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Updated on: Sunday, June 21, 2020, 12:43 AM IST

Climate and coronavirus are both equally important: Climate activist Greta Thunberg

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Thunberg said: "People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things... We cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet"
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg  | PIC: AFP

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg | PIC: AFP

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg has said that the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Thunberg said: "People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things... We cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet".

She said the lockdown has given her time to relax and reflect away from the public gaze.

Thunberg shared with the BBC the text of a deeply personal programme she has made for Swedish Radio.

In the radio programme, which went online on Saturday morning, the young activist looks back on the year in which she became one of the world's most high-profile celebrities.

It was in the UN that she delivered her famous "how dare you" speech. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words", she told the world leaders gathered in the UN Assembly last

Thunberg told the BBC that she knew it was a "lifetime moment" and decided not to hold anything back.

The activist said that the only positive that could come out of the coronavirus pandemic would be if it changes how we deal with global crises: "It shows that in a crisis, you act, and you act with necessary force."

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Published on: Sunday, June 21, 2020, 07:00 AM IST
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