At UN, Greta Thunberg says no forgiveness for world leaders if they don't act on climate change deftly, slams them for talking only of economy

Act on climate change or we will never forgive you: Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg tells world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a powerful and emotionally-charged speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York Monday. Thunberg told member nations participating at the Summit that the young generation will "never forgive" them if they fail to act on climate change deftly.

"I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean," she started. Thunberg then went on to speak about how her dreams and childhood have been stolen due to the empty words of world leaders on climate change.

"Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" she said, displeased with the efforts of world powers in combating climate change.

 At UN, Greta Thunberg says no forgiveness for world leaders if they dont act on climate change deftly, slams them for talking only of economy

'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg challenges world leaders, with an impassioned plea for climate action at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019. AP

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World leaders have agreed to cut down emissions by half in the next 10 years, but Thunberg has said that it will give us only a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees celsius.

"Maybe 50 percent is acceptable to you. But those numbers don’t include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of justice and equity. They also rely on my and my children’s generation sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences," she said.

Greta also said in her speech that the numbers surrounding the amount of permissible carbon emissions are too uncomfortable for world leaders and that they are are "still 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. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line," said Greta, concluding here speech.

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Updated Date: Sep 24, 2019 13:13:16 IST