- Title: Young boy shields Greta Thunberg from photographers
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) WIDE OF CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT WITH U.S. SENATOR ED MARKEY SPEAKING AND SWEDISH CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG SEATED NEARBY (RIGHT) PHOTOGRAPHERS ANGLING TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THUNBERG, YOUNG BOY STEPPING IN FRONT OF THUNBERG TO SHIELD HER FROM MEDIA WIDE OF 17-YEAR-OLD CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST NADIA NAZAR FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WALKING UP TO MICROPHONE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST NADIA NAZAR FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND SAYING: "And we don't want to just make the planet livable for our generation. We want to make the planet sustainable for all, for generations after us. We don't want to just survive, we want to thrive. We want to be able to live normal lives on this beautiful planet like how our parents did, and our ancestors did. Just like how many of these elected officials and many of you all have lived for the vast majority of your lives." UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN ASKING THUNBERG: "Would it be okay if I put a microphone on you? THUNBERG: "I guess I have to." UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN: "Are you okay with that. We'll do it really quickly." WHITE FLASH THUNBERG WALKING
- Embargoed: 1st October 2019 16:32
- Keywords: Greta Thunberg Swedish climate change activist Washington boy Aspergers
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX1RPS7
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- Story Text: Photographers hoping to get a shot of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg had to contend with a young boy who attempted to shield the often shy teenager from the media on Tuesday (September 17).
The spontaneous act of chivalry elicited a smile from Thunberg.
Thunberg, who shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, was attending an event on Capitol Hill and had opted not to speak at the event, choosing instead to listen as other teens spoke about their own environmental concerns.
Thunberg's six-day visit to Washington has been filled with high-profile events including protesting outside the White House on Friday (September 13). Thunberg, 16, is in the U.S. to try and pressure the Trump administration and Congress ahead of a United Nations climate summit, where world leaders will be asked to ramp up their carbon emissions cutting to fend off global warming.
Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year after the number of students taking part in her strikes - dubbed "Fridays for Future" - broke 2 million across 135 countries. She was named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine in May.
(Production: Kevin Fogarty, Deborah Gembara)
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