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USObama meets with teen climate activist: 'She's unafraid to push for real action'

02:40  18 september  2019
02:40  18 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Teen climate activist to urge climate action on Capitol Hill

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

Teen activist Greta Thunberg has a jam-packed itinerary for her trip to the United States: Lead a global climate protest; appear on “The Daily Show”; learn how to fist-bump from a former president of the This Friday, the teen will lead a rally in New York ahead of a United Nations summit on climate action .

'With full knowledge that her generation will bear the heaviest burden of climate change, she ' s unafraid to believe that progress is possible - and fight for real change,' Obama wrote of Thunberg. Former president met 16-year-old Swedish climate activist in Washington on Tuesday.

Obama meets with teen climate activist: 'She's unafraid to push for real action'© The Obama Foundation

Former President Barack Obama on Monday met with Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as part of her visit to Washington, DC, to promote environmental issues.

"Just 16, @GretaThunberg is already one of our planet's greatest advocates," Obama tweeted after his meeting with Thunberg. "Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change, she's unafraid to push for real action."

Thunberg established herself as a bona fide climate action figure after staging weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, spawning a burgeoning movement of youth climate activists to hold their own protests in more than 100 cities worldwide.

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“Her age might have something to do with it. With full knowledge that her generation will bear the heaviest burden of climate change, she ’ s unafraid to believe that progress is possible—and fight for real change. She ’ s an example of why Michelle and I started the Obama Foundation — because we

Meet the teen suing Obama over climate change. "I wanna see concrete action and concrete promises from our country -- and commitments for action on climate change". Paris (CNN) Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh became a climate change activist at age 6 when he saw an environmental

She arrived in New York last month after sailing across the Atlantic to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which will take place on September 23. Thunberg traveled on a zero-emissions sailboat to reduce the environmental impact of her journey, according to a statement from her team.

Video of the meeting between Thunberg and Obama released by the Obama Foundation on Tuesday shows the former President asking Thunberg about recent climate strikes she participated in while she visited New York and Washington.

"Everyone is so nice and all of these young people seem so eager, very enthusiastic which is a very good thing," she said.

Before the two fist-bumped, Obama said to Thunberg: "You and me, we're a team."

While Obama championed addressing environmental issues while in office, President Donald Trump -- a longtime climate crisis denier -- has attempted to remove many of the policy guardrails installed by the Obama administration to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases.

NYC schools allow students to walkout for climate strike

NYC schools allow students to walkout for climate strike "We applaud our students when they raise their voices in a safe and respectful manner on issues that matter to them," the city's Department of Education said in a statement.

“[ Obama ] told us it was our job to push the envelope and it’ s his job to govern,” said Shadia Fayne I think our meeting [ with Obama ] shows their strategy isn’t working, and it’ s time for The new direction these young climate activists are charting is based not on leveraging inside access in Washington or

Mr. Obama also repeated an argument, lampooned by some Republicans, that the climate conference was a fitting response to the terrorist attacks that cost the On Monday morning, Mr. Obama met with Mr. Xi as China and other parts of Asia and the Indian subcontinent were experiencing high levels of

In 2017, Obama lamented Trump for withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, saying in a statement that the deal was intended to "protect the world we leave to our children."

Thunberg said in the Obama Foundation's video that creativity from young people is key.

"My message to young people who want to have an impact is to be creative," she said "There's so incredibly much you can do and to not underestimate yourself."

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