Swedish teen accuses United Kingdom of 'irresponsible behavior' over climate

Katie Ramirez
April 26, 2019

In a sign of how seriously politicians seem to be taking the issue now, she met Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Speaker of the House John Bercow and Jeremy Corbyn today - as well as Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and former Labour leader Ed Miliband.

"We just want people to listen to the science", the 16-year-old told those assembled for a roundtable discussion on climate change.

Thunberg, who rose to global prominence by staging a school strike to protest about the climate, has praised the "Extinction Rebellion" sits-ins in London.

Environmental activists are blocking the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange after gluing themselves to the doorway while wearing LED displays reading "climate emergency".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove assured Miss Thunberg she had been heard as he admitted "we have not done almost enough". Prime minister Theresa May declined to attend.

"As long as it's non-violent I think that it could definitely make a difference, it could make people become more aware of the situation, that we actually show that this is an emergency", she told BBC television.

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Britain's opposition leaders met Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday to discuss what the teenager calls an "existential crisis" for humanity.

"Together we can make a difference", Greta Thunberg told a rapturous crowd in the capital. "Like now. And those answers don't exist any more, because you did not act in time", she chided MPs on Tuesday.

Student Jade Edwards, from Worcestershire, said of politicians meeting Miss Thunberg: "If they listen to her that's a great step forward for the planet and everything that lives in it".

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

At the London Stock Exchange's headquarters, six protesters dressed in black suits and red ties were blocking the revolving doors of the building. The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a "die in" at the Natural History Museum.

Members of XR have previously indicated temporarily ending disruptive tactics to focus on political negotiations. Three people were held in custody after pleading not guilty to disruption charges following the incident.

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