He didn’t cite Thunberg directly after using the turn of phrase, but she previously used the remark to make a jab at the inaction of world leaders when it comes to climate change.
Speaking at a youth climate conference in Italy in September, the 18-year-old environmental activist said: “Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah.
“This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but so far have not led to action.”
She remarked that we have had “30 years of blah, blah, blah”, and she posed the question “where has that led us?”
The Swedish activist again used the phrase yesterday as she slammed politicians for “pretending to take our future seriously”.
She said: “We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet.
“No more exploitation, no more blah blah blah. No more whatever the f*** they’re doing inside there.
“We are sick and tired of it and we’re going to make the change, whether they like it or not.”
She later sang, in a Scottish accent, that “you can shove your climate crisis up your a***.”
The conference is one of the most important climate events since the 2015 Paris Agreement as world leaders come together to discuss how to tackle the climate emergency.
The key goals of COP26 are to secure global net zero by 2050, keep 1.5 degrees within reach, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilise finance, and work together to deliver on climate promises.
To deliver on 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with the 2050 net zero goal, countries will need to come forward with plans that will involve phasing out coal, curtailing deforestation, speed up the switch to electric vehicles, and encourage investment in renewables.