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‘We must always carry on’: Greta Thunberg leads thousands in Iowa Climate Strike march

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shaunl/iStock(IOWA CITY, IA) — Thousands of climate marchers gathered in Iowa City, Iowa, Friday as part of the ongoing global Climate Strike marches. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who helped spearhead these “Fridays for Future” protests, made an appearance at the Iowa march.

Thunberg has called on governments and corporations around the world to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions and heed the warnings from scientists. She’s said there is too much politicking with climate change policies. There should be no debate about the dangerous effects of climate change because it’s all backed by science. During Friday’s speech in Iowa, Thunberg took direct aim at world and United Nations leaders.

“We told world leaders to act on the science, and we demanded a safe future for us and for everyone, but they didn’t’ listen,” Thunberg said Friday, speaking at the Iowa climate protest. “As we all know, the UN climate action summit was a failure … But no matter what, we need to continue. No matter how hopeless the situation may seem like, we must always carry on. Must never allow ourselves to give up. That is simply not an option. We teenagers and children shouldn’t have to take the responsibility, but right now, the world leaders keep acting like children and somebody needs to be the adult.”

“All we’re saying is unite behind the science and listen to the scientists,” Thunberg tweeted Thursday. “Either you stand behind the Paris Agreement and the IPCC, or you don’t. In this case, there’s no middle ground. You must include the full picture.”

Thunberg has routinely become the focus on conservative backlash against the climate change movement. Just this week, A Waterloo, Iowa, teacher was placed on leave after writing what appeared to be a threated directed toward Thunberg on Facebook. On a post about the climate activist visiting Iowa, Waterloo High School science teacher Matt Baish purportedly wrote “don’t have my sniper rifle,” according to local ABC station KCRG.

“Well over 7 million people joined the climate strikes. Over 7 million people in more than 180 countries. And that is not something you can continue to ignore,” Thunberg said Friday at the march.

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