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:
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.
The sun, another source of renewable energy, provides enough energy every hour to provide power for the whole world for an entire year.
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.
Global Climate Strike → Sep. 20–27
The use of renewable energy is not a new technique and some forms have been used for over 2,000 years.