NEW YORK — This is so wrong… I should not be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.
These were the words of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg during the opening of the 74 United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.
Dressed in a pink long blouse, the agitated Swedish activist believes she should not be addressing the assembly over the climate change crisis.
“…..You all come to us young people for hope, how dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words yet I am one of the lucky ones,” she retorted.
In a video that has gone viral, a teary Thunberg hit back at the assembly saying for over 30 years science about climate change has been crystal clear yet everyone has turned their backs away.
Thunberg, 16, said people are suffering and dying as a result of climate change and yet nothing much was taking place.
Also, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young activists on Monday filed a complaint at the UN against five countries for not doing enough to ward off global warming.
The complaint accused Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey of failing to uphold their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed 30 years ago.
The complaint, filed by the 16-year-old Swedish activist and 15 other petitioners from 12 different countries and aged between eight and 17, accused the five countries of violating children’s rights by failing to take adequate and timely action against climate change.