17 de octubre de 2019
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Greta Thunberg, activists urge Congress to act on climate change

Washington, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, along with a group of indigenous leaders, on Tuesday demanded that the US Congress take concrete action and show leadership to confront climate change around the world.

The group of indigenous activists wrote to lawmakers, saying that the United States is the world's richest nation and the biggest emitter of gases and other chemicals that foster climate change.

As a result, they said, the US has the power to lead the world away from a path that promises to destroy "our common home."

The activists noted that the US is complicit in worsening the climate crisis, specifically referring to the fires in the Amazon.

After coming into office in January 2017, President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement and he has continually emphasized his skepticism about the effects of global warming and cast doubt upon whether it is due to human activities.

Among the indigenous leaders participating in the protest is Militza Flaco, with the Mesoamerican Organization of Peoples and Forests, who emphasized the importance of mobilizing "all the indigenous peoples of the world in a common struggle."

"For me, Greta is our idol. She's not indigenous and she's at the forefront," Flaco told EFE, referring to the young Swedish activist.

Next week, the activists will travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly session before the Global Climate Strike scheduled for Sept. 27.

Democratic senators also showed up on the steps of the US Capitol, including Ed Markey, the chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, who praised the work of the young environmentalists to raise awareness about what he called the main problem of our time, adding that Thunberg is the "spark" of the movement.

"This movement is something that comes at a critical time," Markey said. "The science has made it very clear that the planet is running out of time."

Thunberg accompanied the indigenous activists as a sign of her support for their efforts, but she did not make any statements so as not to divert attention from their message.

Thunberg became famous after in August 2018 she stopped attending school classes every Friday to protest in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand that lawmakers take action against climate change.

Her example inspired more than a million young people to join her on March 15 and May 24 for protests that were held in more than 100 countries.

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