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Teen activist urges EU to focus on climate change

April 19, 2019 12:11 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2019 12:24 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, chided European Union leaders for holding three emergency summits regarding Brexit and none on the threat posed by climate change.

Ahead of European parliament elections in May, Thunberg, who is also the founder of the school strike movement, spoke in Strasbourg in front of MEPs and EU officials, saying if politicians were serious about tackling climate change they would not spend all their time “talking about taxes or Brexit.”

She said European politicians were failing to take enough action on climate change and the threats to the natural world.

She added, “Our house is falling apart and our leaders need to start acting accordingly because at the moment they are not.”

She stressed, “If our house was falling apart, you wouldn’t hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and the environment.”
While climate change is occasionally discussed at the EU’s regular summits, the issue never dominated due to prioritizing Brexit, migration, and the euro-zone crisis.
It is noteworthy that Thunberg caught the world's attention after commenced a solo climate change protest in August 2018, which prompted the global movement, known as the "school strike movement."
More than 1.4 million youths around the world participated in school strikes for action to be taken concerning climate change. Children walked out of schools in 2,233 cities and towns in 128 countries, with mass demonstrations held in Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, India, and the United States.

The 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl was nominated by three Norwegian MPs as a candidate to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

If Thunberg were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was only 17 at the time she received the prize.

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