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1. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood.” Greta Thunberg delivers a powerful speech at the United Nations.
Greta Thunberg has delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations headquarters telling the world leaders they have “stolen her dreams and her childhood”.
The speech came as more than 50 world leaders – with the exception of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Donald Trump – appeared at the Climate Action Summit in New York.
16-year-old Thunberg said young people would never forgive the world leaders if they failed to take action on climate change.
“Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
My full speech in United Nations General Assembly. #howdareyou https://t.co/eKZXDqTAcP
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 23, 2019
“This is all wrong,” she said. “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing.”
“You say you hear us, and that you understand the urgency… I do not want to believe that. “Because if you really understood the situation, and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.”
“We will not let you get away with this,” Thunberg continued. “Right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not ”
“If you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.”
Leaders who spoke at the climate summit included New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.