Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, speaks at a house Foreign Affairs Committee sub-Committee hearing on climate change Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg appeared before members of the US house of representatives on Wednesday to answer questions about climate change, but clearly stated that she is the one that the legislator should listen.
Instead, deliver a passionate address, she decided to let the scientific research speak, in the form of 2018-a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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“I’m not sending this report as my testimony, because I want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to be closed behind the science. And then I want you to take real action,” Thunberg, 16, said at a joint hearing held by a Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Select Committee on the climate crisis.
The report warns of the dangers of the earth at risk if global warming rose to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and called for measures, the warming is not more than 1.5 degrees higher. She says that it is “defined” (in the report as between 66 percent and 100 chance) that warming was 1.5 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels sometime between 2030 and 2052, when the continue on the current pace. The IPCC says that already “[h]uman activities are estimated to be caused by” about 1 ° C of warming.
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Thunberg, the Swedish is, kept her speech short, during the hearing. While other young activists passionate arguments delivered before the Congress, she made succinct points. Climate-Crisis-Committee-Chairman Kathy Castor, D-Fla., increases the argument — mentioned by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga. — that was the problem, not the US performance, when it comes to harmful emissions, but bad actors like China, to not do enough. Thunberg says this argument works in both directions.
“A different perspective”, she offered. “I’m from Sweden, a small country, and since it is the same argument. “Why should we do something, just look at the USA”, they say, just so you know. Will be used against you”.
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Thunberg also testified Tuesday before a Senate climate-crisis-task-force-meeting, where they also strictly business. After the legislature, they and other young activists praised, you are not reminded them that she was there for the compliments.
“Please, save your praise. We don’t want it,” she said. “Don’t invite us here just to tell us how inspiring we are, without actually having something to do, because it leads to nothing.”
Thunberg proposed to testify that the Congress invite experts instead of.
“If you are consulting, what you should do, want scientists, download questions scientists and scholars for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard,” she said. “We want to be is that science belongs.”
Thunberg arrived after crossing the Atlantic on a yacht, powered by wind, solar power and two water-powered generators. You went from Plymouth, England, on Aug. 14 and docked in New York two weeks later. Since then, she has met with the former President Barack Obama and other political figures.
Earlier this year, Thunberg, was nominated for the Nobel peace prize. Currently, the youngest recipient of the award, Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she won in the year 2014.