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) — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she's overwhelmed by the success of Friday's climate protests, but, the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement also said she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change.

Thunberg spoke with The Associated Press as the climate events were underway. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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 and the arguments for continuing to not do anything and 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 for that nothing comes out of it, and then we need to continue no matter what - giving up cannot be an option. Indeed, 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 because they are just desperately trying to remove the focus from the climate crisis to 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/teen/q-climate-activist-greta-thunberg-global-strikes/

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COMMENTS (5)
  • DavisV-lam
    11/07/2019 - 12:02 p.m.

    I believe that it is important for people of our generation- whether that be Greta or any other person- to speak up about real-world issues such as climate change. In the end, we are the ones who will grow up and bear the responsibility of all of this, so it is necessary that we take action now.

  • Jesus C-shr
    4/21/2020 - 12:42 p.m.

    This is very interesting. I did not know that a 16 year old girl would be able to help do a change in climate change.

  • Jettap-pla
    2/04/2021 - 02:55 p.m.

    Greta Thunberg,a 16-year-old climate activist,talks out about the United States response to climate change. Overwhelmed by the quick response she received, Thunberg hopes that world begins to do something to revive the health of our planet. However, she is disappointed in the response she received from the United States, saying she was "underwhelmed". Thunberg believes that if enough people can come together, we can make a difference in our world's climate. This connects to not only myself, but the world. As a young teen with a passion for saving the earth, I connect with what Thunberg preaches in this article. I believe that every citizen has the responsibility to protect their home, planet earth, and must begin to make an active decision to do so.

  • Willl-pla
    2/04/2021 - 02:58 p.m.

    This article is a Q&A session with the 16-year-old-climate activist Greta Thunberg. It offers an interesting point of view of someone who has protested and dealt with politicians internationally. Thunberg is clearly no stranger to civic engagement and has been exercising her first amendment right thoroughly. Despite her age, something that often discourages young people with beliefs, she is standing up for what she believes in. She has caused energetic reception without use of untrue or twisted facts in order to convince the masses of her righteous message and has proven she won't stand for any politicians who try to weasel their way out of confrontation with her. She has the ethics and tenacity of a good civic participant.

  • Emmar-pla
    2/10/2021 - 10:59 a.m.

    Greta Thunberg, a climate activist from Sweden, answered some critical questions on American climate activism. The 16-year-old was highly critical of the lack of response by the US government, but she remains hopeful for change. She has received a lot of backlash for her public opinions, yet she continues to fight for what she believes in. Connecting her story to civic engagement, Greta is very passionate about climate issues and has talked to many government officials about the issues she sees. Not many people get the same platforms that she does, but voting for candidates that support the things you are passionate about is something that everyone can do to be engaged.

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