Greta Thunberg scolds Congress on climate action: 'I know you are trying but just not hard enough'
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Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg called on Congress to step up its efforts in the fight against climate change while speaking at a Senate forum on Tuesday.

“I know you are trying but just not hard enough,” she told senators while attending a meeting held by the Senate Climate Change Task Force in Washington, according to The Associated Press. She was reportedly one of a number of climate activists invited to speak to the group. 

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Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden whose climate activism sparked demonstrations across the globe, reportedly went on to tell lawmakers at the forum to “save your praise,” adding that she and other protesters “don’t want it.”

“Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything,” she said, according to The Guardian.

“If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard,” Thunberg added.

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyFlight attendant union endorses Markey in Senate primary battle Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE (D-Mass.), who attended the event, told Thunberg that lawmakers "hear what you’re saying" and "will redouble our efforts," The Guardian reported.

Thunberg is also reportedly expected to meet later this week with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-N.Y.), who co-sponsored the Green New Deal with Markey earlier this year.

The teenage climate activist is scheduled to testify at a joint hearing on Wednesday morning before House lawmakers to discuss the global youth climate movement.