Turning spotlight on the extinction of humankind in the near future, the 16-year-old environment activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg questioned the world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday.
“You have stolen my dreams, my childhood, with your empty words,” Thunberg, Thunberg said. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about are your fairy tales of money and eternal economic growth.”
The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to push countries to go beyond their tepid climate change goals and do more to limit global warming.
Before the packed room of presidents, prime ministers, governors, and mayors, Thunberg sobbed during her speech every now and then. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be in school on the other side of the ocean,” she said. “How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions?
“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 fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”