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Greta Thunberg inspires while Donald Trump is mocked at the UN Climate Summit

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Last Friday, millions of people in 150 countries across the globe took to the streets to urge world leaders to enact dramatic solutions to combat climate change.

The Climate Strike was inspired, in part, by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has captured worldwide attention for her tireless work to hold lawmakers responsible for the climate crisis.

The strike gave people across the planet the opportunity to make their voices heard before the U.N. General Assembly Climate Summit in New York City on Monday.


Thunberg was invited to speak in the U.N. assembly hall at the summit and she gave a passionate speech directed at world leaders, chastising them for inaction and leaving the crisis to the next generation.

"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean," she said sternly.

She criticized U.N. leaders for their weakness in turning to the younger generation for inspiration when it should be the other way around.

"You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones," she continued. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing."

She then posed an important question: If the science has been clear for 30 years, why have you done so little?

"You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that," she continued. "Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe."

Thunberg concluded her remarks by saying, "The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."

RELATED: 25 of the funniest signs from the global Climate Strike

Shortly after Thunberg's remarks, President Trump made a surprise visit to the same auditorium to see speeches by Indian Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Merkel. Trump is one of the few world leaders who denies the indisputable science surrounding climate change.

He then left to head a panel on religious freedom, which is bizarre for a man who banned Muslims from entering the U.S. and suggested they be monitored by surveillance squads.

He also has a very loose grasp of The Bible for a man who claims to be chosen by God to lead the country.

RELATED: Breaking down the conspiracy theory mindset at the heart of climate change denial

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a jab at the president during a panel discussion in front of the U.N General Assembly.

"Let me also thank President Trump for coming today to the United Nations — hopefully our discussions here will be useful for you when you formulate climate policy," he said.

The audience reacted with a few chuckles before erupting into full-blown laughter.

This isn't the first time Trump has been mocked at the UN. Last year, UN representatives laughed in his face when he made bogus claims about his administration's successes.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country...so true," he said, before chuckles began to roll through the crowd.

"Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK," he responded, inspiring the entire hall to burst out in laughter.

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the far-reaching conversation, Clinton and the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" and, without a doubt, the best interviewer in America discussed everything from Donald Trump's inauguration to her sexuality.

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Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


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Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

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Solar powered phone charger

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Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

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Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

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Reusable Keurig cups

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Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

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Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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