The video of the climate change activist dancing went viral on the internet with Astley sharing the video of the dance, calling it "fantastic."
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg let her hair down and "Rickrolled" an audience at a youth-led concert for climate action. Thunberg is known for her stoic expression but she pulled out the moves at a concert in Sweden to loud cheers from the crowd. She sang and danced to Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up. The video of the climate change activist dancing went viral on the internet with Astley sharing the video of the dance, calling it "fantastic." The concert was held ahead of COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change that is set to take place this November, reported CNN. The video was shared on TikTok by the official Climate Live 2021 account.
Watch Greta Thunberg Rickroll the audience at a recent Climate Live concert in Stockholm, Sweden. Rick Astley himself later commented on the moment, calling Greta’s rendition ‘fantastic’ on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/PSW9InZIO0— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 18, 2021
Greta Thunberg has been one of the prominent voices on climate change and teenager has called out some of the world's biggest leaders, accusing them of inaction and not caring about future generations. The climate crisis is worsening with every passing year with floods, wildfires, and searing heat becoming a recurring feature across the world. A report published by the UN in August set off the alarm bells after it showed that the world was becoming hotter much faster than scientists had previously anticipated. The UN described the report as a 'code red for humanity.'
The 3,000-plus-page report from 234 scientists stated that sea-level was rising sharply and worsening extremes such as heatwaves, droughts, floods, and storms. The report also pointed out that the kind of heatwave that happened only once every 50 years is now happening once a decade. Should the world get warmer by another degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the heatwave is likely to happen twice every seven years, said the report.
“Our report shows that we need to be prepared for going into that level of warming in the coming decades. But we can avoid further levels of warming by acting on greenhouse gas emissions,” said report co-chair Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a climate scientist at France’s Laboratory of Climate and Environment Sciences at the University of Paris-Saclay, reported AP. “This report tells us that recent changes in the climate are widespread, rapid and intensifying, unprecedented in thousands of years,” said IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett, senior climate adviser for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Greta Thunberg just rickrolled me, and I’m here for it pic.twitter.com/fHV73fTYyG— Joshua Zitser (@mrjoshz) October 17, 2021
The report said it was imperative that greenhouse gas emissions were cut by at least half this decade to save the world from more catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis. In 2015, more than 190 countries signed up to the Paris Agreement after the COP21 meeting, to limit the increase in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but preferably to 1.5 degrees.
Thunberg hit out at world leaders last month at a summit in Milan, pointing out that over 30 years of purported climate action was nothing but "blah, blah, blah." She mocked world leaders for using environmental-friendly sounding phrases while not actually doing anything about the crisis staring the world in the face. "This is not about some expensive, politically correct dream at the bunny hugging or blah, blah, blah. Build back better, blah, blah, blah. Green economy, blah, blah, blah," she said. "Net-zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate-neutral, blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders — words, words that sound great but so far, have led to no action or hopes and dreams. Empty words and promises," she added.
greta thunberg singing and dancing tonight was iconic ngl pic.twitter.com/HAW47QldIs— amanda (@AmandaMoije) October 16, 2021
In an interview with People, Thunberg said she was hoping to "see an awakening when it comes to the climate and environment; that we start to treat this crisis like the crisis it is. And understand what needs to be done — understand that we have failed and that we need to take real bold action right now, that we cannot afford to wait any longer."