Meet Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

The Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg joins other young people for a school strike or demonstration outside the United Nations in New York on 30 August 2019. UN Photo/Manuel Elias
The Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, joins other young people for a school strike or demonstration outside the United Nations in New York on 30 August 2019. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Two days after disembarking from her carbon-free yacht in New York, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg paid a visit to UN Headquarters on Friday (August 30), after joining participants of her global climate strike movement, Fridays for Future, at the Organization’s gates.

The 16-year-old and two other teens got a preview of the UN General Assembly Hall, where all 193 of the entity’s Member States gather every year to discuss a wide array of international issues, and where Ms. Thunberg is scheduled to speak during the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit next month (September 2019).

According to a UN report, the Swedish youth activist was greeted by General Assembly President, María Fernanda Espinosa, who tweeted: “Welcome, Greta Thunberg and climate activists to the UN in New York. Your determination for climate action has shaken the world and we join you in holding leaders accountable. “Science, not Silence” #ClimateActionNow.”

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Ms. Thunberg, who sailed from Europe to curb carbon emissions from air travel, will attend UN climate summits in New York in September, and in Santiago, Chile, in December.

Her 60-foot Malizia II racing yacht, equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines for electric power, docked in New York City on Wednesday (August 28), where she was welcomed by a flotilla of 17 sailboats, each representing one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The young environmental advocate has gained media attention since waging a “school strike” for climate action last August. At just 15, she stood alone outside of Swedish Parliament in demonstration, calling for drastic change. Since, other impassioned youth have followed her lead and skipped school for the cause.

“I would love not to have to do this and just go to school,” Ms. Thunberg told journalists upon arriving onto dry land, “but…I want to make a difference.”

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