Youth activists petition UN to declare ‘systemwide climate emergency’

Youth activists petition UN to declare ‘systemwide climate emergency’

Greta Thunberg among young people filing legal suit for climate crisis to be declared a global level 3 emergency

Greta Thunberg and youth climate activists from around the world are filing a legal petition to the UN secretary-general urging him to declare a “system-wide climate emergency”.

As Cop26 enters its final days, climate campaigners were due to file a legal document on Wednesday calling on António Guterres to use emergency powers to match the level of response adopted for the coronavirus pandemic by pronouncing the climate crisis a global level 3 emergency – the UN’s highest category.

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