Greta Thunberg caught the eye of many, delivering a damning speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday. The 16-year-old held back tears as she spoke, saying: “You stole my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet, I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying.
Who is Greta Thunberg?
Greta is only 16 years old, but she is one of the most prominent figures talking about climate change in recent years.
She drew public attention in August 2018, when at age 15 she took time off from school to speak out of parliament in her native Sweden to call for more action on climate change.
Her speeches to world leaders have shared opinions for many, with some saying she has been used as a "political pawn."
Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said he was extremely worried "about her following the same path as the TV child stars" and that she might "run out".
He said: I'm not a denier of climate change, I really think we need to do more to save the planet.
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"I only worry that we use such a child, who should probably be on treatment because she said she had anorexia, said she had Asperger, and said she fought depression."
"My criticism is not much of it, but her parents and climate change activists blatantly use it and I think the left can be a little hypocritical at times.
"He said children should be in school, but they are coming together because" they are convinced that the end of the world is near. "
The psychologist said, "She's in the center of the world now, whether it's Greta-phobia or Greta-mania, and I don't think any 16-year-old girl should be."
On Friday, September 19, around the world, thousands of children were not attending school, opting to protest what was called the global climate strike.
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Who are Greta Thunberg's parents?
Greta's parents are Malena Ernman and Svante Thunberg, and they are also as environmentally focused as their daughter.
They co-wrote a book alongside Greta and her second daughter Beata, titled Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, due for release in March 2020.
Greta's speech at the UN has provoked many reactions, both positive and negative.
US President Donald Trump has been criticized for mocking Greta on Twitter, responding to a video of his speech saying, "She looks like a very happy young woman looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. Good to see! "
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Speaking to an audience of world leaders at the UN conference, she said: “Entire ecosystems are collapsing.
“We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How do you dare!"
"How dare you pretend that this can only be solved with business as usual and some technical solutions? With current emissions levels, the remaining CO2 budget will be fully spent in less than eight and a half years.
"There will be no solutions or plans presented according to these numbers today, because these numbers are very uncomfortable and you are not yet mature enough to say what it looks like.
"You are failing us, but young people are beginning to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you and if you choose to leave us, I say: We will never forgive you.
"We won't let you get away with it. Right here, now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming, whether you like it or not."
At the UN Climate Action Summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would double to € 4 billion in financial commitment to combat global warming.
French President Emmanuel Macron said international organizations had pledged to release $ 500 million (£ 404.60 million) in additional aid to protect rainforests.