“World leaders have left us no choice,” said 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor of New York about the sit-in.

U.N. security threatened to “de-badge” the activists unless they left the stage.

The action took place after a plenary that included speeches from teen activist and newly-minted Time Person of the Year Greta Thunberg of Sweden and youth climate activist Hilda Flavia Nakabuye of Uganda.

“I am the voice of dying children, misplaced women, and people suffering at the hands of the climate crisis created by rich countries,” Nakabuye told the audience.

Reacting to the sit-in, author and climate act Bill McKibben said on Twitter, “Time for negotiators to face the people whose lives they are negotiating away.”

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