Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday and told him he and other politicians needed to do more on climate change.
The 16-year-old Swede is taking part in a climate strike in Canada.
On Friday, the climate strikes she inspired started in Asia and continued in Europe.
Thunberg – who has inspired millions of young people to take to the streets over climate change – denounced world leaders earlier this week for failing to take effective action on the issue.
Thunberg met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau privately for about 15 minutes. Later she was asked what her message to Trudeau had been.
“He is of course obviously not doing enough but… this is such a huge problem,” she said. “My message to all the politicians is the same, to just listen to the science, act on the science.”
Trudeau is promising more climate action but has also had to defend his decision to buy and expand a major oil pipeline in western Canada.
Thunberg’s comments about the Canadian leader come in the wake of a blackface scandal involving Trudeau earlier this month.
Trudeau begged forgiveness last week after a photo emerged of him in “brownface” makeup at a 2001 costume party.
Time magazine published the photo, saying it was taken from the yearbook of West Point Grey Academy, a private high school in British Columbia where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics. Trudeau, then 29, is seen wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.
Subsequent reports revealed other instances when Trudeau had donned “brownface” or “blackface.”
Pluralist contributed to this report.
- Greta Thunberg meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.: Screen grab