Environment activist Greta Thunberg made a fiery appearance at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday where she broke down in tears while furiously scolding international delegates.
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 thundered in her speech at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York.
Thunberg was seen at the UN headquarters Monday morning with an enraged expression on her face as US President Donald Trump upstaged her entrance by walking in flanked by news reporters.
The UN summit convened to have nations make plans to confront global warming and rising fossil fuel emissions.
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.
Trump wasn’t originally scheduled to attend the summit as he’s hosting a session on religious persecution in the same building.
He upstaged Thunberg’s entrance into the UN building Monday morning. Video shows the moment Thunberg is seen in the main lobby of the UN Headquarters and is told to stand aside by a security guard as President Trump entered the main doors and walked into the lobby flanked by reporters and cameras.
Thunberg was visible in the background with a livid expression on her face.
The president stayed at the conference 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.
In the meeting Guterres pushed to end new coal plant construction by 2020.
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.