Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, center in blue, joins other young climate activists Friday for a climate strike outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Greta Thunberg brings environmental campaign to Washington

September 13, 2019 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who helped spark a youth-driven push for climate change, has come to Washington.

On Friday, Thunberg and about 1,500 protesters, many of them schoolchildren, marched and chanted near the White House.

Thunberg, who is 16, gained international attention by inspiring protests and school strikes demanding immediate actions to avert environmental catastrophe.

Her activism has drawn a passionate following of children essentially challenging their elders to take action.

Last month, Thunberg crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a solar-powered boat, landing in New York City in on Aug. 28. She is in Washington for several days of rallies and lobbying efforts in advance of a global climate strike declared for Sept. 20.

Thunberg will also address the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23.

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