"In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history".
"It's a really important signal if the European Union puts protecting the climate center stage in this way", she told reporters in Madrid.
Greta Thunberg giving a speech during a high-level event on climate emergency hosted by the Chilean presidency during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the "IFEMA - Feria de Madrid" exhibition centre, in Madrid today. "Marshaling "Fridays for Future" protests throughout Europe; thundering, 'How dare you!' at the world's most powerful leaders in her viral United Nations speech; leading some 7 million climate strikers across the world in September and tens of thousands more in Madrid in early December, Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet - and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington".
She continued: "Zero by 2050 means nothing if high emissions continue for even a few years".
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She has famously called out world leaders for debating scientific facts and failing to stop a global warming trend that will affect the world's children more than it affects anyone who's now in power. "I want you to listen to the scientists, and I want you to unite behind the science", she said.
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"How dare you", Thunberg said.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres suggested that negotiators in Madrid stop listening to those oppose more ambitious measures for reducing emissions. The 16-year-old said: "If you don't take breaks, you won't be able to continue".
The activist cited scientific reports that have established that unchecked warming above 1.5C for the planet would be catastrophic.
"We stand on an unprecedented mountain of truth", he said.
"This is not leading, this is misleading", she told the plenary, adding that "every fraction of a degree matters".