Greta Thunberg at UN Youth Climate Summit: ‘We young people are unstoppable’

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2019

As part of the Youth Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters here, Thunberg, Argentina's Bruno Rodriguez, Kenya's Wanjuhi Njoroge, and Komal Karishma Kumar of the Fiji Islands, on Saturday asked that the world's leaders to give an account of what they plan to do about this scourge and warned they will continue protesting in the streets until something is done, reports Efe news. One of them was Taylor Saulsbury who said, "We are protesting and we are standing up for a future that we can not have is so scary and I'm terrified".

In the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, students shouted, "We are not sinking, we are fighting". Sea-level rise is also accelerating as is the process of acidification.

In Afghanistan, armed soldiers protected about 100 people marching through the streets of Kabul.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would join protesters in London, where pupils, parents and teachers are marching on Westminster.

She asked them to engage with young people in climate decision-making and take appropriate climate action.

Nearly 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications are pledging to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future, organisers said on Sunday.

Millions of people are set to take to the streets all over the world today in what could be the largest climate protest in history.

Two people hold a sign reading "Time 2 act like your house is on fire".

"There's a tension between the countries that want to go ahead to translate their goals into real policies" and those that do not, she said.

This protest was one of hundreds happening across the world.

More than one million students in New York City got permission to skip classes in order to protest.

Komal Kumar, representing Fiji, said that young people and families in frontline communities are "living in constant fear and climate anxiety".

Metal workers in Brazil joined the worldwide protests from factory floors. The activist, who traveled across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions sailboat instead of flying, urged leaders to read the document and learn for themselves of the severe impacts the temperature increase was already having on the Earth.

Thunberg, whose protests outside Sweden's parliament previous year sparked the global youth movement, spoke first but briefly, saying she wanted to give more time to others. Over the a year ago, the climate activist has been holding weekly demonstrations called "Fridays for Future".

He said climate change threatens the world's stability. But officials have also been careful to manage expectations and say Monday's summit is also a run-up event to the 2020 UN climate summit that the United Kingdom will host in Glasgow.

Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn't planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday's special "action summit".

"These bold companies are leading the way towards a positive tipping point where 1.5°C-aligned corporate strategies are the new normal for businesses and their supply chains around the world", said Lise Kingo, chief executive of the U.N. Global Compact, which promotes responsible business practices.

The weather agency said the last five years were the warmest five on record and even 0.2 degrees Celsius hotter than the first half of the decade, a significant jump in just a few years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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