Climate activist Greta Thunberg is at it again, making headlines for her passionate stance on climate change and for putting world leaders in their place.
On Monday, the bold sixteen-year-old from Sweden spoke out at the United Nations Climate Action Summit where she accused world leaders of failing her generation.
Thunberg made it clear that the science behind climate change is unwavering – just as it has been for the last thirty years, and yet the most powerful people on Earth do nothing but continue to “talk about money.”
“I shouldn’t be here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” she stated. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
Wearing a strong and resolute expression, she told a room full of powerful world leaders: “You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”
People can’t get over her speech… or the death stare the teen shot right at Donald Trump – a big naysayer of climate change.
Of course, in true Donald Trump fashion, he tweeted about it.
The President tweeted a video of the passionate young lady fighting for a rightful cause – this planet we all depend on – with a sarcastic comment: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
Her speech was full of powerful messages…
“I refuse to believe the popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.”
“50% may be acceptable to you,” she said. “But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution, or the aspects of equity and climate justice.”
“They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your co2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So, a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us.”
There are a lot of different opinions about Ms. Thunberg floating around. Some people love everything she stands for and the fresh young face she brings to the climate change movement.
Other people claim that she is an indoctrinated child who is being coerced by adults to fight their political battles without criticism because she is a child.
No matter how you feel about the intelligent young woman who is far beyond her years, one thing is for certain…
You can watch her entire speech below
The argument on climate change is an important one and change is unarguably needed to save our Planet from absolute destruction.
According to Elizabeth Warren, we are far too focused on cheeseburgers, plastic straws and light bulbs. She tweeted: “This is exactly what fossil fuel industries want us to talk about … but 70% of the pollution comes from three industries. We can set our targets and say no more by 2035.”
Who is Greta Thunberg?
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who is incredibly passionate about climate change. She has spoken out to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, claiming worldwide attention.
She was born on January 3, 2003 in Stockholm to two loving parents, opera singer Malena Ernman and actore Svante Thunberg.
She wrote an essay in May 2018 that ended up winning a competition held by a Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. “I want to feel safe. How can I feel safe when I know we are in the greatest crisis in human history?” she wrote.
Thereafter, she tried to get other students interested in her cause but found no one was really interested. And so, she decided to go ahead and strike by herself.
In 2018, Thunberg took time off school to protest in front of the Swedish parliament, holding a sign calling for stronger action against climate change. Her actions prompted other students to engage in similar protests within their own communities, just as she’d hoped for all along.
From there, students around the world banded together to create a school climate strike movement called Fridays for Future.
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Change is coming, whether you like it or not. Millions of people marching for the climate today. Estimates say 270’000 in Berlin. 100’000 in Hamburg. 100’000 in London. Up to 400’000 in Australia. But this image from today’s march in Kabul, Afghanistan is one of the most powerful we’ve seen so far… #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture
Following her speech at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes proceeded to take place every week all around the world.
In 2019, the world saw at least two coordinated multi-city protests that involved over one-million pupils.
Thunberg is well-known for her blunt public speaking manner. She has no qualms when it comes to putting powerful political leaders in their place and demanding immediate action against climate change.
She exercises the same persuasion at home with her parents who she has convinced to make lifestyle changes to reduce their carbon footprint, such as giving up air travel and not eating meat.
At the end of the day, she’s just a 16 year old girl on a mission to make a positive difference.
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