Published: Fri, April 26, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Schoolgirl climate activist Greta tells MPs her future has been 'stolen'

Schoolgirl climate activist Greta tells MPs her future has been 'stolen'

As Thunberg spoke, environmental protesters demonstrated outside Parliament, with some hanging hammocks in trees.

Swedish climate acticist Greta Thunberg meets leaders of the United Kingdom political parties at the House of Commons in Westminster.

The Swedish Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who has sparked a wave of youth climate protests around the world, told a politician's roundtable on Tuesday: "We just want people to listen to the science".

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said that she and other politicians at the roundtable - Mr Corbyn, Liberal Democrat Sir Vince Cable, the SNP's Ian Blackford and Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville-Roberts - had agreed to hold further cross-party discussions with youth climate strikers, as well as to support the UK Youth Climate Assemblies and to seek a common framework to ensure party policies are in line with worldwide global warming recommendations.

Organisers of the meeting pointedly left a place empty for Prime Minister Theresa May, who was reportedly invited but chairing a cabinet meeting in Downing Street at the time.

The 16-year-old told a packed room in the Palace of Westminster that her future and those of her fellow children had been "sold".

"Together we can make a difference", Greta Thunberg told a rapturous crowd in the capital.

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"The time to act is now, the challenge could not be clearer, Greta you have been heard".

The activist said "creative" climate accounting meant that although the United Kingdom has achieved a 37% reduction of its territorial carbon dioxide emissions since 1990, it does not include emissions from aviation, shipping and those associated with imports and exports.

Against this backdrop, every new piece of evidence about the threat posed by climate change seems to carry a little bit more weight than it might have done 10 days ago.

The force has warned demonstrators they must leave a designated area by 11.59pm or be liable to arrest.

Extinction Rebellion climate protesters form a line after glueing themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Thursday April 25, 2019.

Climate change protesters also hit Canary Wharf station, clambering on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train. The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a "die in" at the Natural History Museum.

Police said 1088 arrests have been made since the main protests began. Three people were held in custody after pleading not guilty to disruption charges following the incident.

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