The climate crisis throughout the world that has resulted in hotter temperatures, stronger storms, rising sea levels, and an imbalance in the natural phenomenon of the ecosystem are all result of human activities. With each passing day, the issue in hand is becoming severe, endangering the lives of both humans and animals.
The awakening calls of taking a stance against climate change that was first started by the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg in 2018 gained notoriety throughout the world. While demonstrating outside the Swedish parliament, the environmental activist highlighted the risks posed by climate change, demanding stronger actions from the government.
Following Thunberg’s move, many students around the world began walking out of their schools, supporting the greater cause. Thunberg even addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, becoming a rising voice for the future generation in the present.
While representing the climate crisis at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit that took place in New York on Monday, activist Greta Thunberg scolded the international leaders for failing to address the causes and adverse impacts of climate change.
“People are suffering. People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” Thunberg said.
“How dare you! For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight,” she added.
In the wake of the climate crisis, Thunberg’s move has been appreciated by many leaders, who have been supporting the entire phenomenon of cutting down the use of fossils while shifting to renewable forms of energy like wind and solar. Since it has become a subject of high importance, many Democratic hopefuls, including Cory Booker, announced plans to combat the climate crisis, if elected as the President ahead in the 2020 elections.
While criticizing the governments at the UN climate summit, Greta Thunberg further added, “You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. Young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you.”
Referring to the already worsened situations, Thunberg said that even the strictest emission cuts would give the world a 50 percent chance of limiting future warming, which would never fulfill the global goal.
“We will not let you get away with this,” Thunberg said. “Right now is where we draw the line.”
Though the environmentalists and activists have been alarmed about the overall climate crisis, yet no effective measures have been taken to save the dooming future. As of now, tens of thousands of people, being inspired by Greta Thunberg, have marched worldwide against climate change that has brought forward life-threatening impacts. But will this really change the entire world?