Greta Thunberg joins climate protest near White House

  • Video report by ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore

The Swedish teenager who has sparked a youth-driven push for action on climate change has taken part in a protest in Washington.

Greta Thunberg joined about 1,500 protesters, many of them schoolchildren, who marched and chanted near the White House.

The 16-year-old has gained international attention by inspiring protests and school strikes demanding immediate action to avert environmental catastrophe.

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

Last month, Greta crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a solar-powered boat, landing in New York on August 28.

She is in Washington for several days of rallies and lobbying efforts in advance of a global climate strike declared for September 20.

The protest took place near the White House in Washington Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

She will also address the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23.