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Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

April 19, 2019
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Swedish teenager and environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a Fridays for Future rally, in Rome, Friday, April 19, 2019. Thunberg was in Rome to headline Friday's "school strike," the growing worldwide youth movement she spearheaded, demanding faster action against climate change.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate.

While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate movement, Italian classrooms were already shut for Easter vacation.

Thunberg told reporters: “I don’t enjoy attention but I enjoy making a difference.”

Since she doesn’t fly to help the environment, the Swedish 16-year-old, asked what she’d do if she went to Washington or to U.N. headquarters in New York, said: “I guess I would have to take a boat.”

On Wednesday, Thunberg chatted briefly with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. She said Francis, who champions environmental protection, was “very kind, encouraging” to her.