NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2019 (AFP) – Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired global climate demonstrations on Friday, expressed her hope that society has reached a "turning point". , in an interview with AFP.
Although there is no official data on the number of participants in these events, Thunberg is happy to be "millions".
"The numbers are amazing, when you look at the pictures, it's hard to believe," the 16-year-old activist said during an interview in New York City, before participating in the big mobilization that began at noon.
"I hope it will be a turning point for society, showing how many people are involved, how many are pushing leaders, especially before the UN climate summit," which will take place next Monday in New York, which Thunberg will attend.
"This is not just for me," said the Swedish activist, who encouraged teens and students around the world not to go to school every Friday under the "Friday for the Future" protest motto.
On the other hand, Thunberg said that while some heads of state "seem more determined than others" to fight climate change, "it seems that no one is willing to tell the truth, to really say things the way they are."
"I don't blame them," "it's nobody's fault, it's the system's fault," he said. "But they still have a lot of responsibilities, a lot of power, so I try to put pressure on them."
– "Taking Responsibility" – The young woman has become a symbol of climate action since she started skipping classes on Fridays to stand in front of the Swedish Parliament in August 2018, urging authorities to reduce carbon emissions. and control global warming.
"They need to take responsibility and do that, and that's what we are going to try to drive. Now we show what we can do, now they need to demonstrate what they can do," he said.
Last month, Thunberg arrived in New York aboard a sustainable sailboat after refusing to fly due to carbon emissions from aircraft. The journey from Europe to the United States across the Atlantic Ocean lasted 15 days.
Since landing in the United States in late August, Thunberg has said he does not want to meet with Republican President Donald Trump, a climate change skeptic who will not attend the UN summit and whose government has repealed several regulations aimed at limiting emissions of greenhouse gases. pollutants in the country, as well as abandoning the Paris Agreement.
But when asked if he would accept an invitation to meet with the US president, Thunberg replied "I don't know" after a brief hesitation. "It wouldn't be a priority for me."
"I don't see why I would like to meet a teenager, a climate activist … when she doesn't hear science," Trump replied.
Although it has become a source of inspiration for millions of people, Greta Thunberg also receives increasing criticism. Some believe that the girl attracts a lot of attention to herself or that she simply doesn't have enough experience to become a spokesperson for the weather.
"They can criticize me if they want to, but I really don't see the interest, there is so much to do besides criticize someone. But I also see this as a positive sign that we really have an impact and that's why they feel the need to belittle ".
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