Teenage activist tells EU to panic about climate change
Greta Thunberg fought back tears as she warned about rapid species extinctions, soil erosion, deforestation and the pollution of oceans.
Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg says time is running out to halt climate change and she is urging European politicians “to panic”.
The 16-year-old told EU leaders: “I want you to act as if the house is on fire.”
She said that “if our house was falling apart you wouldn’t hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and environment”.
During a speech met with a standing ovation, Ms Thunberg fought back tears as she warned about rapid species extinctions, soil erosion, deforestation and the pollution of oceans.
@GretaThunberg addressing a packed room @Europarl_EN #Strasbourg telling politicians to #PANIC coz we’re facing mass #extinction She can’t understand why we’re discussing Brexit instead of co-operating to stop #ClimateChange Neither can I #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/pKBhYcWOGC— Julie Ward MEP (@julie4nw) April 16, 2019
In a reference to the international funding effort launched to rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, she urged MEPs and officials to use “cathedral thinking” to tackle climate change.