Greta Thunberg has said she will not be attending the 2021 UN climate summit unless the issue of global vaccine inequality is addressed.
The Swedish climate activist said the UK government, which is hosting the COP26 summit, should postpone the whole event until vaccine rates have risen worldwide.
Thunberg wrote on Twitter: “Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow COP26. But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms.
“Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and front line workers, mainly from the global south, as usual.”
Thunberg said the conference was not necessary in order to address the issue of climate change and that “solidarity and action can start today.”
According to the BBC, Thunberg’s decision could be a blow to the U.K. government because she has been a regular attendee at global climate conferences for years since her rise to prominence.
U.K. officials have said there are no plans to postpone the conference from this November despite rumours to the contrary, despite the fact the pandemic is worsening in some parts of the world. The summit has already been pushed back once from 2020.
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