The complaint was filed shortly after Thunberg delivered that impassioned speech calling out world leaders on their lack of urgency to fight climate change.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has truly been a revelation, all within one year. From protesting all by herself outside the Swedish Parliament last year to inspiring millions of youngsters to take part in a global climate change rally, Greta has been making all the headlines, whether you like it or not.
And now, the champion climate activist along with 15 other youngsters are suing five of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters. They filed the complaint with the United Nations on Monday claiming that Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey violated their human rights by not doing enough to tackle climate change. As reported by CNN.
The children, who belong from 12 different nations, stated that their human rights have been violated.
“You are failing us,” Thunberg told the crowd. “We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The message that we want to send is that we've had enough," Thunberg said.
Interestingly, U.S. and China — the two biggest contributors to global CO2 emissions — were excluded from Thunberg’s list. This is because China and US had agreed to hear complaints against them. They also have not ratified the part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty which allows children to seek justice.
The complaint was filed shortly after Thunberg delivered that powerful speech to world leaders calling out their lack of urgency to fight climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit.
"This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean. You all come to us young people for hope,” Greta said during her impassioned speech.
“How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing.”
Thunberg soon became visibly emotional during the speech. “You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that,” she said.
“Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.”
“There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is,” she added.
“You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not," Thunberg concluded.