By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– A teenager drew a large crowd at Civic Center Park to talk about climate change on Friday. Greta Thunberg, 16, is a climate change activist from Sweden who addressed the United Nations last month.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

With a “climate strike” sign written in her native Swedish placed in front of her, she greeted the crowd of several thousand people.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

“It is so great to be here in Denver, in Colorado with all of you,” she said.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg drew large crowds at Civic Center Park on Oct. 11, 2019 (credit: CBS)

People including one group from Carbondale near Aspen who skipped school to be at the event.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

Alyssa Verwiebe told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger, “I think being here is a once in a lifetime opportunity thing.”

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

A group of 9-year-olds came to watch Greta because they have been studying climate change. They carried signs reading, “Activism is education” and “You’ll die of old age, I’ll die from climate change.” Those signs joined dozens of others in the crowd.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

Jessica Gavel is their teacher at the Denver Expeditionary School, “Now at this point of year they are ready to speak about it and take action support.”

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

Greta is the symbol of that theme.

“The people in power continue to ignore us and they have the available science. How dare they?” she asked.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

She began the climate strike standing outside the Swedish parliament.

“How dare they leave this mess for their own children to clean up and solve?” she said to applause.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

Her movement has taken her to the halls of Congress and the United Nations, lashing out at political leaders.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

“The world is waiting for change and change is coming whether you like it or not.”

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

The audience at the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park responded with repeated cheers of “Greta,” “Greta,” “Greta.”

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

The Western Energy Alliance responded to the anti-coal and gas rhetoric by pointing out a recent survey found most Americans favor oil and gas extraction and stating that natural gas is a beneficial source to address greenhouse gas emissions.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (credit: CBS)

Rick Sallinger

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