Swedish teen climate activist leads protest near UN

Pablo Tucker
September 1, 2019

She clutched a sign that read, in Swedish, "School strike for climate" - the same one she carried from the trans-Atlantic racing yacht after docking with a crew that brought her from Plymouth, England.

She joined 14-year-old New Yorker Alexandria Villasenor on Friday, who began picketing outside the United Nations in NY in December. Another rhyming slogan used by activists was "No more coal, no more oil, keep the carbon in the soil". @UKGovWales @GOVUK is this really the best we have?!

Another added: "Honestly and I say this for your own good, get a life".

When Thunberg arrived, she slipped behind her supporters, allowing them to be highlighted by a media horde.

"I've been listening to the climate change essay recorded by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg for your new album".

Gale Bonker, a young activist affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, also came to see Thunberg on Friday.

The 16-year-old sailed into New York Harbor on Wednesday to attend the UN Climate Action Summit after a 2-week journey across the Atlantic in a zero-carbon emissions boat.

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in NY after travelling for 15 days on a sailboat.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world faces a climate emergency and challenged leaders to come to 74th session of the 193-member UN next month with concrete, realistic plans on how to tackle the emergency earnestly.

She told reporters that fossil fuels should be kept in the ground and that the world needs to "stop its war on nature".

She will be attending the UN Climate Summit in September and the COP25 Climate Conference in December.

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