Naomi Seibt is leading the charge to change the world’s perception of climate change and although she admits the environment is altering, she argues C02 emissions are “absolutely insignificant” in bringing about real change. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the 19-year-old laughed at the EU’s bold plan to ensure emissions are cut by 2050. Brussels unleashed its plan to create a law that eliminates carbon emissions and become the world’s first “carbon neutral” continent.
Despite being on a different side of the climate change debate, Ms Seibt agreed with fellow teenage activist Greta as both blasted the plan.
And for Ms Seibt – who does not like the comparison to Greta, who she says has left youngsters around the globe “panicked when they should have hope” – the argument surrounds how the EU is “controlling society”.
Ms Seibt agrees that carbon dioxide – which is a byproduct of the use of fossil fuels – does affect the climate, but she argues that how bad it is for the environment is constantly blown out of proportion by the likes of Greta.
Greta and her army of supporters refer to research from 2013 that claims 97 percent of scientists argued that human activities are behind climate change.
Previously Ms Seibt has said that that research was “way too vague”.
And after the EU’s landmark draft plan emerged, Ms Seibt unleashed a damning appraisal of what Brussels’ lawmakers had done.
She told Express.co.uk: “I think that is just ridiculous because the effect the C02 emissions can have is absolutely insignificant and the consequences of controlling society in that way and only relying on alternative energy sources is not reliable.
“Like solar power and wind power that is not reliable or sustainable it’s just ridiculous.
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The teen added: “The EU is so immersed in their beliefs that they don’t want anyone from the outside to come in and talk to them.
“Even if I tried to reach out to them I don’t think they would allow me to speak and that’s why I accept every opportunity for an interview or to speak because I would love to talk to someone on the other side.
“And if anybody is willing to debate me, even if Greta Thunberg is willing to debate me, I’m willing to come any time and debate them on the issue.”
She continued: “It shows the EU is very one-sided. They are always claiming that they are so democratic and that we need to listen to all sides.
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“It’s the same in schools. In school we were taught that we need to question everything and have discussions, but really those discussions are really limited. When we were at school we didn’t even discuss whether climate change is catastrophic or manmade, we just discussed what is the best alternative energy source so really we’re skipping the main problem here.
“The EU is trying to fake having an open mind, I think, which is very sad to me because I think that’s one of the most important things that holds together society.”
The Green Deal – the name of the EU’s proposal – was created in a bid to curb panic and is the basis of a new growth strategy for those in the bloc.
The law was unveiled by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes it essential that the EU balances emissions and the removal of greenhouse gases.
At the time, Greta blasted the plan, saying by having such a long term goal, the EU had “surrendered” to climate change.
In a letter to leaders, Greta and 33 other activists added: “It means giving up.
“We don’t just need goals for 2030 or 2050.
“We, above all, need them for 2020 and every following month and year to come.”
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