(New York) Two days after her arrival in the United States, young Swede Greta Thunberg participated on Friday in her first New York climate event alongside several hundred young people, before continuing with an impromptu meeting with the United States. President of the UN General Assembly.
The 16-year-old Swede, who crossed the Atlantic on a sailing boat for 15 days to attend the UN climate summit on 23 September, remained discreet during the demonstration, which lasted about two hours in front of the headquarters of the UN, on the banks of the East River in Manhattan.
The one that pushed hundreds of thousands of young Europeans to parade every Friday under the rallying cry #FridaysforFuture remained silent, leaving other teenagers or students to call for action in the face of the climate emergency, some directly aimed at climate change. Trump government.
"Stop denying that the Earth is dying! "Strike with us! ", Or" We can not stop, a better world is possible! ", Especially chanted the young people present, some of whom were not 10 years old.
Many said they came at least partly to see the young Swede, whose face and braids are now recognizable worldwide.
"When we knew that Greta would be there, we knew we could not miss it. She is our inspiration! "Atara Saunders, 17, an organizer of Friday's events at her high school in the Philadelphia area, said excitedly.
Gabriel Kunin, a 13-year-old New Yorker, told him he was attending his first climate event.
"I knew there would be celebrities" like Greta, he said.
Greta Thunberg then took her first steps inside the imposing UN building, where the President of the General Assembly, Ecuadorian Maria Fernanda Espinosa, invited her to an "impromptu" meeting, organized "At the last minute," according to a spokesman.
For ten minutes, the young Swede, accompanied by two other climate activists, spoke of the need to see "acts and not words" from world leaders, told AFP say, Mark Seddon.
"Welcome to UN Greta Thunberg and climate activists," tweeted the president. "Your determination to act for the climate is shaking the world and we are with you to hold leaders to account. "Science, not silence" ".
This first Friday of Greta Thunberg in New York was mostly a test balloon before the giant parade planned for the UN on September 20, supposed to put pressure on world leaders attending the UN climate summit September 23rd.
The young Swede – who also counts his detractors, some deeming manipulated – has planned to participate, before attending the summit itself.