You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. This has been corrected. For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC. Donald Trump did visit the UN on Monday but only briefly dipped into the climate summit to see Modi’s speech before attending a meeting which he had called on religious freedom. People are dying. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe. Greta Thunberg to world leaders: 'How dare you – you have stolen my dreams and my childhood' - video, Greta Thunberg stares down Trump as he arrives for UN climate summit – video, Greta Thunberg: the speeches that helped spark a climate movement – video, If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them | Greta Thunberg, who fixed the president with a hard stare, 'Save us, save the world': Pacific climate warriors taking the fight to the UN, Thunberg, 16, says governments have betrayed young people, ‘You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. The eyes of all future generations are upon you and if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. There’s a feeling that the big emitters are holding things back.”. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com. "I shouldn't be up here. In an emotional speech at the United Nations during the Climate Action Summit on Monday, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg appealed to world leaders about the grave need to stop the effects of climate change. How dare you! Representatives of participating nations were told by U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to come up with “concrete, realistic plans” to further their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and get to net zero emissions by 2050. You are failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The world is waking up and change is coming, whether you like it or not. Thunberg cited more than 30 years of scientific evidence showing the consequences of a perpetually warming globe and delivered searing criticism of politicians who were aware of the science, but still did nothing. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that,” she said. “Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe.”, Thunberg spoke at the UN following her appearance at the Global Climate Strike in New York City on Friday where she addressed the crowd of protestors, saying, “Our house is on fire. Entire ecosystems are collapsing.”, Thunberg grew tearful, as she continued to condemn what she sees as the lack of action on part of leaders around the world to halt climate change. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, called for the European Union to deepen its emissions cuts and said that France would not make trade deals with countries not signed up tor the landmark Paris climate agreement. The summit was designed to accelerate countries’ ambition to address the climate crisis amid increasingly urgent warnings by scientists. We are seeing governments showing up empty-handed. “Falling short will represent the greatest failure humanity has ever seen. The 2019 Climate Action Summit kicked off at the UN on Monday, where world leaders gathered to discuss serious strategies to mitigate climate change. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. A visibly emotional Thunberg, 16, said in stern remarks at the opening of the summit that the generations that have polluted the most have burdened … But it became apparent that most of the ambition was coming from developing countries, rather than the major polluters. People are suffering. Days after millions of young people joined protests worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered for the annual United Nations general assembly aiming to inject fresh momentum into efforts to curb carbon emissions. “We cannot allow our youth to strike every Friday without action,” Macron said, in reference to Friday’s global climate strikes.

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