Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish local weather activist whose faculty strike impressed younger individuals the world over to take motion on local weather change, criticized world leaders on Friday for permitting the “exploitation of individuals and nature.”

“The leaders aren’t doing nothing,” Ms. Thunberg stated, addressing a crowd of hundreds marching in Glasgow outdoors the United Nations local weather summit. “They’re actively creating loopholes, shaping frameworks to learn themselves to proceed cashing in on this damaging system.”

Probably the most recognizable local weather activists on this planet, Ms. Thunberg has painted a dark portrait of the summit in Glasgow, the place officers from world wide are attempting to achieve agreements to cut back emissions and preserve the typical international temperature from rising above 1.5 levels Celsius in contrast with preindustrial ranges by the top of this century.

Talking on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday, Ms. Thunberg stated that COP26 was “type of turning right into a greenwash marketing campaign, a P.R. marketing campaign,” for enterprise leaders and politicians to faux that they’re taking motion on international warming with out following by means of.

“Since we’re so removed from what truly we wanted,” Ms. Thunberg said at a New York Times event in Glasgow, “I feel what could be thought-about successful could be if individuals understand what a failure this COP is.”

Leaders and enterprise executives have made some vital commitments. On Tuesday, greater than 100 nations agreed to chop emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse fuel, 30 p.c by 2030. And on Wednesday a coalition of the world’s greatest traders, banks and insurers that collectively management $130 trillion stated they have been dedicated to financing projects that will assist get firms and nations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

However environmentalists have criticized the financing pledge as missing intimately.