UNITED NATIONS - Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg took her weekly campaign for greater action on climate change to the gates of the United Nations on Friday, urging "everyone who cares about our future" to join her when world leaders gather in New York next month.
Thunberg, 16, started missing school on Fridays a year ago to protest outside the Swedish parliament, sparking a global climate strike movement known as Fridays for Future. She joined 14-year-old New Yorker Alexandria Villasenor on Friday, who began picketing outside the United Nations in New York December.
A couple of hundred of other young protesters supported them with signs that read "Help my home is on fire," "If you won't act like adults, we will" and "Science not silence." Their chants included "we are unstoppable, a better world is possible" and "sea levels are rising and so are we."
Wearing t-shirts that read "In Greta we trust," New York students Bianca Pilcher, 11, and Lila Sabag, 10, said they had one message for world leaders: act now.
"I don't want to live a short life, I want to live a long life and I want to have my world be healthy as well. I also want to experience having children, having grandchildren and them to not be like 'what have you brought me in to?'" said Pilcher.