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"I don't see a reason to not listen to the science," Thunberg told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "It's not just a thing we should be taking for granted. We listen to the current best-available, united science. It's just something we should do. This is not political opinion or views, this is science."
Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, has attracted world-wide attention for encouraging global student-led strikes, known as "Fridays for the Future." She's earned a celebrity reputation in the U.S. among young people, appearing on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and sharing a fist bump with former President Barack Obama during a visit on Tuesday.
Just 16, @GretaThunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates. Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change, she’s unafraid to push for real action. She embodies our vision at the @ObamaFoundation: A future shaped by young leaders like her. pic.twitter.com/VgCPAaDp3C— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2019
When asked by lawmakers on Capitol Hill how to get young people involved, she said adults should "tell them the truth."
"Tell them how it is," she said. "Because when I found out I was furious. I wanted to do something about it."
"For everyone one ton of carbon emissions we produce in the United States," Graves said during the hearing Wednesday. "China has increased by 4 tons, more than offsetting all the reductions that we have had in the United States."
Thunberg responded that China's emissions levels shouldn't be an excuse for the U.S. to back off its own efforts to limit greenhouse gases.
"I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action."— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 18, 2019
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared before Congress to urge lawmakers to "listen to the scientists" and embrace global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. https://t.co/Rik2UcuJDt pic.twitter.com/oEgGFdNsTu
"I am from Sweden, a small country. And there, it is the same argument. 'Why should we do anything, just look at the U.S.,' they say. So, just so you know, that is being used against you as well."
Thunberg traveled to the U.S. by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to reduce her carbon footprint. She is expected to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City later this month.