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16-year-old tells congress “You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry”

Nanor Pontigian Science & Tech Editor, The Pawprint

Tuesday, 17th of September, a senate meeting was held on Climate Change, lawmakers praised a group of teenage activists, for their display of wisdom and leadership.

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year old, has strove to influence people all around the world to fight against the impacts of global warming. 

Thunberg was present at the meeting and found it important to remind the members that she was neither a scientist nor a senator, but in fact just a student, after being asked how they suggest battling climate change. 

She opened up in the meeting to say, “Please save your praise. We don’t want it, don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything. If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard. I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.” 

This arose a few reactions, and senator Ed Markey, looked shocked, by her straightforward statement, but still he smiled, appreciating her honesty. 

Senator Markey tried to reach out and understand Thunberg’s statement and support her, as he explained “We need your leadership, young people are the army politically, which has arrived in the United States. You put a spotlight on this issue in a way that it has never been before. And that is creating a new X factor. We hear you. We hear what you’re saying and we will redouble our efforts.” 

Thunberg, joined many other activists got the chance to join the meeting and raise awareness. Nadia Nazar, co-founder of the advocacy group Zero Hour, opened up about this at a news conference on Tuesday.

“The generation of the Green New Deal will not only survive but we will thrive, we will no longer be known as the kids fighting the apocalypse. We will be known as the solution to the climate crisis.” 

Many Democrats have received a lot of criticism for making the Green New Deal, but it is a 10-year plan on eliminating nations emissions. 

Senator Markey has tried to explain how all of this has begun to shape and change the political landscape, he explained saying that 2020 presidential election will be a “referendum on climate change”. 

Markey praised and thanked the activists saying  “What has happened? You have happened, you are giving this extra level of energy to the political process that is absolutely changing the dynamics of politics in the United States.” 

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