Our house is on fire: Greta Thunberg sums up 2019
Echoing the cautionary words from her famous speech at the World Economic Forum earlier this year, Swedish Climate Change activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday jumped on the bandwagon to sum up 2019 in just five words, reminding the world once again of the fact that “our house is on fire.”
“Our house is on fire. #2019in5words,” Thunberg tweeted.
The 16-year old activist had risen to prominence with her speech at the World Economic Forum in January, which called on the world to “ act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
“Adults keep saying, ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act,” Thunberg had said.
The Swedish activist recently became the youngest person to be named Time Magazine’s person of the year. She was chosen from a shortlist that included US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; President Donald Trump; the Hong Kong protesters and the whistleblower who kickstarted the Trump impeachment inquiry. (ANI)
This is a question that can trigger spirited conversations, especially in the middle of a pandemic when both world leaders and tycoons have been blamed for not doing enough. Interestingly, this question was asked on Friday in a Twitter poll by the world's richest person, Elon Musk. Last year, the United Nations had told him that 2 per cent of his net worth - $6 billion - could solve the world's hunger problem.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned of dire consequences if officials don't move decisively to prevent the economy from sliding further, saying a contraction in the second quarter must be avoided. His comments to thousands of local officials at an emergency meeting Wednesday were more frank than the official readout published by state media. Li told attendees that economic growth risks slipping out of a reasonable range, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Joe Garcia, the husband of fourth-grade teacher Joe Garcia who was one of the victims of the shootout in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, reportedly died of a heart attack two days after her killing. Joe Garcia, 50, had dropped off flowers at his wife's memorial on Thursday morning, a report by the New York Times said.
As the United States still emerges from the shock after Tuesday's shooting at an elementary school in Texas' Uvalde city, one of the country's biggest gun lobbies - the National Rifle Association - has pressed ahead with preparations for its annual gathering starting on Friday in Houston, about 450 km away from Tuesday's crime scene. Former United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak during the annual gathering on Friday.
Underlining that it was “impossible to isolate” Moscow, Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned the West, stressing that “those who try would primarily hurt themselves”. His remarks come as the Ukraine war grinds into the fourth month with global food and fuel supply hit badly. A relentless Putin, however, is showing no signs of budging. Meanwhile, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the Kremlin of attempting a “genocide” in Donbas.