Appearing in the UK, teen Climate activist Greta Thunberg denounced politicians and the media on Friday for failing her generation, saying the world is on fire but they are ignoring a looming climate cataclysm.
The Sun reports Climate activist Greta Thunberg told a UK demo “the world is on fire” yesterday as she stood in pouring rain.
The 17-year-old Swede addressed thousands of soaked schoolkids at an outdoor rally in Bristol.
In a swipe at officials and governments, she said: “They are behaving like children, so it falls on us to be the adults in the room.”
The teenager was headline speaker at The Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate on College Green in the city.
The Avon and Somerset Police estimated more than 20,000 people attended the rally despite the wet conditions.
The eco activist earlier took to the stage to chants of “Greta, Greta” from the youngsters — some holding placards and banners.
Addressing the crowd, Greta said: “This is an emergency. People are already suffering and dying from the consequences of the climate and environmental emergency but it will get worse.
“Still this emergency is being completely ignored by politicians, the media and those in power.
“Basically, nothing is being done to halt this crisis despite all the beautiful words and promises for the elected officials.”
We are being betrayed by the people in power
She added: “World leaders are behaving like children, so it falls on us to be the adults in the room.”
Thunberg went on to say: “We are being betrayed by the people in power and they are failing us but we will not back down.
“If you feel threatened by that, then I have some very bad news for you – we will not be silenced because we are the change and change is coming whether you like it or not.”
As she arrived at Bristol Temple Meads station early this morning, Thunberg said the climate movement in the city was “strong”.
Asked why she had chosen to visit Bristol particularly, she said: “Many different reasons, the movement is very strong here and I had contact with people who were here.”