Through tears, Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg on Monday (September 23) said to world leaders: “How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. People are suffering. People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you. You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. 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. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.”
Thunberg spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit to demand urgent measures to stop environmental catastrophe.
Thunberg has galvanized young people around the world since she started protesting alone with a sign outside the Swedish parliament building in August 2018. Over the past year, young people in other communities have staged scattered strikes in solidarity with her Fridays for Future movement.
(Production: Roselle Chen)