16-Year-Old Climate Activist Says Trump Obviously Doesn’t ‘Listen to the Science’

By Patrick Goodenough | August 29, 2019 | 4:36am EDT
Greta Thunberg arrives in the U.S. after 15 days at sea on Wednesday. (Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, feted around the world for her “school strike for climate” campaign, arrived in New York City Wednesday after crossing the Atlantic by yacht, and said President Trump obviously does not “listen to the science” on climate change.

“The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced,” the 16-year-old told gathered reporters and whooping supporters on the dockside at North Cove Marina in New York harbor.

“And if we don’t manage to work together, to cooperate and to work together despite our differences, then we will fail,” she added. “So we need to stand together and support each other, and to take action, because otherwise it might be too late.”

Asked what her message was for “Donald Trump and the American people,” Thunberg said, “It’s strange, everyone always asks me about Donald Trump.”

“But, I mean, my message for him is just ‘listen to the science,’ and he obviously doesn’t do that,” she continued. “So, I mean, I – as I always say to this question, if any—if no-one has been able to convince him about the climate crisis, the urgency, then why should I be able to do that?”

“So I’m just going to now focus on spreading awareness, and that people in general will start caring and realize how big of a crisis this is.”

Thunberg set sail from Plymouth in England on August 14, on a trip designed to draw attention to concerns about fossil fuels’ contributions to climate change. (She reportedly has persuaded her family to give up flying and become vegan.)

The marina where she and the yacht crew docked is about four miles from United Nations headquarters, where Thunberg plans to attend climate-related activities including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ “climate action summit” next month.

Later this year she plans to go to Santiago de Chile to attend the annual U.N. climate summit, known this year as COP 25 (the 25th “conference of the parties” to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.)

How she will get to Chile for the December event has not been announced, but she said Wednesday she would obviously want to avoid flying, “so there will be a lot of trains, buses and probably even sailing as well.”

Supporters gather to welcome Greta Thunberg in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Thunberg’s strikes outside Sweden’s parliament last summer to draw attention to climate change inspired a movement that has seen school students around the world skip classes and hold demonstrations, including mass events in March and May, with another planned for next month.

She has met with leaders including Guterres and Pope Francis, been hailed by President Obama, and has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. Bookmakers fancy her chances at being Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

During her press conference she said she wished there wasn’t so much focus on her as an individual, rather than the issue she’s highlighting, but added “there’s not much I can do about that.”

“If what I’m doing makes, can make a difference, if it can create attention for the climate crisis, then I’m going to use that opportunity to try to change things.”

On Friday she intends to join a weekly climate strike outside U.N. headquarters.


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