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Greta Thunberg urges EU voters to back child climate activists

Greta Thunberg speaking in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photo: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias

Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg has urged Europeans to vote in the EU elections next month.

During a visit to the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, Thunberg, 16, told a press conference that time is running out to stop the ravages of global warming.

"I think it is essential to vote in the European Union election," Thunberg said when asked about the May 23rd-26th elections for a new European Parliament.

"I'm not going to vote in the European election because I can't," she said, because she is too young to vote in Sweden.

"Therefore it's especially important for those who actually can vote to give us that in order to speak on behalf of people like me who are going to be affected very much by this crisis."

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Following a meeting with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Thunberg urged voters to use the opportunity to "influence the decisions" on climate taken by elected and appointed officials.

"We still have an open window that is not going to be open for long in which we can act," she said. "So we need to take that opportunity to do something and they [politicians] should do something."

During a visit to Brussels in February, Thunberg urged the EU to double its aRead More – Source

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