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Hundreds of Thousands of People Join Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg for a March in Montreal

Thunberg responded to critics, including U.S. President Donald Trump, saying she doesn't understand why grown-ups would choose

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A man sells Greta Thunberg masks during a climate protest rally in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 27, 2019. VOA

Hundreds of thousands of people joined teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for a march in Montreal Friday, part of a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change.

Thunberg responded to critics, including U.S. President Donald Trump, saying she doesn’t “understand why grown-ups would choose to mock children and teenagers for just communicating and acting on the science when they could do something good instead.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, Thunberg said, “We’ve become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us.”

She called on world leaders to do more for the environment, following a meeting earlier Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Hundreds of thousands of people joined teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for a march in Montreal Friday, part of a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change. Pixabay

“My message to all the politicians around the world is the same,” she said. “Just listen and act on the current best available science.”

“He (Trudeau) is of course obviously not doing enough, but this is just a huge problem, this is a system that is wrong,” she said.

Trudeau earlier praised Thunberg’s activism saying, “She is the voice of a generation.”

Protests also took place Friday across Europe and Asia, with organizers saying 200,000 people, mainly youths, joined a march in Milan and another 100,000 in Rome.

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Protesters gathered in a host of countries, including India, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Austria and Germany.

The demonstrations come a week after millions of youths and adults rallied worldwide ahead of the U.N. summit in New York. (VOA)

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Spain Takes a Step Forward to Combat Climate Change

Spain Declares Climate Emergency, Gets Climate Plan Ready

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People march during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change in Barcelona, Spain. VOA

Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change.

The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days its proposed climate legislation. The targets coincide with those of the European Union, including a reduction of net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Spain’s coalition government wants up to 95% of the Mediterranean country’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040. The plan also foresees eliminating pollution by buses and trucks and making farming carbon neutral.

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Young environmentalists demonstrate to demand measures against climate change. VOA

Details of the plan are to be made public when the proposed legislation is sent to parliament for approval.

More than two dozen countries and scores of local and regional authorities have declared a climate emergency in recent years.

Scientists say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record.

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Also Tuesday, young climate activists including Greta Thunberg told the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland they are not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out. (VOA)