Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was ‘obviously not doing enough’ to save the environment at a meeting today.
The PM called Greta the ‘voice of a generation’ as she was in Montreal to march against climate change as part of a second wave of global protests.
During the march a man was arrested after lunging at the Canadian leader, who announced plans to plant 2 billion trees over the next decade as an election pledge.
He said: ‘(Greta) is the voice of a generation, of young people who are calling on their leaders to do more and do better, and I am listening.’
But Greta indicated that she expected more, even of leaders who are on board with fighting climate change.
It comes as scientists issued new dire warnings about the consequences of rising temperatures on the world’s oceans and cold regions.
Greta told the rally: ‘He (Trudeau) is of course obviously not doing enough, but this is just a huge problem, this is a system that is wrong.
‘My message to all the politicians is the same: “Just listen and act on the science”.’
She also took an apparent swipe at US president Donald Trump saying she didn’t ‘understand why grown-ups would choose to mock children and teenagers for just communicating and acting on the science when they could do something good instead.’
The youth climate movement has drawn criticism from some who accuse the students of overreacting and would be better off staying in school.
Trump has previously tweeted: ‘She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’
Greta, 16, says climate activism was threatening his world view and interests.
Speaking at the rally she added: ‘That we should take as compliment that we are having so much impact that people want to silence us.
‘We’ve become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us.’
Her comments came as students in Italy symbolically torched a replica of planet Earth as tens of thousands took to the streets of Milan.
It was one of series of climate strikes inspired by the Swedish teen who addressed the UN summit in New York last week ahead of another day of protests where 4 million people took part globally.
More than 100,000 rallied in Rome with further fresh protests in India, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands, a week after millions rallied worldwide ahead of the UN summit.
Today, in New Zealand, students marched on parliament in Wellington in one of the largest protests held in the capital.
Activists from the Fridays for Future group in Berlin ignored persistent rain to denounce a package of measures the German government agreed on that would cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The protesters said it fell far short of what was needed if the world’s sixth-biggest emitter planned on meeting the goals agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
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