Greta Thunberg, the UN summit, and a gridlocked DC: Another day of dramatic climate action, in photos

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The global youth climate strike on Friday, September 20, drew millions to the streets in more than 150 countries to protest weak corporate and government action on climate change. On Monday, activists kept up the pressure by blocking intersections in Washington, DC, and demonstrating in New York as the United Nations met for the Climate Action Summit . UN Secretary General António Guterres called the summit to prod member countries to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions in line with the recommendations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Early reports suggest the commitments so far are mixed.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a dramatic speech at the summit, scolding heads of state in particularly harsh terms. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg said . “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about are your fairy tales of money and eternal economic growth.” Thunberg and President Donald Trump were also briefly in a room together at the UN, leading to this stunning scene:

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The sun, another source of renewable energy, provides enough energy every hour to provide power for the whole world for an entire year.

Also today: Thunberg joined a group of 15 young people from around the world suing five countries — Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey — for not taking enough action on climate change and violating their human rights. There was action elsewhere. In DC, protesters with Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter DMV, and other groups in Washington, DC, blocked off several intersections during the morning rush hour commute, disrupting traffic.

In all, it’s another dramatic day for the climate movement. More people than ever before see climate change as a threat . Meanwhile, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. It’s no surprise people are demanding action. Here are some scenes from today’s climate action and protest.

A man does a split in a traffic intersection while a crowd behind him holds a sign that reads “Stop Pipelines Now.”
President Trump in the audience at the UN Climate Summit.
President Trump is seen in the audience at the UN Climate Action Summit.
A woman holding a child at a climate protest also holds a sign that reads, “Just another shit-scared mother.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron sit with others around a meeting table at the UN Climate Summit.
French President Emmanuel Macron onstage at the UN Climate Summit holds up his fist.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel onstage speaking from the podium at the UN Climate Summit.
Climate protesters seeking to block traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC, hold up a puppet skull with hands that read “Oil kills.”
The General Assembly Hall during the UN Climate Action Summit showing a firefighter watching a blaze on the huge video screen.
The General Assembly Hall during the UN Climate Action Summit showing a man’s face on the huge video screen.
A climate change protester holds up a sign showing nuclear reactors and the word, “Resist.”
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaking onstage at the UN Climate Action Summit.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres speaking from behind the podium at the Climate Action Summit.
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi onstage during the UN Climate Action Summit.

The use of renewable energy is not a new technique and some forms have been used for over 2,000 years.

Climate protestors march down a street in Washington, DC, carrying a banner that reads, “Tell the truth.”
Climate activist Greta Thunberg scolding world leaders during the UN Climate Action Summit.
Activist Greta Thunberg and 13 other children from across the world present their official human rights complaint on the climate crisis at a press conference.
A boy holds a protest sign that reads, “We can do this!” beside a woman whose sign reads, “Love your mother” with a picture of the Earth.
The United Nations General Assembly Hall displays faces from around the world on its huge screens during the Climate Action Summit 2019.
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