These are some of the things Greta Thunberg learned on her American tour.
New York smells. People talk loudly here, use air conditioning, and discuss whether or not they believe in climate change, while in her country, Sweden, they accept it as fact.
In addition, US lawmakers would do well to read the latest science about the threats posed by climate change.
That's what Thunberg, 16, told members of a Congressional Subcommittee on Wednesday, when she was asked to submit her testimony for registration. She presented a report issued last October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spelling out the threats of rising global temperatures. "I don't want you to hear me," she said. "I want you to listen to the scientists."
His comments only lasted a minute. "And then I want you to take real action."
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With her usually brusque and often snappy remarks, she offered the Americans a kind of insightful and varnished outlook. And she used the huge attention she received in this country to get the attention of her fellow Americans, the young activists who organized themselves for climate action in their communities without the spotlight she received.
"She has been very selfless about that," said Xiuhtezcatl Martínez, 19, one of 21 plaintiffs in a children's historical lawsuit against the US government. "I'm impressed with that."
Martinez joined her at several of her public appearances in New York and Washington, including at an Amnesty International awards ceremony this week, where Thunberg insisted on being onstage with his colleagues, not alone. "A big part of your messages is & # 39; this is not for me & # 39;" said Martínez.
On Wednesday afternoon, Thunberg joined fellow activists when they met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She didn't mean much, recalled Vic Barrett, 20, of White Plains, New York, who is also a plaintiff in the children's climate process. "She felt it was an opportunity for US youth," said Barrett. "She's been very clear that she doesn't feel all the attention needs to be on her."
She remembered the smell. "It was indescribable," she said, prompting laughter from the audience, also in New York City.
On Tuesday, talking to members of a Senate task force, she spoke directly to lawmakers who praised climate activists like her for their courage. “Please save us your compliments. We don't want that, "she said." Don't invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are to do anything about it. "
Jamie Margolin, 17, a Seattle activist invited to the same meeting, was glad to have called them.
"She makes very direct observations," said Margolin. "If I had done that, people would think I was an authorized brat."
"She comes with an outside perspective," added Margolin.
Thunberg explained his outrage in this way in a CBS interview "Good Morning": "We can't focus on what we can and can say now," she said. "We need to talk clearly about what is happening."
She said she wants global youth protests planned for Friday to be a "social turning point."
Her seriousness arises occasionally, as when she talks to her colleagues. She often says that she could not imagine that the school strikes, which she helped inspire, would take off in many countries. And she often speaks publicly about being "grateful."
"You will constantly feel that you are not doing enough" she said last week. "It's a very dangerous feeling to feel, especially when you're really doing everything you can."
"They are doing the impossible," she said of her colleagues. "I am forever grateful for them."