"It is your generation that must hold us accountable to make sure we don't betray the future of humankind".
Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered at the United Nations on Monday to try to inject fresh momentum into stalling efforts to curb carbon emissions.
African nations have for years called for more money from rich countries to help them combat global warming and integrate climate risks into their long-term economic planning - and that plea will be heard in NY again this week. Under the pact, the countries pledged to ratchet up their climate action plans every five years. We have not seen global emissions drop dramatically - they dropped for a couple of years but crept back up.
In his opening remarks, he tried to capture the urgency of climate change and called out the fossil fuel industry.
The Swedish teen, who has become the global face of the growing youth movement against climate inaction, began by telling her audience: "My message is that we'll be watching you", eliciting laughter. Trump sat with pursed lips and listened to speeches by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Business Insider.
Trump has nixed dozens of Obama administration environmental regulations, calling them deadly to the economy, much to the outrage of climate activists.
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The climate warning read: "We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to be changed". "So what we intend to do is to leverage that ability to work across the board and to bring to the table a group of countries who are ready to address issues of infrastructure".
But Thunberg did more than just give a look.
"I was very struck by the emotion in the room when some of the young people spoke earlier", French President Emmanuel Macron told the U.N. Climate Action Summit.
Or, as someone said at Friday's rally on the Capitol steps: The world will go on, but we will not be able to live on it. Predicting that none of the speeches from world leaders today would wrestle with those imposing numbers, Thunberg declared that world leaders are "still not mature enough to tell it like it is".
"Today, that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons", Thunberg said, adding that at current emission rates, the carbon budget laid out by the IPCC "will be entirely gone in less than eight and a half years". "How do we get this into the negotiations is the question", he said.
While presidents and premiers talked about what they hoped to do inside their own borders, French President Emmanuel Macron reminded them they must include climate change in their trade and finance policies so they don't import goods that increase carbon pollution, or fund polluting plants in other countries.