason. If you want us to stop being angry, stop making us angry.

After attending a summit in New York, the young activist should have travelled to Chile for COP25, but at the last minute the Chilean Government resigned from organizing the meeting due to social instability in the country, and Madrid took over.

That is why the young Swede embarked on 13 November, back to Europe, on the catamaran “La Vagabonde” as a way to avoid the planes and their heavy polluting cargo.

However, today at the press conference, she admitted that it is impossible for her example to be followed by everyone.

Prior to the press conference, Greta Thunberg was welcomed by the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, and the chairman of the Parliamentary Environment Commission, José Maria Cardoso, as well as Portuguese student climate strike activists.


Hi Marc, yes it is always good to see her smile, it seemed to improve on her journeys throughout N. America + Canada. However, even Greta realizes the limitations to travelling such vast distances without flying, one of the first statements she made on docking in Lisbon. Have a good look at the map of our world, the answer will come to you instantly; unless of course they start processing a CO2 neutral fuel in planes soon.

By Dalida from Other on 04-12-2019 06:49

It is nice to see Swedish activist Greta Thunberg smiling.
I am waiting for Greta Thunberg to go to China, India, Brazil and
any other number of countire and lecture them about carbon emissions.
It appears that Greta Thunberg is only interested in lecturing Western nations about carbon emissions.
Everybody knows that China and many other nations are the prime carbon-atmospheric polluters on the planet and not the Western nations.
Where are the professsional progressive-liberal climate activists who advise Greta Thunberg? Why do they not send her to China to advise them?

By Marc J Moniz from USA on 03-12-2019 04:26
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