NY billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions "even with a climate change denier in the White House".
Greta Thunberg was given the title "for sounding the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the one house we have now ... for displaying us all what it would seem like when a brand new technology leads, Greta Thunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year" mentioned Time Journal's Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal.
The 16-year-old said: "If you don't take breaks, you won't be able to continue".
This photo provided by Time magazine shows Greta Thunberg, who has been named Time's youngest "person of the year" on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.
She's seen here at the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday.
She said that countries which had committed to reducing their emissions to zero by a certain date - such as the United Kingdom with its legally binding pledge for net-zero by 2050 - was impressive at first glance.
"The first thing you do, Day One, is you say we're going back in", he said.
To limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, there is a need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
"They have to step up to the plate and implement their commitments - and certainly, in this respect, the World Bank has been a leader", he said.
The climate talks in Madrid, meanwhile, entered uncharted waters on Wednesday with ministers trying to agree on rules for a global carbon market and possible ways to compensate vulnerable countries for disasters caused by global warming.
The 16-year-old began her climate action by camping out in front of Swedish Parliament in August 2018.
Thunberg's uncompromising stance has brought her into confrontation with some of the world's most powerful people.
Greta has taken her disarmingly straightforward message - "listen to the scientists" - to global decision-makers, accusing them of inaction.
Following him, Thunberg cited the same reports, insisting that national pledges to reduce emissions weren't enough.
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland who served as the United Nations climate envoy ahead of the Paris climate talks, said:"People would just sort of say, "Ah yeah, but that's not me.' Having children say 'We have no future" is far more effective".
Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate movement.
The magazine first selected a Person of the Year in 1927.
Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also lauded the choice, noting Thunberg's words that "change is coming, whether you like it or not".
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