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- Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden, has become the face of climate change activism.
- On September 20, Thunberg led the largest climate strike in history, which included an estimated 4 million people across 161 countries.
- At the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday, she addressed world leaders through tears: "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words," Thunberg said.
- Here's how she rose to prominence on the world stage.
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At the helm of this Global Climate Strike was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who has entered the global spotlight over the last year as the leader of a youth movement that's pushing governments and corporations to address the climate crisis.
Thunberg launched the "Fridays For Future" movement — or School Strike for Climate (as it says in Swedish on her sign) — in 2018, encouraging students to skip school to demand action on climate change from their governments. In November, when she was a ninth grader, Thunberg staged a strike for two weeks outside the Swedish parliament, demanding that the government cut emissions by 15% a year.
Now Thunberg spends every Friday on strike.
On Monday, Thunberg gave an impassioned, tearful speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit.
"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean," she said with tears in her eyes. "Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."
To get to the UN event, Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions boat to avoid the carbon emissions that would have come from flying.
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