‘Does that frustrate you?’ Eustice fights back against Greta Thunbergs Cop26 activism

George Eustice grilled on 'frustrations' over Greta Thunberg

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Mr Eustice appeared on LBC and was asked about the success and failure of the Cop26 summit. The Environment Secretary could not avoid the large climate change protests headed by Greta Thunberg who has been extremely critical of the conference – which she says is a PR exercise. Mr Eustice rejected the assessment, arguing Ms Thunberg did not represent all young voices before listing off achievements of the summit.

Speaking on LBC, Mr Eustice joined host Tom Swarbrick to discuss the Cop26 summit as it reaches its halfway mark.

Mr Eustice was asked whether he agreed with Ms Thunberg’s protest and if she was right calling it a PR exercise.

He told the station: “I don’t agree with her and obviously she was saying this before it even started.

“There is still a week to go and it hasn’t finished – there have been some really positive announcements this week.

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“We’ve now got around 90 percent of the world’s economy committed to net zero by the middle of the century.

“A really big step forward on forests as well with 120 countries, including countries like Brazil and Russia and China coming together to say that they’re going to halt deforestation by 2030…

“I’ve met a lot of young people that have been involved in the conference speaking on panels.

“I don’t think we should assume that Greta Thunberg represents all youth opinion on this.”

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Mr Eustice was then asked if the attitude of Ms Thunberg and other protesters “frustrated” him.

The Environment Secretary brushed off the accusation, stating protesters are common at many large events.

He concluded by saying the week had not finished yet and was still expecting some big announcements.

It is not the first time Mr Eustice was grilled on Ms Thunberg as he told Channel 4 News he did not agree with protesters downplaying the Cop26 summit.

He explained a lot of work and diplomacy was needed at events like Cop26 and did not think it was fair to be immediately critical of it.

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Protesters and guest speakers have demonstrated across the UK and other countries as Cop26 reaches its halfway line.

Ms Thunberg delivered a speech on Friday to protesters stating Cop26 was a “PR exercise” and that she was tired of “blah, blah, blah”.

At the beginning of the conference, Ms Thunberg tweeted: “#COP26 has been named the must excluding COP ever.

“This is no longer a climate conference. This is a Global North greenwash festival. A two-week celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah.”

Thousands took to the streets of Glasgow, Birmingham and London but were unfortunately hampered by the weather meaning some stages were not set up.

The organisers of the protests claim 200 demonstrations were carried out across the world on Saturday.

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