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WorldTeenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump

20:25  13 september  2019
20:25  13 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg , who shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission The 16-year-old activist gained attention last year, when she started skipping school every Friday to demonstrate outside Sweden’s parliament.

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WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission to President Donald Trump’s doorstep on Friday with a protest outside the White House.

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump© NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a climate protest outside the White House in Washington on September 13, 2019. - Thunberg, 16, has spurred teenagers and students around the world to strike from school every Friday under the rallying cry "Fridays for future" to call on adults to act now to save the planet. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of mostly young people gathered across the street from the White House to meet her carrying signs reading "People or Profit?" and "Warming!," chanting "This is a crisis, act like it!" and "Business as usual is not enough."

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Jennifer Morash, a doctoral candidate in plant science, brought her daughter Adeline, 9, to the rally after getting permission from her school in Maryland. "I just want to make sure we all have a happy future and for people to take climate change seriously," Adeline said."

Many protesters laid down and kept still for 11 minutes for a "die in" representing 11 years they said that scientists believe the world has to make changes needed to stave off dangerous climate change.

The demonstration marked the first high-profile event of Thunberg's six-day visit to Washington, intended to pressure the Trump administration ahead of a United Nations climate summit, where world leaders will be asked to ramp up their-carbon cutting ambitions to fend off global warming.

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Greta Thunberg is the Swedish teenager who skipped school and inspired an international Her father Svante Thunberg , is an actor, and is a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who came When she arrived, millions of people around the world took part in a climate strike, underlining the

By Valerie Volcovici. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg , who shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission to U.S. President Donald Trump ’s doorstep on Friday with a protest outside the White House.

Trump is among a small minority of global leaders who has openly questioned the science of climate change. He has announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement – a global pact to stem the rise in global temperatures - and has a policy of maximizing American production of fossil fuels.

Thunberg has said she does not believe she can convince Trump or other climate change doubters that global warming is real, but hopes they will take briefings from “actual scientists and experts in this area.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-greta-boat/teenage-activist-greta-takes-climate-campaign-to-the-high-seas-idUSKCN1V41IP

The 16-year-old activist last year started skipping school every Friday to demonstrate outside Sweden's parliament and is bound for New York later this month, where she will take part in the U.N. climate summit.

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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a march and rally at the Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles, California, November 1, 2019. Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg walks to the stage before leading a climate change rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 8

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the rally ''Europe Climate Strike'' in Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron.

Prior to that, Thunberg will address Congress on climate change and later join Democratic lawmakers and plaintiffs in the Juliana v the United States case - in which a group of young people sued the government for failing to address climate change – at the Supreme Court.

Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year after the number of students taking part in the “Fridays for Future” school strikes broke 2 million across 135 countries https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climate-thunberg/how-greta-thunbergs-climate-strikes-became-a-global-movement-in-a-year-idUSKCN1VA001. She was named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine in May.

Conservative and far-right lawmakers in Europe have ridiculed Thunberg, mocking her as a “guru of the apocalypse” and a “Nobel prize of fear.” She was also described as a “deeply disturbed messiah” leading a “cult” in an opinion column by conservative Australian commentator Andrew Bolt.

Thunberg arrived in the United States last month on a racing yacht equipped with solar panels and underwater electricity turbines to ensure that it left no carbon footprint. She is taking a year off from school to travel around the Americas.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Dan Grebler and Bill Berkrot)

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