Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes
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.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/q-climate-activist-greta-thunberg-global-strikes/

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COMMENTS (16)
  • MarleyM-
    10/21/2019 - 02:28 p.m.

    This is a summary of the article "Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes." Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old girl from Sweden who is a climate activist. The Associated Press interviewed her about her activism. She feels it's a victory to have so many people support her. "Giving up cannot be an option," she states. This proves that she thinks that it's a victory. Overall this was a summary of the article "Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes."

  • CharlotteM-E2
    11/13/2019 - 05:59 p.m.

    I think that Greta is doing the right thing, and leaving her country is a hard thing to do. And speaking to the president and trying to stop climate change I think that’s the right thing to do. She is brave to speak up to people and give a speech to thousands of people.

  • ASHWIKAS-cha
    1/13/2020 - 01:49 p.m.

    I think Greta is doing the right thing because she is changing earth and speaking by her self to lots of people and it wouldent be the same without her

  • JIAS-cha
    1/13/2020 - 02:00 p.m.

    The bad will always have an end.But we still need to cross our fingers and have hope.I will try my best by just ignoring those who deny climate change and me.

  • GABRIELLEL-cha
    1/13/2020 - 02:04 p.m.

    GABRIELLEL-cha

    I think that Greta is doing the right thing. Leaving her home must be a very hard. I agree, everyone should be against climate change.

  • ALLISONM-cha
    1/13/2020 - 02:08 p.m.

    I think that Greta is doing the right thing. She thinks that if enough people work togother we can make this right.

  • MAKSIMP-cha
    1/14/2020 - 12:44 p.m.

    Greta wants bad to end. Greta is a brave girl that wants climate change to help the world a better place for us to live.

  • JIAS-cha
    1/14/2020 - 01:08 p.m.

    I will stand in front of the Americans who don't recognize and deny climate change.I will still cross my fingers and have hope.Greta is a very good person for climate change and I will always stay on Greta's side.

  • ZOEH-cha1
    1/14/2020 - 01:08 p.m.

    Even though the president of United States of America refused to agree to Greta's plan and even though we are young does not mean we can not help Greta,even though she thinks we can not do what she asked we can still make a difference to the world.She still has hope from the United States of America.

  • ALLISONM-cha
    1/14/2020 - 01:16 p.m.

    I know that even though we are young we can help Greta stop climate change and find a way to provent it from happening.

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