"The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening, when in fact nearly nothing is being done, apart from clever accounting and creative PR", said Thunberg, who later Wednesday was named Time magazine's "person of the year".
Time has chosen a "Person of the Year" since 1927, though the distinction originally was called "Man of the Year". "While we see some incremental steps towards sustainable business models, it is nowhere near the scope or scale required", he said.
"All parties need to join hands in opposing all forms of unilateralism, including trade protectionism and stay the course in our collective efforts to tackle climate change", said Zhao in his speech. But she added that "it should be everyone in the Fridays for Future movement because what we have done, we have done together".
A year and a half ago, the world had no idea who Greta Thunberg was.
The activist addressed the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Madrid Wednesday morning, bluntly criticizing world leaders for "negotiating loopholes" and using PR to make it appear they are achieving bold climate targets. But others have criticized the teenager's sometimes combative tone.
With less than 72 hours left to reach a deal on key measures in the fight against global warming, major countries at a United Nations meeting on climate change took the floor to stake out their positions - showing that deep differences remain to be breached. But she added that the media should also pay attention to other activists and to the science connected to global warming.
She is now attending the COP25 meeting in Madrid, Spain, where she renewed her attack on the world's powerful, describing their efforts to tackle the climate emergency as "clever accounting and creative PR".
The Public Servants were named the Guardians of the Year by TIME Magazine, in recognition the whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and those who testified before Congress during impeachment hearings. That year, the honor went to airplane pilot Charles Lindbergh.
12-year-old Mari Copeny has been advocating for her hometown of Flint, Michigan, ever since a governmental decision to switch the water supply rendered water undrinkable and potentially lethal for residents.
She is the youngest individual to have won the accolade. He said that could create an environment unseen in Earth for more than 4 million years and could trigger disastrous domino effects for human life. But the name of the award was officially "Man of the Year" until 1999. Now millions of people march to protest the changes.