Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist, doesn't plan on meeting president Trump when she attends the United Nation's Climate Action Summit in New York next month.
Speaking to CBS in an interview shared online on Tuesday, she said:
Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?
I can’t say anything that he hasn’t already heard.
President Trump has repeatedly said that climate change doesn't exist, even calling it a 'hoax'. In 2017, he pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at combatting the growing climate crisis, reports the Huffington Post.
Thunberg set sail from Plymouth in the UK, to the United States aboard a 60-foot solar-powered yacht, the Malizia II, alongside her father and a film crew. The technologically advanced racing sailboat generates electricity using solar panels and underwater turbines.
The journey across the Atlantic is expected to take two weeks, and next month, Thunberg will speak at the UN Climate Change Action Summit, before sailing to a UN Climate Conference in Chile.
In a statement about her trip, she said:
The science is clear.
We must start bending the [carbon] emissions curve steeply downwards no later than 2020, if we still are to have a chance of staying below a 1.5 [Celsius] degrees of global temperature rise.