A 16-year-old has delivered a powerful speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist responsible for igniting a global protest on the subject, accused leaders of failing to act because they weren’t mature enough.
“You’re failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.
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“The eyes of all future generations are upon you, and if you chose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you,” she says.
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“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.” My full speech from UN General Assembly in print. Link in bio.
Around 60 world leaders were present at the Climate Action Summit, including Australia’s representative Marise Payne.
Australia wasn’t invited to speak, because of our support of fossil fuels.
US President Donald Trump made a brief appearance, though the US won’t be a formal part of the discussion, due to their backing out of the Paris climate accord.
Watch Greta’s full speech below.