Climate Summit: Greta Thunberg Gives A Powerful Speech At The UN

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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg gave a powerful speech at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday, that was attended by major world leaders

Written By Nisha Qureshi | Mumbai | Updated On:

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations Headquarters on Monday. The 16-year-old activist addressed the crowd with a powerful speech and spoke about the need to focus on the environment. She also spoke about the dramatic increase in carbon emissions over the years.

"How dare you think that this can be sold as business as usual and some technical solutions. With today's emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone in less than eight and a half years. There will be no solutions or plans presented in lines with these figures here today. Because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is, " said Greta Thunberg.

'You are failing us' said the activist

"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal, the eyes of all the future generations are upon you and if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you, we will not let you get away with this, right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming. Whether you like it or not," she said at the summit that was attended by major world leaders.

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Many global climate activists, including Greta Thunberg, participated in the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit. The summit is hoping to encourage countries to reach the Paris Agreement goals and develop realistic plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

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PM Modi at the UN Climate Action Summit

Prime Minister Modi also spoke at the summit, he was among the first set of speakers at the Summit's opening ceremony, a highly significant gesture given that only those heads of state, government and ministers are invited to speak at the summit who have any positive development to announce on climate action. "We must accept that if we have to overcome such serious challenges, then what we are doing today is not enough. What we need is a global behavioural change. India is here today not just to talk about this serious issue but to present a roadmap," the Prime Minister said. He also said that  India would increase the share of non-fossil fuel energy. "By 2022, we will increase our renewable energy capacity to 175 GW and then take it further to 450 GW," he said. The Prime Minister's speech comes just a day after he addressed more than 50,000 Indian-Americans at the 'Howdy-Modi' event. He was also received by President Donald Trump along with a number of secretaries, senators and officials at the event on Sunday.

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