COP25 Climate Summit: Put Children At Heart Of Tackling Crisis, Says UN

"Young activists including Greta Thunberg put pressure on negotiators to break deadlock"

"Children and young people must be at the heart of dealing with the climate crisis, the UN and campaigners have said as climate talks in Madrid enter their second week with little concrete progress.

Young people, including Greta Thunberg, played a leading role in protests at COP25 over the weekend, and on Monday appeared at the conference to put pressure on negotiators to come up with a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and tackling the impacts of climate breakdown.

Penelope Lea, a 15-year old from Norway, was the first climate activist chosen to be a Unicef ambassador. She said: “We need to keep giving the decisionmakers the power to make the changes we need to see. People have a right to knowledge, and an obligation to get knowledge. Some say we have to wait for people to get ready for change. But we need to make people ready. These are some of the things the youth movement is trying to do, and have to do to ensure progress at COP25.”"

Fiona Harvey reports for the Guardian December 9, 2019.


"Activist Thunberg Turns Spotlight On Indigenous Struggle At Climate Summit" (Reuters)

"Activist Thunberg Channels Youth Fury To U.N. Climate Summit" (Reuters)

"Greta Thunberg Joins Massive Protest At Site Of UN Climate Summit" (HuffPost)

"Greta Thunberg Says Norway, Canada Oil Violates Children Rights" (Bloomberg)

"Too Much Of A Greta Thing? Activist Urges Focus On Others" (AP)

Source: Guardian, 12/10/2019