Teenage activist Greta Thunberg condemned global leaders at a UN climate change summit Monday for failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions – repeatedly asking, “How dare you?”
“This is all wrong. I shouldnt be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” said the visibly emotional 16-year-old Swedish girl, who recently sailed across the Atlantic aboard a zero-carbon sailboat.
“Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she added.
Thunberg told the UN that even the strictest emission cuts being discussed only gives the world a 50 percent chance of limiting future warming to 0.72 degrees Fahrenheit from now, which is a global goal.
“We will not let you get away with this,” she thundered in an impassioned speech opening the UNs Climate Action Summit. “Right now is where we draw the line.”
She continued: “People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystem are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?
“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here and say youre doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that, because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.”
Thunberg ended her remarks with a warning.
“Youre failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you.”
The young activist has become the global face of a growing youth movement against climate inaction that mobilized millions in a worldwide strike on Friday.
UN chief António Guterres called the summit to reinvigorate the faltering Paris agreement, which 66 nations have responded to with promises to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
It comes as more emissions are being released into the atmosphere than at any point in history, triggering global weather hazards from heat waves to powerful hurricanes to destructiRead More – Source