BY the time 15-year-old Greta Thumberg is 45, tens of millions of people are expected to have fled their homes as climate change unleashes a maelstrom of extreme weather, crop failures and devastating forest fires.

Although it's her parents generation and those before who who have made climate change possible, it is the billions of young people like her who will bare the brunt.

And she's had enough.
''It's us who are going to live in this world. If I live to be 100 I will be alive in 2103 and that is a long time in the future,'' she told AFP at the COP24 climate talks.

''We will have to live with the mess that older generations have made. We will have to clean it up for them. That is not fair.''

Greta has become a leading name in the growing campaign from youth across the planet, pleading on lawmakers and corporations to slash  greenhouse emissions and avert runaway global warming.

Officials from nearly 200  nations were at the climate summit in Poland trying to agree on a  rulebook  that will make good on the pledges they made under the  2015 Paris agreement.

The treaty aims to limit global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius [ 3.6 Fahrenheit]  and beneath the safer threshold of 1.5C  if at all possible .

But with just 1C warming so far, Earth is already being  buffeted by superstorms, droughts and flooding made worse by rising seas.

And the  World Bank has warned  that if action is not taken by world governments, 143 million ''climate migrants'' will be displaced by 2050.

Greta and her actor father Svante, were at the COP24 talks in the Polish mining city of Katowice to call on lawmakers to act now for the good of future generation.

And they want everyone else to do their bit. After learning about impacts of the  carbon emissions, Greta insisted that her family become vegan and give up flying.

''For me none of this is sacrifice, I don't need those things,'' she said.  I understand that some people see it as sacrifice. People don't want to stop flying but it's just something we have to do. There's no other option.''

*Humanity's biggest crisis*
Greta shot to fame back home after she began a  one-child strike outside the  Swedish Parliament , which said she will continue until the government commits to action that will honor the promise it made in Paris.

She said that despite the irrefutable evidence of the dangers posed by climate change, politicians will refuse to take the issue seriously. [Agencies]


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