Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to an audience during an event.
Greta Thunberg has said that the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.
In an exclusive interview with the media, Thunberg said: "People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things... We cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet".
She said the lockdown has given her time to relax and reflect away from the public gaze.
Thunberg shared with the media the text of a deeply personal programme she has made for Swedish Radio.
In the radio programme, which went online on Saturday morning, the young activist looks back on the year in which she became one of the world's most high-profile celebrities.
The then 16-year-old took a sabbatical from school to spend a tumultuous year campaigning on the climate.
It was in the UN that she delivered her famous "how dare you" speech. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words", she told the world leaders gathered in the UN Assembly last.
Thunberg told that she knew it was a "lifetime moment" and decided not to hold anything back.
The activist said that the only positive that could come out of the coronavirus pandemic would be if it changes how we deal with global crises: "It shows that in a crisis, you act, and you act with necessary force.
Thunberg said she was encouraged that politicians were now stressing the importance of listening to scientists and experts.
But she remains deeply pessimistic over keeping any temperature increases within safe boundaries.
Even if countries actually deliver the carbon reductions they've promised, we'll still be heading for a "catastrophic" global temperature rise of 3-4 degrees, she told.
While most of her peers are preparing for university or enjoying summer vacation, 17-year-old Howey Ou is braving intimidation and criticism in China to save the world from climate catastrophe.
Now to collect data that can help presage drastic weather changes and keep people abreast of research in climate change, Air New Zealand is converting one of its domestic aircraft into a flying environmental monitor as part of a world-first project with Nasa.
Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a new generation of activists to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, urged world leaders to listen to young people on Tuesday.
GCC countries extended their greetings to the Saudi leadership on the occasion. Major landmarks and many official and private entities decorated their headquarters with Saudi flags and malls announced special events and activities for the occasion.
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