KATOWICE, Poland – Young people participated on Friday in a global Climate Strike rallied by a 15-year-old Swedish girl who has shot to fame with a weekly school strike demanding Sweden take bold climate action.
Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish climate activist, has become an unlikely hero for the fight to save the planet from climate change and led young people across the globe on a climate strike Friday on the sidelines of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) – an international summit in Poland to discuss the future of the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Thunberg spoke at the COP24 summit Wednesday launching scathing remarks to world leaders and organizations for their failure to harness and implement clear and definite strategies to tackle climate change.
“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children,” Thunberg said. “But I don’t care about being popular, I care about climate justice and the living planet”
“The year 2078 I will celebrate my 75th birthday if I have children maybe they will spend that day with me,” Thunberg continued. “Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.”
“It is the sufferings of the many which pays for the luxuries of the few,” the young Swede said defiantly.
The COP24 was on its last day after running for two weeks with delegates representing some 197 countries.
The summit has seen many an impassioned speech but has so far failed to deliver on many aspects including finalizing the document, a set of climate action policies, that would see the Paris accord implemented in practice, and commitments to reduce carbon emission worldwide.