Climate activist Thunberg joins hundreds of teens at UN protest

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Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other teenagers protesting outside the United Nations Friday in her first ...

NEW YORK: Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other teenagers protesting outside the United Nations Friday in her first demonstration on US soil since arriving by zero-carbon yacht.

"When we knew Greta would be here, we knew we could not miss it. She is our inspiration," said 17-year-old Atara Saunders, who travelled to New York from the Philadelphia area.Thunberg, 16, has spurred teenagers and students around the world to gather every Friday under the rallying cry"Fridays for future" to call on adults to act now to save the planet.

"Stop denying the earth is dying," and"We vote next," chanted the several hundred demonstrators, who included a few children as young six, outside the UN headquarters."I knew there would be celebrities like Greta here. I think it's a really good idea. You have to change something," said 13-year-old New Yorker Gabriel Kunin.Thunberg attended the protest briefly before heading into the UN. It was not immediately clear who she was going to meet.

Thunberg has become a symbol for climate action since she began sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 calling for politicians to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.Thunberg will attend a UN summit on zero emissions on Sep 23 but refused to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.

She sailed into New York on Wednesday after a 15-day journey across the Atlantic on an emissions-free boat.

 

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