'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg asks world leaders at United Nations summit

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In an emotional speech, she said: "This is all wrong". Thunberg chastised leaders for praising young activists like herself while failing to deliver on drastic actions needed to avert the worst impacts of climate change, and warning that if the world continued with business as usual, her generation would face an insurmountable catastrophe.

"To stop a global temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the level of ambition needs to be tripled", said Taalas. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you come to us young people for hope.

A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, said the plans were revealed in his address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit with the theme, "A Race We Can Win". "You are failing us".

"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words", she added.

"Millions around the world [are] saying clearly, not only that they want change, not only that decision makers must change, but they want them to be accountable", he said. The president in the past has questioned man-made climate change, at one point calling it a Chinese hoax.

Murombedzi said it was getting harder for most African countries to meet a set of global development goals, including ending hunger and poverty by 2030, as their economies and ecosystems are hurt by climate change.

The U.S. has signed the United Nations treaty, but it has never ratified it. He did not give remarks but he listened to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and one of the architects of the Paris agreement, told AFP news agency that the summit represented a "moment of truth" but was also taking place at a time of great political headwinds.

Now, though, it has become a rallying cry for countries like the United Kingdom and France as well as major corporations, who are leading the charge in countries like the USA where the political leadership have sought to distance themselves or even undermine the cause.

He, therefore, stressed the need for Member States to step-up their collective climate actions in line with the request of the Secretary General.

French President Emmanuel Macron said global organisations had pledged to release $500m in additional aid to protect tropical forests.

Trump has repeatedly questioned climate science, vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and set about scrapping rules limiting carbon pollution.

As Thunberg's speech appeared live on one internal United Nations video feed, a second feed showed Donald Trump arriving at the UN-but not for the Climate Action Summit.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said things "are starting to turn around" in the country.

Thunberg said that leaders around the world are failing children, who have now started to understand their betrayal.

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