Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Greta Thunberg arrives in Portugal ahead of climate change summit

Greta Thunberg arrives in Portugal ahead of climate change summit

Greta, who became world famous for founding the "school strikes for the climate" movement, refuses to fly in planes because of the carbon footprint.

"We will not stop", she said, referring to herself and other climate activists who have been instrumental in organizing protests around the world to draw attention to the climate emergency.

The 16-year-old climate activist has spent more than 2 weeks crossing the ocean on a catamaran from NY, confirming her commitment to a low-emission lifestyle.

"She is making a statement that you don't always have to take the easy way", said Lander Wanters, 20, a Belgian climate activist.

"People are underestimating the force of angry kids", Thunberg told the crowds. The younger generation is watching you and we will make sure that you actually must do something. "I'm doing this to sort of send the message that it is impossible to live sustainable today, and that needs to change".

Thunberg said she would spend a few days in Lisbon before making her way to Madrid, where the COP25 climate summit is now underway, where she would work to ensure the "voices of future generations" are heard.

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She plans to spend several days in the Portuguese capital before going to Madrid for the summit.

Carolina Schmidt, environment minister of Chile, which is chairing the negotiations, said she hoped Thunberg's presence would galvanise more ambitious commitments by governments at talks aimed at bolstering the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert catastrophic temperature increases.

She wants senior officials in Madrid to "finally understand the urgency" of climate change and co-operate internationally. To speak the truth.

Her arrival in Lisbon coincides with the release of a bleak report by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization, which warns that the past decade is nearly certain to be the hottest yet recorded.

In a report released on the sidelines of this year's United Nations climate change conference in Madrid, the agency said this continues the trend that "since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than the last".

This year was hotter than average in most parts of the world, including the Arctic.

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