News | Published June 05 2019

Oil and gas industry announce they are “listening” to Greta Thunberg

A leading industry figure said that the UK offshore oil and gas sector “is listening” to teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Deidre Michie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, spoke at an industry conference in Aberdeen.

She described climate change as “a real and present danger that we must deal with together”. 

She said: “I would like to reassure Greta Thunberg – we are listening, because we want the world to be a better place too."

The comments come following Thunberg’s recent address to MPs. 

In the speech, Thunberg condemned the UK for supporting further “exploitation” of fossil fuels and exaggerating statistics regarding cuts to carbon emissions.

Michie did also stress that she believes the “industry’s global contribution has improved the lives of billions of people”.

Thunberg spoke of a need to change the system itself in order to solve the problem of climate change, with current solutions “impossible to find”. Michie highlighted that with the industry possessing “so many talented people…we can find and deliver the solutions needed”.

She said the sector was “already unlocking the energy transition with some operators extending their portfolios into other energies”.

She described Thunberg as an “impressive young woman we can all take inspiration from”.

Thunberg became known for her activism after starting an international youth movement against climate change.

The Swedish teenager started her “School Strike for Climate” protests last year, and has since inspired thousands of students worldwide to go on strike from school in response to the worsening climate change crisis.

Thunberg has since been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

In April, Thunberg attended the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London, delivering a speech, and going on to meet with key politicians in the environmental sector. 

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Alice Campbell
June 05 2019

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