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World leaders hear teen’s climate demands

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/24/19, 12:20 pm

A total of 69 countries pledged Monday to adopt stricter climate goals by the end of 2020, with 65 aiming to reach a net of zero emissions. The countries’ leaders gathered in New York for a United Nations summit on climate change after millions of student activists around the world skipped school on Friday to demand change. U.S. President Donald Trump attended the summit briefly before hosting a meeting on international religious freedom.

Do those promises satisfy the students? They don’t seem to. Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg, 16, and a group of activists filed a suit with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child against five countries—Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey—for failing to curb carbon emissions. Thunberg also gave an impassioned speech accusing world leaders of failing future generations, saying, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

Dig deeper: Read Julie Borg and Marvin Olasky’s report on how reports of drastic temperature spikes can be misleading.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • JACKIE PARFET
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 12:29 pm

    Gotta love students walking out protesting the climate who: are the most pervasive users of electronics ever, who demanded and have received air conditioning in the classrooms, who ride in cars to and from school and other events rather than walk or ride a bike... aaaaaand CO2 is .04% of earth's atmosphere... still. Climate may be changing, but there is pretty solid evidense it's not due to Man...

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 01:04 am

    I think we should be taking a hard look at the aspect of climate change “science” that so far has received very little attention.  And that is, what or who is really behind the curtains, pushing a good bit of the world into near hysteria.

    There is something more than science behind what many believe to be a gigantic global hoax. 

    Who is it that stands to gain, or profit, or benefit immensely from persuading/coercing us all to jump on this train and submit to all the upcoming restrictions and changes and costs?  

    Figuring that out could mean understanding a lot more about the whole ruckus. 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 03:59 am

    Where are these students getting this "information?"  And their rhetoric.  "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood..."  Really?  What happened to her because of carbon emissions that has been so traumatic?

    It is sad when we allow chidlren to have a spotlight to throw their modern-style temper tantrums.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 09/27/2019 03:37 am

    I guess I don't understand why a kid is teaching the UN about climate change.  While I appreciate this young woman's passion, I would think a scientist would be better equipped to present the data. 

    I personally think we should take reasonable steps to protect the environment, but it doesn't seem necessary to me to scare kids to death using only the most extreme data and computer models (rather than presenting the whole spectrum of data, models, and opinons) and then using that fear for political gain.  If anyone is stealing the childhood of these kids, it's the people using them and their fear for politics!  And I find that abhorrent and irresponsible. 

    You can teach kids to respect the environment and to care about the future without using fear to get them to push for promises of radical change that may be unattainable and unrealistic. (Did they really say that 65 countries are aiming for zero net emissions by the end of 2020?)  I don't know, but pressuring people to make promises they probably can't keep seems to me like empty words.  

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