Arnold Schwarzenegger Teams Up With Greta Thunberg At Climate Talks
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at a summit organised by the actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Swedish 16-year-old spoke twice at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna, attended by global dignitaries including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.
The purpose of the summit is to promote the interests of the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Schwarzenegger praised Thunberg for her grassroots movement and said on his Twitter that he was "starstruck" to meet the teen who has spurred the global movement of school striking for action on climate change.
Addressing the crowd of world leaders, journalists, and CEOs at the R20 summit, the teenage Nobel Peace Prize Nominee said that climate change is the "biggest crisis humanity has ever faced".
Thunberg told the crowd that they have an "enormous responsibility" when it comes to influencing people to change their behaviour and noted, "let's be honest, this is the responsibility that most of you have failed to take."
Schwarzenegger then took to the stage to say that the majority of countries have failed to take the Paris Climate Agreement seriously and asked world leaders to stop lying to their populations about climate change and pollution.
Schwarzenegger pleaded for governments to "offer them solutions instead of bullshit".
Regions of Climate Action (or R20) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 2011 by Schwarzenegger with the intention of accelerating green infrastructure development across the globe. The annual summit has been held in Vienna since 2017.