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PoliticsGreta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate activist, tells Congress to listen to the scientists and take real action

22:40  18 september  2019
22:40  18 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump 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. © 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.

Greta Thunberg has had a busy week.

Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate activist, tells Congress to listen to the scientists and take real action© ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg looks on during a joint hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist appeared in front of Congress before a hearing on climate change, just days after she met with former President Barack Obama.

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Teen climate activist to urge climate action on Capitol Hill Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg will join other youth leaders to urge U.S. lawmakers to support “transformative climate action” during two days of meetings and speeches on Capitol Hill, starting on Tuesday. © Janerik HENRIKSSON 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has become a youthful figurehead for the Green movement in Europe The events are intended to drum up support ahead of a global “climate strike” on Friday in which students and workers around the world will walk out to demand more action to fight global warming, and to heap pressure on leaders attending a United Nations climate summit in New York later this

Thunberg, though, told Congress she didn't have any prepared remarks. Instead, she said she was attaching her testimony -- the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on global warming, which reported a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists," she said. "And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action."

Strong words from the teenager, but this isn't the first time she's spoken up to governments.

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Teen activist to lawmakers: Forget praise, work on climate Members of Congress are hailing Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg as a "superpower" for her work to spark a worldwide, youth-driven push to fight climate change. But Thunberg is not impressed. At a Senate forum Tuesday, the 16-year-old told lawmakers to "save your praise," saying she and other youth activists "don't want it," especially if officials intend talk about climate change "without doing anything about it." Thunberg and other activists swarmed the Capitol ahead of a global climate strike set for Friday.

Thunberg first made a name for herself while staging weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, which led to over 100 similar protests worldwide.

Thunberg is in the US to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, but she's had other things on her agenda, too -- including appearing on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in New York and receiving Amnesty International's top award in Washington for her activism.

But she didn't travel to the US by plane. To cut down on emissions, Thunberg spent two weeks sailing across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat.

That's dedication.

Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate activist, tells Congress to listen to the scientists and take real action© ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images Greta Thunberg spoke before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
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Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Sweden who delivered a much-watched speech at the United Nations on Monday, has been celebrated for her activism on climate change, including galvanizing the worldwide, youth-led protests of the last week. But she has also become a lightning rod, drawing attacks by television and social media commentators. Fox News apologized after a pundit, Michael Knowles, called her “a mentally ill Swedish child” on one of its programs on Monday. (Ms. Thunberg, who is 16, has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and has called it “a superpower.”) The network called the comment disgraceful, and a spokeswoman said Fox had no plans to invite Mr. Knowles back.

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