Environment activist Greta Thunberg broke down in tears while speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday, where she furiously thundered at international leaders for stealing her generation’s future.
‘I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ the 16-year-old Swedish activist reprimanded at the Climate Action Summit 2019 on Monday in New York.
Thunberg was seen entering the UN conference Monday morning with an enraged expression, walking just behind US President Donald Trump, who wasn’t originally slated to attend the summit.
The UN summit convened to have nations to address and make plans to confront global warming and rising fossil fuels emissions.
Environment activist Greta Thunberg furiously choked on tears while speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday, where she thundered against leaders for stealing her generation’s future
The 16-year-old called out the leaders gathered there saying: ‘I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school. You have stolen my dreams and childhood’
Monday’s UN Summit sought to get nations to agree to a plan of action to curb the rising number of global emissions that contribute to global warming. Thunberg pictured right on stage with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (far left)
Thunberg was seen entering the UN conference Monday morning with an angry expression, walking just behind US President Donald Trump, who wasn’t originally slated to attend the summit
Thunberg could hardly contain her anger as she walked into the summit behind Trump. The U.S. is not participating in the summit that seeks international action against global warming
‘There will not be any solution or plans in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you’re not mature enough to tell it like it is,’ Thunberg, who is usually not as emotional in her speeches, said.
‘You are failing us. 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,’ she added on the brink of tears.
‘Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming whether you like it or not,’ she said to uproarious applause.
Thunberg held nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit.
‘You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?’ she roared.
‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,’ she said.
‘You’re not mature enough to tell it like it is,’ Thunberg, who is usually not as emotional in her speeches, said as she rebuked international leaders
Thunberg spoke at the Climate action Summit at the United Nations on Monday
Thunberg held nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit saying: You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?’
Trump pictured at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday where he remained for just 15 minutes and did not make any remarks
Trump wasn’t originally scheduled to attend the summit he’s hosting a session on religious persecution in the same building. The president stayed for just 15 minutes.
The Summit, entitled ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win’ and convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seeks to mobilize political and economic energy to advance climate action.
Areas of discussion included energy transition, climate finance, carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action and resilience.
While the United States will not be participating, China, France, Germany, India and Russia and about 70 other countries are expected to make announcements concerning climate change at the Monday summit.
Guterres praised young people like Thunberg for demanding change.
‘My generation has failed in its responsibility to protect our planet. That must change. The climate crisis is caused by us, and the solutions must come from us,’ he said.
On Saturday Thunberg spoke at the Youth Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York
Thunberg has been making waves in New york this week. Pictured above on Friday speaking during the Global Climate Strike demonstration in New York where protesters took to the streets, parks, and plazas around the world demanding more aggressive steps against global warming
A UN science report released Sunday revealed that emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere are continuing to surge and G-20 nations are responsible for 80 percent of those emissions, and they’re still failing to meet their low targets to reduce climate impact.
The UN estimates there needs to be between a three-fold and five-fold increase in efforts to cut greenhouse gases, to prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
The summit came on the heels of a global Youth Climate Strike on Friday where millions of people around the world protested in streets, parks and plazas to demand faster action to address climate change.
On Saturday Thunberg appeared at the Youth Climate Action Summit where young leaders from around the world convened to showcase climate solutions.
Thunberg had traveled to the US by yacht to avoid flying.
Greta Thunberg’s fiery speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales 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 saying that you are 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 don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that.
The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5C degrees, and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
Maybe 50% is acceptable to you. But those numbers don’t include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of justice and equity. They also rely on my and my children’s generation sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences.
To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5C global temperature rise – the best odds given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world had 420 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide left to emit back on 1 January 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatonnes. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with business-as-usual and some technical solutions. With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone in less than eight and a half years.
There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures today. Because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.
You are 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. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.