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 teenage climate activist. She said she's overwhelmed by the success of Friday's climate protests. The 16-year-old 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 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. 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. 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.

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What impact do you think Greta, and other students could have by speaking out on climate change?
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COMMENTS (20)
  • ZinP-bad1
    10/21/2019 - 09:15 a.m.

    I think is stop bullying and bring people and she wants to change the world.

  • GiovaniM-bad
    10/21/2019 - 09:15 a.m.

    There grades will have a change.

  • LatoyaH-bad1
    10/21/2019 - 09:16 a.m.

    I think Greta and like the other people to stop being bullied and when they are grown they can come together and the one who were bullied

  • AhZeeM-bad
    10/21/2019 - 09:16 a.m.

    I think the students should have been speaking by how the climate started to change and how we are started to treat our climate.

  • SaMeN-bad
    10/21/2019 - 09:19 a.m.

    I think Greta, and the other students impact me and it could have by speaking on climate change because Greta change the world of the political situation in the the United States around climate change.

  • NashaiJ-bad1
    10/22/2019 - 02:24 p.m.

    Greta and other students could by speaking about how climate change affects a lot of things so if you speak out you give someone a chance to do right and fix what Need dot be done and make sure it will help us but not harm.

  • GiovaniM-bad
    10/24/2019 - 09:18 a.m.

    Because they were to do a green new deal.

  • 26ehprin
    11/12/2019 - 10:59 a.m.

    I agree with what Greta had said, to put pressure on the government and hold them accountable. I think the pressure on the government would be a lot more effective if kids protested over adults. Kids could explain what these people are doing to our home, and how the future generations would have much more change in the climate than what other adults had.

  • 26kadubo
    11/19/2019 - 10:35 a.m.

    I think Greta is brave for speaking up to the community. I also think that people should stop littering because in a few years we could have barely any ocean animals.

  • 26mlhans
    11/19/2019 - 10:35 a.m.

    I think that they could have impact because they are telling others about climate change. As more people learn more about climate change, I think they will help or support Greta and the other students. Also she inspires people to help out the environment. I think since she is quite smart then she could convince national leaders to take action.

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