"I shouldn't be up here". I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. You are failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.
Her comments come after the Swedish national joined protestors on Friday as many children skipped school to take to march in protest for action against climate change. But, "right now if you take up all the pledges that governments have put forward for the Paris Agreement, we're looking at about 3.5 degrees [Celsius] of warming by 2100", explains Angel Hsu, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. "We can not leave our young people to spend all of their Fridays protesting".
"It is now imperative that we must step-up our collective climate actions in line with the request of the Secretary-General".
To back up her point, she cited a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which concluded that for the world to preserve its best chance of meeting the 1.5-degree goal, countries had a "total carbon budget" of 420 gigatons of CO2 at the start of 2018 - meaning that together, countries shouldn't exceed that amount.
While presidents and premiers talked about what they hoped to do within their own borders, French President Emmanuel Macron reminded his colleagues that they need to include climate change in their trade and finance policies.
Taiwan And Kiribati Cut Diplomatic Ties Amid China Tension
China was trying to "suppress and reduce Taiwan's global presence" and "ultimately destroy Taiwan's sovereignty", Wu said. The Kiribati president's office and China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, only two of the world's 10 biggest banks - Citigroup Inc and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - joined a coalition of 130 global financial firms in agreeing to align their business with worldwide efforts to address climate change and other environmental issues.
US President Donald Trump dropped by the summit, listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel make detailed pledges, including going coal-free, and left without saying anything.
His apathy for the environment and the inaction of world leaders everywhere doesn't seem to dampen Thunberg's resolve in the least.
"The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win", said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement issued before the summit formally opened, which announced that 66 countries have now signalled their intent to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
But officials have also been careful to manage expectations and say Monday's summit is also a run-up event to the 2020 United Nations climate summit that the UK will host in Glasgow.
Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg accused governments of stealing childhoods through their inaction.
The teenager received world-wide acclaim after publicly sailing to NY from Sweden in August, promoting zero-carbon transport in a bid to raise climate awareness.