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Young climate change activists demanded a greater role in decision-making Saturday as they met leaders at U.N. headquarters, saying that their growing voice on the streets has yet to earn them a seat at the political table.

“The decisions about our future are still being made largely without us,” said Marina Melanidis, a Canadian delegate at the gathering, held ahead of a U.N. summit Monday aimed at accelerating action to tackle global warming. “Young people deserve to co-design their own futures — and honestly, you can’t do that without us,” she told United Nations officials.

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