Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden whose activism for climate change sparked  demonstrations across Europe, called the idea of meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE a “waste” as she prepares to sail for the U.S. later this month.

When asked during a brief interview with CBS News released Tuesday about whether she would entertain the idea of meeting with Trump, the activist asked: “Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?”


“How would you rate the United States climate change efforts?” the interviewer also asked Thunberg. 

“Not very high,” Thunberg said, citing the country’s rising emissions.

According to a report released by the Rhodium Group, which tracks carbon dioxide emissions in the country, emissions saw a sharp rise in the U.S. last year after a three-year decline. 

The research firm said data collected showed that emissions rose by roughly 3.4 percent last year, which it said “marks the second largest annual gain in more than two decades — surpassed only by 2010 when the economy bounced back from the Great Recession.”

During the interview, Thunberg, who will be traveling to the U.S. later this month via a boat fueled by solar power to attend a United Nations summit, was also asked what can people do to fight climate change. 

“To get aware,” Thunberg said, “and to try to understand what is going on and what is happening and also, of course, to put pressure on people in power.”