'How dare you': Greta Thunberg's tearful speech to leaders at UN

'How dare you': Greta Thunberg's tearful speech to leaders at UN

'How dare you': Greta Thunberg's tearful speech to leaders at UN

Before world leaders made their promises in three-minute speeches, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave an emotional appeal in which she chided the leaders with the repeated phrase, "How dare you". He doesn't see climate action as pivotal a topic as young Greta does. For Monday's speech in NY, the Swedish activist shared the stage with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who praised the youth movement for raising awareness for climate action.

President Trump is skipping a daylong summit of world leaders who are meeting to address the effects of climate change.

He said: "We will strengthen solid and liquid waste management systems to attract more private sector investors".

"But there is a change in momentum. And change is coming, whether you like it or not". But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. My generation has a huge responsibility.

"For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear", she said.

Her comments come after the Swedish national joined protestors on Friday as many children skipped school to take to march in protest for action against climate change.

She said: "You come to us young people for hope - how dare you?"

Some 60 world leaders have convened for the climate summit aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris Agreement of 2015, at a time when mankind is releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than at any time in history. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, and covers humanitarian news, climate change, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and property rights.

She added: "Right now, right here is where we draw the line. And we're paddling for the planet to bring awareness to what's happening". Like in NY on Monday, her speech was met with a stunned silence, then an overwhelming applause. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People would act. 50% of my country was wiped out in one night.

United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, said Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

Meanwhile, charities, scientists, cities, young people and a growing number of businesses are calling for - and working towards - a greener and safer world.

While some countries have made progress, some of the biggest emitting countries remain far behind, even as wildfires, heat waves and record temperatures have provided glimpses of the devastation that could lie in store in a warmer world. But the world is continuing to invest in fossil fuels.

"You are defaulting on that contract, and we're here to collect", Villaseñor said.

She told the United Nations that even the strictest emission cuts being talked about only gives the world a 50 per cent chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsius from now, which is a global goal.

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