Barack Obama meets Greta Thunberg, calls her 'planet's greatest advocates'

Greta Thunberg arrived last week in Washington to urge action for climate. — File

Greta Thunberg arrived last week in Washington to urge action for climate. — File

And with youth activists from 115 countries planning to stage climate protests from September 20-27, these young leaders aren't about to let up the pressure.

Thunberg spent the day in Congress and on the steps of the Supreme Court, lending her star power to join U.S and youth activists who were drumming up attention and support ahead of a global climate strike on Friday.

"Please save your praise".

Democratic senator Ed Markey, chairman of the task force, called the growing number of young protesters the new X-factor in politics and said their passion could play a significant role in next year's USA presidential elections. Friday for Future strikes have caught on; varied actions have taken place in countries around the world. "Many of us can't even vote yet, and so this is kind of how we are making our voices heard".

The audience laughed. Supporters broke into applause.

Markey is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, which would shift the US economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

A conservative climate-change advocate at Wednesday's hearing, 21-year-old Benji Backer from Wisconsin, told lawmakers that young conservatives also favor climate change action, but through an approach focused on technology and allowing the continued use of fossil fuels. She departed from Plymouth, England on August 14, and docked in NY two weeks later. "How would that make you feel?" We don't want it.

She told the Senate climate task force in Washington DC to "save your praise". These globally-coordinated demonstrations are an outgrowth of the ever-expanding student-led climate strikes begun by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who is credited with mobilizing her peers and significantly raising awareness about the dangers of climate change.

"We will no longer be known as the kids fighting the apocalypse".

Greta initially sailed to the States, from the United Kingdom, on an emission-free racing yacht to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in NY that will be held on 21 September (Youth UN Climate Action Summit) and 23 September. Many Republicans - among them Donald Trump - are still openly skeptical of the science behind global warming.

While Greta is a hero for the cause of dealing with global warming our president is a total embarrassment as a leader. Castor said. "This generation is giving us a job to do".

"This movement is something that comes at a critical time", Markey said outside the Capitol building. The senator pointed to the 2020 presidential debates as evidence of what has changed.

On Wednesday, Trump launched he plans to revoke California's ability to articulate its possess extra stringent emissions requirements for vehicles - the most contemporary circulation in his administration's multipronged attack on the articulate's efforts to within the reduction of automobile emissions that may perhaps possibly sluggish the deployment of electrical and further efficient vehicles. This is in stark contrast to 2016. Or perhaps you are simply not mature enough to tell it like it is. "You are giving this extra level of energy to the political process that is absolutely changing the dynamics of politics in the United States".

"Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time, and an important priority for the entire Concordia community", Graham Carr, the university's interim president, said in a statement.

She demonstrated her refusal to fly and reduced her own carbon footprint last month when she arrived in the US via sailboat. The strike is in partnership with the Fridays For Future school strikes to get people from across the globe to walk out for the climate. The teenager has been a champion climate action and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in March.

On Tuesday, Ms Thunberg met Barack Obama.

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