Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who spoke at a meeting in Charlotte, NC, on Friday, shut down a heckler who was trying to interrupt her speech.
"I think if you want to talk to me personally you might be able to do it later," Thunberg said before the crowd erupted and sang his first name.
The 16-year-old, who has traveled around North America to raise awareness about climate change, asked youth leaders to speak out in the fight against global warming when she paused when someone near the scene was trying to talk about her.
"It can be difficult in times like these to find hope, I can tell you," said Thunberg before the break. "And I can tell you that I have not found much hope with politicians and companies. It is the people who are now our greatest source of hope.
" While we young people may not be able to vote or make decisions today, we have something equally powerful, "she said." And those are our voices. And we have to use them. "
As she had in previous speeches, Thunberg punished adults for their lack of combating climate change.
"We young people are the future," she continued. "There is not enough time to wait for us to grow up and be the ones responsible because we have to deal with the climate and the ecological crisis right now."
"If the adults and the power people are too immature to realize that, then we must tell them," Thunberg added. "Change comes whether you like it or not."
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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke with hundreds of climate change activists at a rally at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton on Friday (Manuel Carrillos / CBC News)
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The Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg leaves the scene after talking about the climate strike in Montreal, Quebec, Friday 27 September 2019. (Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press via AP)  Teen activist Greta Thunberg, climate change, signs a book when she gets the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante after a climate strike march in Montreal, Quebec, Canada September 27, 2019. REUTERS / Andrej Ivanov
Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks after the climate strike march in Montreal, Quebec, Canada September 27, 2019. REUTERS / Andrej Ivanov
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Sweden, addresses the climate summit at the UN General Assembly, at the UN headquarters, Monday, September 23, 2019. (AP Photo / Jason DeCrow)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, right, shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the climate summit for young people at UN headquarters, Saturday, September 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Activity climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, speaks at a committee of the Foreign Affairs Committee that belongs to climate change on Wednesday 18 September. , 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, center, who has urged world leaders to step up their efforts towards global warming, applauds remarks from the late Ed Markey, D-Mass., President of the Senate Climate Change Task Force , at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, September 17, 2019. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)
Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, marches with other young climate activists for a climate strike outside the White House in Washington, Friday September 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives outside the UN to take part in a demonstration, Friday September 6, 2019 in New York. She will speak at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23. She will join world leaders who will present plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, on the left, meets US General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Friday, August 30, 2019 at the UN headquarters. Thunberg is scheduled to address the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)
Climate activists hold a peace sign gesture during a climate strike outside the UN, Friday, August 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg participates in a youth climate strike outside the UN, Friday August 30, 2019 in New York. Thunberg is scheduled for the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sails in the port of New York aboard Malizia II, Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Yacht with zero release left Plymouth, England on August 14. She is scheduled to attend the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist speaks in front of a large number of people after sailing in the port of New York aboard Malizia II, Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Yacht with allowances left Plymouth, England on August 14th. She is scheduled for the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sails into New York harbor aboard Malizia II, Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Yacht with emission rights left Plymouth, England on August 14. She is scheduled to attend the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)
Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg sails under Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her transatlantic crossing to attend a UN summit on climate change in New York, USA, August 28, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Segar
For more than a year, Thunberg has been attending climate meetings on Friday in cities around the world. In September, she attended the UN Climate Summit in New York, holding an angry and excited speech that condemned world leaders for not doing more to fight climate change.
"This is all wrong," Thunberg said. “I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school across the sea, but you come to us young people for hope. How dare you. "
The speech at the UN attracted the attention of President Trump, who mocked the teenager in a tweet.
" She seems like a very happy young girl who looks forward to a bright and wonderful future, "Trump wrote." see! "
Thunberg responded by changing his Twitter bio to read:" A very happy young girl who looks forward to a bright and wonderful future. "
In an interview with Yahoo News in Iowa in September, Thunberg said that powerful men like Trump "want to silence" young climate activists like her.
"They may feel we are making an impact," she said. "They obviously don't want it. So they use several methods to mock and hate. "
Last week, Thunberg told Ellen DeGeneres that she would not like to meet Trump even if they had the opportunity.
" I don't understand why I would do it, "Thunberg said. “I don't see what I could tell him that he hasn't heard already. And I just think it would be a waste of time, really. ”
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