Feature: Turkish pupils strike for action on climate change in Istanbul
The five-year-old made the remarks to reporters in Istanbul on the shoulders of her father.
In October last year, a UN report warned of a possible rise in temperatures by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2060 and 2052 should the world fail to curb the global warming.
"We are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes," a young speaker told the crowd.
The pupils, mostly aged between seven and 12, were inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who started missing school every Friday in September last year to strike for climate in front of the Swedish parliament.
Mavi was joining about 60 Turkish pupils who missed school on Friday to gather together in a park along the Bosphorus Strait to appeal for action on climate change.
The Greta-style strike has spread to around 60 countries and gone viral on Twitter with the hashtag "Friday for future."
Parents, teachers and members of environmental groups were also present at the park to show solidarity with the young protesters.
by Zeynep Cermen
A day earlier, Greta tweeted: "Tomorrow we school strike for the climate in 1,769 places in 112 countries around the world. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is needed. Let's change history. And let's never stop for as long as it takes."
In a world where the adults remain silent, it is up to the children to defend the planet, said Irem Cetinor, another environmentalist.
"We have to stop the emission of greenhouse gases," another one added.
ISTANBUL, March 15 (Xinhua) -- "If trees die, I will die too," said Mavi, a Turkish little girl.
"Today, children all over the world skip schools and go into action," Hayrettin Nida Kucuk, an environmental activist, told Xinhua.
In Istanbul's Bebek Park, the pupils called for the authorities to "fix the climate," carrying banners that read, "Make world great again" and "Greta, we are behind you."
"They are protesting the inactivity of the world countries on the climate crisis," he said.