September 23 - Greta Thunberg addresses world leaders at the U.N.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, in an emotional speech at the United Nations chided world leaders with the repeated phrase, "how dare you?"
In August 2018, when she was 15, Thunberg took time off school to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organized a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million pupils each.
On Monday, 23 September 2019, Greta Thurberg addressed the assembled world leaders at the United Nations.
At her appearance, Thurberg announced that she and 15 other children were filing a lawsuit against "five of the world’s major carbon polluters": Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey. The lawsuit is challenging the nations under the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child that their lives and future children are being harmed by the countries' unregulated emissions, and seeks to force these countries into enter into agreements with other nations to set binding emission limits.
Watch the video of her speech below.