Greta Thunberg: 'The People in Power Refuse to Listen... We Will Make Them Hear Us' - 2019-09-20
The millions of young people who skipped school on Friday to protest the failure of world leaders to fix the climate emergency had a message for politicians like Justin Trudeau — prove that you actually care about an entire generation's future or else suffer the consequences.
"What's the point in educating ourselves and learning the facts when the people in power refuse to listen, to be educated, and pay attention to the facts," I heard Greta Thunberg tell a crowd in New York's Battery Park that organizers of the Global Climate Strikes at one point estimated at 250,000 people. "Everywhere I have been the situation is more or less the same, the people in power who write beautiful words are the same, the number of politicians and celebrities who want to take selfies are the same, and the promises are the same and the lies are the same."
Thunberg earlier this month travelled to New York on a zero-emissions boat. Several days earlier she told U.S. congressmembers that "this is the time to wake-up." The 16-year-old climate change icon from Sweden said the leaders gathering next Monday for a UN emergency meeting on climate change ignore young people at their peril.