Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon for COP25 after sailing across Atlantic

Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon for COP25 after sailing across Atlantic

The crush as people tried to get a glimpse of Thunberg led her to pull out shortly after the start of the march, saying police had advised her to leave for safety's sake, and she climbed into an electric auto. "Every chance to improve the situation we must take", the 16-year-old Swede advised a press convention earlier than participating in a local weather rally within the Spanish capital in a while Friday.

Ms. Thunberg's presence in Madrid is expected to shift the attention to demands for greater action by non-governmental organizations and a whole new generation of environment-minded activists.

"I sincerely hope COP25 will reach something concrete and increase awareness among people, and that world leaders and people in power grasp the urgency of the climate crisis, because right now it does not seem that they are", she said.

"We are really gaining momentum, we are getting bigger and bigger and our voices are being heard more and more, but of course that does not translate into political action", Thunberg said of the protest movement.

An advocate for carbon-free transportation, the teen arrived in the city via train on Friday morning, having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States by catamaran earlier in the week.

Naomi's outspoken position on such issues as Angela Merkel's disastrous immigration policy and climate change mark her as the kind of fearless, independent-minded, intelligent teenager of whom any parent could be proud.

Amponsem, who started advocating for climate action as a teenager and has now founded his own non-profit, Green Africa Youth Organization, added that young people are not seen as serious, knowledgeable counterparts in a discourse about climate change.

In the presence of dozens of media cameras and curious summit participants, the protesters sang songs and exchanged chants: "What do you want?"

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Joshua Amponsem, a young activist from Ghana, said "climate change is like a dream that you're going to fall off a cliff".

An alliance of U.S. states, cities, academic institutions and companies opened its own venue at the climate talks, aiming to show that despite the Donald Trump government's decision to pull out of the Paris accord, many in the USA remain committed to curbing global warming.

Speaking at a press conference in the Spanish capital on Friday she added that although the movement has raised public awareness of the problem "there is no victory" because Carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise, Efe news reported.

"I don't like being at the centre of the focus all the time, but this is a good thing", she told Aftonbladet. "Our traditional and historic practices and the relationship that indigenous people have with Mother Earth is an alternative and a way in which modern society can face up to the climate crisis", he said.

"And that, regardless of the color of the government that is in power", Strait said.

More than 3,800 organizations and corporations representing 70% of USA economic output have joined the coalition, organizers claim, amounting to roughly half of the country's emissions.

"Today, climate action means social equality, it's not possible to have social equality without environmental equality".

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