“People are suffering. People are dying”: Greta Thunberg opens up the UN Climate Action Summit with passionate speech

"How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight."

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Greta Thunberg may be the face and voice of the youth climate movement but that doesn’t mean she’s enjoying it.

“I shouldn’t be standing here,” said Thunberg during her speech that opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday morning. “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

Thunberg raged at world leaders, accusing them of being obsessed with “money and fairytales of eternal economic growth,” while the world is at the beginning of a mass exctinction and “entire ecosystems are collapsing.”

“How dare you!” Thunberg remarked when asked what she thought of the climate strike movement she helped cultivate. “For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”

Thunberg attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit after days of mass walkouts and record-breaking protests around the world. Meanwhile, President Trump turned his back on the Climate Action Summit completely by instead hosting a religious freedom session nearby at the same time.

You can watch all of Greta’s speech above.

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