Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Urges US Lawmakers to Listen to Scientists and Take Action

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, spoke before the US Congress House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing in Washington on September 18, alongside three other young environmental advocates.

In her opening remarks, Thunberg opted to submit the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming to the record as her testimony instead of a speech. “I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science, and then I want you to take real action,” said Thunberg.

Thunberg and three other youth climate activists – Jamie Margolin, Vic Barrett, and Benji Backer – spoke about climate change, advocated for action, and answered questions from the House Committee at Wednesday’s hearing, which was titled “Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis.” Credit: House Foreign Affairs Committee via Storyful