Teen climate activist tells United Nations leaders 'we will never forgive you'

Tuesday, 24 Sep, 2019

Greta Thunberg who spoke briefly at the opening session said the day prior to the youth summit, millions of people marched around the world demanding real climate action, especially young people. "It is your generation that must hold us accountable to make sure we don't betray the future of humankind". "This is all wrong". Yet you all come to us young people for hope.

Trump faced criticism from Democrats and climate activists for scheduling an appearance at a religious freedom event scheduled for the same time as the climate summit. On Monday, while other world leaders will be meeting at the formal kick-off for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the president will instead be addressing a meeting on the persecution of religious minorities and efforts the administration is taking to support religious freedom.

In India we are going to increase the share of non-fossil fuels. "And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature, because nature always strikes back, and around the world nature is striking back with fury". "There is a cost to everything".

World leaders have agreed to cut down emissions by half in the next 10 years, but Thunberg has said that it will give us only a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees celsius.

"This is all wrong", she told a United Nations climate meeting in NY on Monday.

A 16-year-old activist from Sweden gave an emotional speech at the United Nations climate summit Monday. "The world is waking up, change is coming, whether you like it or not". But he did, later, after Thunberg had concluded her remarks.

African nations have for years called for more money from rich countries to help them combat global warming and integrate climate risks into their long-term economic planning - and that plea will be heard in NY again this week.

Before Thunberg set sail for the U.S.in mid-August, she made it clear that she had no plans to speak with Trump during her stay. He once said that global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese.

The agreement will enter a crucial implementation phase next year after another round of negotiations in Chile in December.

The petition names five countries - Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey - which they say have failed to uphold their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a 30-year-old human rights treaty which is the most widely ratified in history.

China, the world's biggest carbon emitter by far but also a leader in the renewables sector, will be present and represented by foreign minister Wang Yi, with Guterres hinting last week that the East Asian giant will be committing to new measures.

The United Nations is kicking off an all-day session to prevent a warming world from reaching even more risky levels.

Pope Francis, in a message broadcast to the conference, called for honesty, responsibility and courage to face "one of the most serious and worrying phenomena of our time".