Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, left, takes part during the Climate Strike, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in New York. Rallies calling for action on climate change are happening in cities around the world Friday ahead of a summit on the issue. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes
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NEW YORK (AP) - Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenager. She is a climate activist. She said she's overwhelmed. This is regarding the success of the climate protests. She is 16 years old. She sparked the global movement. She said she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change.

Thunberg spoke with The Associated Press. This was as the climate events were underway. 

DID YOU THINK YOU'D GET NUMBERS LIKE THIS WHEN YOU STARTED?

It's just such a victory. I would never have predicted or believed that this was going to happen someday. And so fast. Only in 15 months. I can't wait to see the official numbers come in. It will be magnificent.

I think if enough people get together and stand up for this then that can have a huge difference. To put pressure on the people in power. To actually hold them accountable. And to say you need to do something now.

WHAT'S YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE?

It's a bit worse than in other countries. The arguments for continuing to not do anything. The empty words and promises and lies are the same. Some countries are more extreme than others. But it's not much different.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE UPCOMING CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT?

We must hope. But we must also be prepared. In case nothing comes out of it. And then we need to continue. No matter what. Giving up cannot be an option. This is a great opportunity to do something. And they (leaders) should take that. Otherwise they should feel ashamed.

PEOPLE WHO DENY CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE ATTACKED YOU PERSONALLY. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?

It's sad. You just have to ignore them. They are just desperately trying to remove the focus. They take it from the climate crisis. They make it something about me as an individual. Rather than the crisis itself. When they do that, they don't have any arguments left.

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