Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg made a chilling threat to world leaders ahead of the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
“We need to make clear that this is just the beginning,” Thunberg told a crowd of protesters in Lausanne on Friday, according to The Hill. “To the world leaders, and those in power, I would like to say that you haven’t seen anything yet. You have not seen the last of us, we can assure you that.”
The teen went on to lament what she views as global inaction on the issue.
“We are now in a new year, and we have entered a new decade. And so far, during this decade, we have seen no signs whatsoever that real climate action is coming. And that has to change,” she said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Teenage activist slams world leaders
Thunberg, who is now 17, first came into the public eye after she addressed the Davos forum last year. She traveled to the event via 32-hour train ride, believing that to be more climate-friendly than flying, Vox reported.
In her speeches, the teenager has angrily accused world leaders of letting the world be destroyed and of not taking the “crisis” of climate change seriously. And her activism has paid off: in December, Thunberg was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for her work on climate change.
Thunberg says she is now in the 74th week of the Fridays for Future protest movement, a weekly climate change protest that has spread to many schools in the U.S. and elsewhere. Speaking in Switzerland Friday, Thunberg touted the initiative and its longevity.
“We have now been striking for a very long time,” she said. “For well over a year, young people from all across the globe have been school striking for their right to a future every Friday.” Still, Thunberg insisted that they’re just getting started.
Greta’s climate change gospel
While the left applauds Thunberg for speaking out, those who haven’t taken a sip of the climate change Kool-Aid have pointed out that her “passion” may be misplaced.
The sky-high rhetoric Thunberg espouses depends on a high degree of “faith” in the climate change gospel: humans are wrecking the world, and everything will be destroyed in less than a generation if we don’t change now. But conservatives — the Trump administration included — have maintained that the situation may not be as dire as progressives insist.
For his part, President Donald Trump will be attending the forum in Davos alongside Thunberg later this week, Bloomberg notes, and he will undoubtedly have an entirely different viewpoint to offer — one that comes from someone with a little more life experience.
Of course, just because he isn’t convinced the world is ending doesn’t mean the president isn’t taking the issue seriously. Asked recently by reporters if global warming is a “hoax,” Trump said: “Nothing’s a hoax about that. It’s a very serious subject.”
Maybe someone should tell Greta that skipping school may not be the best way to get that point across.