The coronavirus crisis offers lessons on how the world should tackle climate change, activist Greta Thunberg said.
“The main message that underlines everything that we do is ‘listen to the science, listen to the scientists and the experts.’ And now all of a sudden you hear that everywhere, everyone is saying that — the people in power, the business leaders,” the Swedish activist said in an interview with the BBC.
“It feels like the corona crisis has sort of changed science — the role of science in our societies,” Thunberg said. “We are suddenly starting to understand that … we actually have to listen to the experts, that’s actually something that we depend on.”
Thunberg also raised concerns that climate change is not seen as a sufficiently pressing challenge. “The level of knowledge and understanding even among people in power is very, very low, much lower than you would think,” she said.
Climate change “has never been treated as a crisis, it is still seen as this vague, distant topic,” Thunberg said. “It not like it’s not affecting people already today … but it’s this kind of crisis that will sneak up on us later if we don’t do anything.”
“I think that older generations, and especially people in power, are underestimating the power of young people, and the amount of change that we can actually achieve,” Thunberg added.