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Greta Thunberg vows to go ‘net zero on swear words’ after COP26 chant

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Greta Thunberg has announced a tongue-in-cheek pledge to go ‘net zero on swear words’ after riling people with bad language.

The young activist, 18, vowed to balance out her profanities by ‘saying something nice’ after she was filming singing ‘you can shove your climate crisis up your a***’ outside COP26.

At the same rally, she told fellow protesters: ‘Inside Cop, there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously… No more blah blah blah, no more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there!’

Some BBC viewers were also left uncomfortable by her pre-watershed response to Andrew Marr’s question on Insulate Britain protests.

In a pre-recorded segment, she said: ‘To make clear, as long as no-one gets hurt, then I think sometimes you need to anger some people.

‘Like, for instance, the school strike movement would never have become so big if there wasn’t friction, if some people didn’t get p***ed off.’

Reacting on Twitter, one person said: ‘Did Greta just say ‘p***ed off’ on the BBC several hours before the watershed? It’s not live, so not sure why the BBC didn’t edit it.’

Others supported the teenager’s use of expletives, with one saying: ‘Greta saying ‘p***ed off’ on the BBC – good on you girl – getting your point over.’

Greta poked fun at the backlash on Twitter today, writing: ‘I am pleased to announce that I’ve decided to go net-zero on swear words and bad language. In the event that I should say something inappropriate I pledge to compensate that by saying something nice. #COP26’.

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Net zero means achieving a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere, and the carbon removed from it.

Scientists have warned the world needs to reach the crucial goal by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5C, therefore avoiding catastrophic consequences.

One of Greta’s five million Twitter followers jokingly asked: ‘Would you commit to reaching net-zero bad language by 2050?’

She replied: ‘No, by 2052 with a 39,78% reduction by 2034’.

It comes after Boris Johnson attempted to channel his inner-Thunberg by telling COP26 attendees: ‘All the promises will be nothing but blah, blah, blah, to coin a phrase, unless we get real.’

Greta has mocked the prime minister’s climate change promises in the past dismissing them as ‘blah blah blah.’ 

She is due to speak tonight at a New York Times event titled ‘News Travels Fast – The Media’s Role in Covering Climate Change.’ 

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