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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.”
"I want you to listen to the scientists."— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) September 19, 2019
Testifying before Congress, teen activist @GretaThunberg urges U.S lawmakers to take action against climate change #CoveringClimateNow pic.twitter.com/6QhJUkOWfV
Throughout the hearing, Thunberg was praised for her poise in front of Congress. She didn’t need it.
“Please save us your praise. We don’t want it,” she said. “Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it.”https://t.co/aBTBDgDSMv— Ibrahim (@ialhusseini) September 19, 2019
Greta Thunberg side-eying her way through Washington is iconic and we do not deserve her. pic.twitter.com/5VEdFiZwuC— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) September 18, 2019
Greta Thunberg is going to address Congress today. Unlike most people who do, she didn't submit prepared remarks. Instead, she gave lawmakers a report on global warming:— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 18, 2019
"I want you to listen to the scientists." pic.twitter.com/VimOR9pohf
You can watch all of the joint hearing on C-SPAN here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).