United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, from left, pose before the R20 Austrian world summit at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
BERLIN – Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is urging world leaders to acknowledge that global warming "is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced."
Thunberg told political and business leaders at a conference in Austria on Tuesday that it's their job to inform the public about the seriousness of the situation and the need for drastic action.
The 16-year-old Swede said "we must admit that we are losing this battle," and blasted politicians who talk about climate change before getting onto private jets.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world isn't doing enough to meet the Paris climate agreement's goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).
Guterres also called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, saying taxpayers' money shouldn't be used to destroy the planet.