Rather than delivering prepared remarks, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg submitted a landmark United Nations report on global warming as testimony at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday and urged federal lawmakers to heed experts’ warnings about the necessity of ambitious, urgent efforts to address the planetary emergency.
“I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don’t want you to listen to me,” said the Fridays for Future founder. “I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action.”
Thunberg appeared at a joint hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (pdf) that Thunberg submitted was released last October by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Warning that “climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet,” the report called for “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” reforms on a global scale to avert climate catastrophe.