Greta Thunberg says "nothing has happened" with emissions after more than a year of school strikes

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      Today, a teenage Swedish environmental activist said that world leaders aren't doing nearly enough to address the climate crisis that threatens the future of young people around the world.

      Speaking on a panel of young people in Madrid, Greta Thunberg, 16, acknowledged that the #FridaysforFuture climate strikes have elevated public awareness, which is a "big step in the right direction".

      But she quickly added that this is nowhere near enough, because carbon-dioxide emissions will still go up by 0.6 percent this year.

      "So of course, there is no victory because the only thing we want to see is real action," Thunberg said. "And real action has not been happening.

      "Of course, we have achieved a lot," she continued. "But if you look at it from a certain point of view, we have achieved nothing."

      The Convention of the Parties, or COP, is meeting in Madrid in the 25th gathering of world leaders since the United Nations Framework on Climate Change was created in the early 1990s. That's why this is called COP25. 

      "I sincerely hope that the COP25 will lead to something concrete and that will lead to also an increase in awareness among people in general," Thunberg said. "And that...the people in power grasp the urgency of the climate crisis because right now, it doesn't seem like they are. So I really hope that. And I know we will do everything we can to make sure that this is something that cannot be ignored anymore, that they cannot just hide away anymore."

      She added that young people are pushing for change, but many people fear this. And she claimed that's led to efforts to shut them up the youths.

      "But that is proof that we are having an impact and that our voices are being heard, since they try so desperately to silence us," Thunberg said.

      At another point in the discussion, she pointed out that it's impossible to know how the world will look in 10 years.

      "So we have to adapt," she stated. "COP25 is seen as some kind of middle year, the big event is COP26 next year. But we cannot afford middle years.

      "We cannot afford any more days going by without real action being taken. So the COP25 is not something we should look past and ignore, because every chance we get to improve the situation, we must take."

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