"It is your generation that must hold us accountable to make sure we don't betray the future of humankind".
Mr Guterres said the gathering was a critical milestone ahead of the Climate Action Summit, where he has asked world leaders to come with bold, concrete plans. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. 50% may be acceptable to you but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution, or the aspects of equity and climate justice, they also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your Carbon dioxide out of the air with technologies that barely exist.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned governments that they would have to offer action plans to qualify to speak at the summit, which is aimed at boosting the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming.
The complaint is to be heard by a committee of children's rights experts, and, if successful, the United Nations will classify the climate crisis as a children's rights crisis, according to Gizmodo. "What's really worrisome is that we need global emissions to peak by next year, by 2020".
In June 2017, President Trump announced his intention for the United States, the second largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, to withdraw from the agreement.
Lawyer Michael Hausfeld said that while the committee's recommendations are not legally binding, the 44 countries that ratified the protocol pledged to respect them. The Better Path Coalition calls on state lawmakers to act on climate change and prevent pollution across the state during a rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, January 28, 2019. They urge the independent body to order Member States to take action to protect children from the devastating impacts of climate change.
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Fijian climate change action advocate Komal Kumar, whose low-lying country has already grappled with the worst impacts of climate change, said the time for empty rhetoric had ended. 'Why should we do anything, just look at the USA,' they say. "You are failing us".
Among the list of those absent will be US President Donald Trump, who pulled his country out of the Paris Accord upon taking power and has made slashing environmental regulations a key part of his platform.
"We are all Greta", another resistance activist proclaimed, sharing a photo of Thunberg scowling at Trump next to a photo of her meeting his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Or, as someone said at Friday's rally on the Capitol steps: The world will go on, but we will not be able to live on it.
In a sign of her growing prominence, Thunberg's remarks at the climate summit immediately preceded speeches from leaders such as Pope Francis and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern.
"Time is running out, but it's not too late", he said. "And change is coming, whether you like it or not". "If you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you".
The corridors of the United Nations were filled Saturday with young people in formal suits and ties, dresses, and traditional wear from their home countries, and others wearing simple t-shirts and jeans.