The Environment Minister has sent a letter of welcome to environmental activist Greta Thunberg, thanking the activism and saying that Portugal is one of the European countries that suffers most from climate change.
"Welcome to Portugal, the first country in the world to commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050." Thus begins the letter, written in English, by João Pedro Matos Fernandes, which underlines that 54% of the country's electricity consumption already comes from renewable energy.
According to the minister, projects are underway to shut down the last two coal factories in the country, one in 2021 and one in 2023. And by 2030 it is intended to achieve a 50% reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions. , in a country where there is no "nuclear power plant".
On the other hand, "Portugal is one of the European countries that most suffers from the consequences of climate change. As a result of sea level rise in recent years, we have already lost 13 square kilometers of coastal area", says the official, in the letter. welcome to the activist, scheduled to arrive in Lisbon on Tuesday. "In the South, the drought is chronic and we will have to learn how to adapt our resources," he said, adding that Portugal has "a very ambitious strategy that strictly treats the problem as current rather than future." .
In the letter, sent to the Swedish girl last week, the Environment Minister also thanks her activism as she sensitizes "many people, from young people to older generations, to the greatest challenge of our times".
When Greta Thunberg leaves the catamaran on which she travels and sets foot on Portuguese soil, she will be welcomed by the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, and a press conference will be held on site. The young Swedish will also attend the UN climate change conference in Madrid.