A 16-year-old girl has made to the headlines across the globe by condemning and calling out the world leaders for being irresponsible towards drastic climate changes that pose a serious danger to the upcoming generation.
Swedish teen girl Greta Thunberg is a young environmental activist, often considered the face of biggest protest in the history. She aims to seek strong climate action by world leaders to save the Earth.
On Monday, the visibly irked Greta lashed out at the world leaders during her address at the UN climate summit on Monday. She accused them of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and asking “How dare you?”
“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing, we are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and the fairy tale of endless economic growth. How dare you?” she asked.
“How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”
The eldest of two girls, Greta’s mother is Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman while her father is actor Svante Thunberg.
Greta first heard about climate change when she was eight, but couldn’t understand why so little was being done about it. When she was aged 11 she suffered severe depression and stopped talking which led to her being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism.
She entered the global spotlight in 2018 when she launched “Fridays for Future” campaign, encouraging students to skip school on every Friday to demand action on climate change from their governments. In fact, earlier this year on March 15, Thunberg led more than 1 million students around the world to walk out of their Friday classes to protest inaction on climate change.
In December, Thunberg made headlines by accusing a group of assembled leaders from nearly 200 countries of “behaving like children.”