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Greta Thunberg tells Congress to ‘listen to the scientists’ about climate crisis

'I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.'


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Sep 19, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:30 am CDT

Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told members of Congress to “listen to scientists” and work to combat climate change on Wednesday.

Thunberg was one of several young climate activists to speak before the House Climate Crisis Committee and House Foreign Affairs subcommittee during a joint hearing on Wednesday.

Instead of submitting prepared remarks, Thunberg submitted a United Nations report that found the world needs to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to try and stop the more devastating effects of climate change from happening.

“I have not come to offer any prepared remarks at this hearing. I am instead attaching my testimony. It is the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius the SR 1.5, which was released on October 8th, 2018,” Thunberg said. “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.”

Throughout the hearing, Thunberg was praised for her poise in front of Congress. She didn’t need it.

You can watch all of the joint hearing on C-SPAN here.


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*First Published: Sep 19, 2019, 9:55 am CDT