The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

Translator: Akinori Oyama
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven When I was about eight years old, I first heard about something
called climate change or global warming. Apparently, that was something
humans had created by our way of living. I was told to turn off
the lights to save energy and to recycle paper to save resources. I remember thinking
that it was very strange that humans, who are
an animal species among others, could be capable of changing
the Earth’s climate. Because if we were,
and if it was really happening, we wouldn’t be talking
about anything else. As soon as you’d turn on the TV,
everything would be about that. Headlines, radio, newspapers, you would never read or hear
about anything else, as if there was a world war going on. But no one ever talked about it. If burning fossil fuels was so bad
that it threatened our very existence, how could we just continue like before? Why were there no restrictions? Why wasn’t it made illegal? To me, that did not add up. It was too unreal. So when I was 11, I became ill. I fell into depression, I stopped talking, and I stopped eating. In two months, I lost
about 10 kilos of weight. Later on, I was diagnosed
with Asperger syndrome, OCD and selective mutism. That basically means I only speak
when I think it’s necessary – now is one of those moments. (Applause) For those of us who are on the spectrum, almost everything is black or white. We aren’t very good at lying, and we usually don’t enjoy
participating in this social game that the rest of you seem so fond of. (Laughter) I think in many ways
that we autistic are the normal ones, and the rest of the people
are pretty strange, (Laughter) especially when it comes to
the sustainability crisis, where everyone keeps saying
climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before. I don’t understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or white. There are no gray areas
when it comes to survival. Either we go on
as a civilization or we don’t. We have to change. Rich countries like Sweden
need to start reducing emissions by at least 15 percent every year. And that is so that we can stay
below a two-degree warming target. Yet, as the IPCC
have recently demonstrated, aiming instead for 1.5 degrees Celsius would significantly
reduce the climate impacts. But we can only imagine
what that means for reducing emissions. You would think the media
and every one of our leaders would be talking about nothing else, but they never even mention it. Nor does anyone ever mention the greenhouse gases
already locked in the system. Nor that air pollution is hiding a warming so that when we stop burning fossil fuels, we already have an extra level of warming perhaps as high as
0.5 to 1.1 degrees Celsius. Furthermore does hardly
anyone speak about the fact that we are in the midst
of the sixth mass extinction, with up to 200 species
going extinct every single day, that the extinction rate today is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than what is seen as normal. Nor does hardly anyone ever speak about
the aspect of equity or climate justice, clearly stated everywhere
in the Paris Agreement, which is absolutely necessary
to make it work on a global scale. That means that rich countries need to get down to zero emissions
within 6 to 12 years, with today’s emission speed. And that is so that people
in poorer countries can have a chance to heighten
their standard of living by building some of the infrastructure
that we have already built, such as roads, schools, hospitals, clean drinking water,
electricity, and so on. Because how can we expect
countries like India or Nigeria to care about the climate crisis if we who already have everything
don’t care even a second about it or our actual commitments
to the Paris Agreement? So, why are we not reducing our emissions? Why are they in fact still increasing? Are we knowingly causing
a mass extinction? Are we evil? No, of course not. People keep doing what they do because the vast majority
doesn’t have a clue about the actual consequences
of our everyday life, and they don’t know
that rapid change is required. We all think we know,
and we all think everybody knows, but we don’t. Because how could we? If there really was a crisis, and if this crisis was caused
by our emissions, you would at least see some signs. Not just flooded cities,
tens of thousands of dead people, and whole nations leveled
to piles of torn down buildings. You would see some restrictions. But no. And no one talks about it. There are no emergency meetings,
no headlines, no breaking news. No one is acting
as if we were in a crisis. Even most climate scientists
or green politicians keep on flying around the world,
eating meat and dairy. If I live to be 100,
I will be alive in the year 2103. When you think about the future today,
you don’t think beyond the year 2050. By then, I will, in the best case,
not even have lived half of my life. What happens next? The year 2078, I will celebrate
my 75th birthday. If I have children or grandchildren,
maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you, the people who were around, back in 2018. Maybe they will ask
why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act. What we do or don’t do right now
will affect my entire life and the lives of my children
and grandchildren. What we do or don’t do right now, me and my generation
can’t undo in the future. So when school
started in August of this year, I decided that this was enough. I set myself down on the ground
outside the Swedish parliament. I school striked for the climate. Some people say that I
should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study
to become a climate scientist so that I can “solve the climate crisis.” But the climate crisis
has already been solved. We already have
all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is
to wake up and change. And why should I be studying for a future
that soon will be no more when no one is doing anything
whatsoever to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts
in the school system when the most important facts given by the finest science
of that same school system clearly means nothing
to our politicians and our society. Some people say that Sweden
is just a small country, and that it doesn’t matter what we do, but I think that if a few children
can get headlines all over the world just by not coming to school
for a few weeks, imagine what we could all do
together if you wanted to. (Applause) Now we’re almost at the end of my talk, and this is where people
usually start talking about hope, solar panels, wind power,
circular economy, and so on, but I’m not going to do that. We’ve had 30 years of pep-talking
and selling positive ideas. And I’m sorry,
but it doesn’t work. Because if it would have, the emissions would have gone down by now. They haven’t. And yes, we do need hope, of course we do. But the one thing we need
more than hope is action. Once we start to act,
hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come. Today, we use 100 million
barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules
to keep that oil in the ground. So we can’t save the world
by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change — and it has to start today. Thank you. (Applause)

Comments (100)

  1. Sorry, but she has been brainwashed by her parents, school system, etc. She has done a great job of memorization. The vast majority of what she believes is just not true but has been spun by the IPCC and other globalists. As the climate in Europe continues to get colder and crops continue to fail at alarming rates, remember Al Gore said there would be no snow in the year 2000 and that back in the 70s, the same believers in scientism were alarming everyone that we were headed for a new ice age. She talks about reducing emissions as though CO2 is a pollutant. Well, it's not, it's absolutely necessary for human existence. If we reduce CO2 to 150ppm plant life all over the world dies. If plants die, we die. Previously, when CO2 was much higher, we had tropical conditions in Alaska, Antartica, and other widely dispersed regions of the world. It was a veritable Garden of Eden. We are currently in an interglacial period of an ice age. The earth is much colder than normal. Why do we want to cool the earth. Science by consensus is not science.

  2. This little girl is way to parinoid ,and climate change is a " theory" not proven as the world has cycled many times in the past. I really don't like a little girl spouting facts she read somewhere to try to shame us adults cuz we are to stupid campared to her. This is the same show that recently said that child molesters shouldn't be shamed or harrased. What is this? The United Socialists club. This kid needs a real life.

  3. Ask her about chemtrails

  4. she looks pretty modern to me. using electricity, running water, claims disability so she doesn't have to work for a living. she's a typical welfare person. hypocrite. does she live in a tent, outside,??? no. she doesn't sound disabled to me

  5. she looks pretty modern to me. using electricity, running water, claims disability so she doesn't have to work for a living. she's a typical welfare person. hypocrite. does she live in a tent, outside,??? no. she doesn't sound disabled to me

  6. What does a silly girl know it’s China India etc needs to change

  7. What a joke….CO2 is .04 of one percent of the atmosphere…Climate change has turned from global warming to climate change…which is it…..Even if humans had an effect on CO2, if we had an effect, how much of the .04 percent of the total do humans have…????? Doom and gloom…..One big valcano has more effect than all of humanity….Liberals will believe the world is ending…..GIVE YOUR MONEY LIBERALS..

  8. Why do they have to use kids to do this? Im a liberal but what are they thinking, is her cuteness supposed to make the speech that was written for her any more effective? If thats what they're trying to do then Ive lost all hope.


  10. Wirtschaft vor Umwelt à la Jair Bolsonaro und Sebastian Kurz wird die Gletscher nicht retten 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕!

  11. This whole Greta Story is faked from the Left wing politicans.

    Yes we all should watch for planet earth, but we dont need fake kids that bring this to us in this way.

    Go home Greta

  12. Our children are being indoctrinated with this false 'climate change' scam and led into thinking that it is up to them to do something about it. Those who are promoting this false narrative need to stop now before more children are forced into this fraudulent 'science' and placed under such pressure 'to change the climate !! As if they or anyone else ever could !!!

  13. One of you wrote "a stupid girl …" and India or China should change ! … HOW STUPID COULD YOU BE ? It´s always easy to say that thew others have to change … I am sure AOU ARE AN AMERICAN PERSON AND f… Trump was you choice … NOW THE QUSTION IS: WHO is the stupid person? Great OR you ? If you can, think about it but please do it silent ! A World Member

  14. guess it was sunny day outside while this talk was happening with those lights, gretta in the spotlight, sunspots dear, the earth is not flat gretta. I'm, me, mine, my future, it's our future not just yours.

  15. Here is a 16 year old child that cannot understand any issues about so called climate change, a few facts for you stupid little girl
    1. Over the last 10 years land mass has grown by 44,000 square miles
    2. 2019 the ice mass grew in the ant arctic by 58 billion tons
    3. Fossil fuels only contribute 3 to 4 % to the carbon dioxide the oceans and forest contribute around 97% to the carbon dioxide
    4. Storms have not increased, weather patterns are cyclical
    5. The average temperature increase is within the parameters not what you are trying to sell
    6. Europe and China are the biggest polluters in the world to day

    Grow up and learn something, do not be so lazy and keep blaming everybody else,

  16. 16 year old climate activist???
    You mean actress…shes an actress.
    And not a very good one either, her parents should be arrested, that child should be at school….

  17. Are we dying or being killed

  18. I feel so sorry for this girl – thrust by fame-hungry media parents to be a child publicity machine for the climate change insanity. It is cruel beyond belief for them to whip up her anxiety and torment her young life with this nonsense. And now the poor kid is sailing across the Atlantic in a carbon fibre boat (very un-eco material, btw) in her latest gimmick: when her 6-person crew land, they will jet back to Europe. If it wasn't so tragic, it would be funny.

  19. Seriously intelligent 16 year old (15?)….speaks perfect english….is that normal in Sweden ? Great Swedish educational system.

  20. She is sincere and inspiring but the context around her activism should, and must, be questioned. Because the states are so high. Environmental activist Cory Morningstar offers penetrating well researched analysis in this article series:

  21. #UAreMEANT4USAll … #TheJOANOfArc4FightingTHEClimateCRISIS

  22. She is a puppet. She is experiencing fear and anxiety fed by what the people around her tells her. Her parents dress her like a child yet she is the age of a sophomore in high school here in the USA.

  23. Sixteen year old kid that looks like a primary school kid used to con the western world into paying for bullshit climate "emergency" that won't affect the rich but will punish the poor. Well done UN, well done!

  24. Thank you Greta. Excellent. Now please give your thoughts about the ongoing joint solar geoengineering project being undertaken by Professor David Keith of Harvard and Bill Gates of pumping millions of tonnes of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere which, Keith admits, will kill / has killed / continues to kill thousands of people. Thank you.

  25. I will never look at teds again..

  26. She reminds me of that "iconic statue" of the "Little Girl" heroically stopping the "Bull of Wall Street"
    The "Bull" that  represents growth, profit, prosperity as in jobs and taxes that pay for the Welfare State.
    Paid for by a International hedge fund manager no less
    Guess I will not be putting my money into their fund.

  27. No.were the normal ones.youre a little scary .the left loves to use kids.Because they’re seriously they have no shame.thank you by the way for pushing this disturbing kid with the dead eyes to talk down to us and adopt a do as I say not as I do the rest of the controllers.didn’t want to takes plane to America because it would contribute global warming so she sails on a carbon fiber sailboat the price of which I can’t even fathom so she is sponsored.By whom I do not know but this has all the ear marks of a Soros ploy plus if she fails he can drain her of her blood and edrenachrome..
    What they don’t advertise is the production of the boat created a much larger carbon footprint than the flight would’ve as did the flights required by the crew and Captain to get to the boat and home.

  28. We are in a crísis of the system. People do not believe in their politicians anymore. Modern technologies are subverting old organizations. AI and automation are coming, and with them a lot of structural unemployment.

  29. Pol Pots daughter.

  30. I share your tears, please don't give up

  31. This is exactly what social democrats were doing in Germany in the 1930s. Images of underage girls with braided hair promoting some totalitarian ideas were everywhere. The same type of people are reusing the same primitive and ugly trick, as if a handicap girl was a good substitute for critical thinking. By the way, her mental disability allows her to memorize lengthy speeches, all of which are prepared for her. None of it is authentic to any degree.

  32. She is a full joke. Check her father. Earns money with CO2 certificates.
    Dont fool yourself. There is a big campaign around her. Her boat cost 4 Million!

  33. What a load of rubbish. The clothes alone that she's wearing all came about from fossil fuels. These hippie tree huggers are so hypocritical.

  34. The poster child of globalists. Just a tool to be used and thrown away as soon as she will no longer be needed. And, idiots run chanting her name like she's some sort of a hero. Pathetic

  35. Why is this 16 year old kid dressing like a 12 year old?

  36. along with the talliban, hamas, and other terrorists, climate fakes hide behind children too. climate alarmists are all hypocrites because they don't live like the preach, they want government to fix things.

  37. I pray for Greta, she is being used by her parents and the world .
    An inconvenient truth, the Polar Bear population has risen from an estimated 12,000 in the 1960s to an estimated 25, 000 to 30,000 in 2019.
    Why does the left keep lying about that, as well as so many other things. Don't be fooled by them.

  38. I pray for Greta, she is being used by her parents and the world .
    An inconvenient truth, the Polar Bear population has risen from an estimated 12,000 in the 1960s to an estimated 25, 000 to 30,000 in 2019.
    Why does the left keep lying about that, as well as so many other things. Don't be fooled by them.

  39. Baaah baaah baaah

  40. The brainwashed kid who says wants to save the world but travels in gas driven vehicles, uses plastic and clothes made with chemicals (from crude oil) and cell phone and tablet derived from energy expensive and extractive processes…. bs and hypocrisy

  41. Hey UN… take your potato girl stooge and shove your agenda up your collectivist arses.

  42. Think you will be concerned about Climate 'change' when you are Dead? Which just about everyone breathing at this moment will be within 100yrs!

  43. It’s very sad when a child is being used as a false prophet for greenist political games.

  44. She obviously did not read up on a famous Swedish scientist who studied the climate his whole life! Dr. Goldberg. Now why was that? Because he could bring down any climate religionist with facts and figures in about five minutes!

    Rarely does one find a 16 year old that feels they still have something to learn when it comes to adults. Rarely does one find a marketer using a 16 year old to gain human guilt points in a political battle feeling guilty in any way.

  45. She's a demon seed. Needs to be put down.

  46. She's 16 but looks like a 8 year old. Poor kid has been programmed by her controllers for an agenda. We are all going to be pushed into full on austerity. I hope you are all going to enjoy it.

  47. Poor girl. She does not know that she is being used by assholes.

  48. I feel sorry for this little girl. Her parents should be stopped to use her.

  49. Poor little girl. Listening to the laughing background gives me the creeps.

  50. Its sad how they are deluding this poor mentally ill little girl then using her to promote their propaganda. Co2 isn't what's causing extinction, that's a separate issue. Co2 is plant food. Co2 increases plant growth and drought resistance. Increased Co2 is causing a global greening. This is an environmental revolution. Also Co2 causes warming by blocking a certain infrared spectrum. It can only block 100% of the spectrum. So it's inherently self limiting. Think of an exponential curve where as Co2 increases the temperature increases. However since it can't go past 100% the closer you get to 100% of the infrared spectrum blocked the less Co2 has an effect upon temperature increase.

    Next thing I want to point out. An increase in Co2 is like fertilizer for plants. Some portions of the planet have seen as much as a 50% increase in leaf growth. The planet is greening, this is an environmental revolution. We are a CARBON based life form. Hydro carbons aka fossil fuels are life that once lived upon our planet. Life potential that was lost. Life potential that we are restoring to the planet.

    Our world was in a desertification decline.

    Plants protect the earth from desertification. They retain moisture and prevent the sun from baking the earth. Loss of plant life accelerates desertification.

    Co2 is enhancing plant life while also increasing drought resistance. This is our chance to turn back the worlds deserts and create lush vegitation and vibrant life in it's place.

    The edges of the deserts are already starting to green.

    We sit on the brink of a miracle not the end of the world.

    It has an in built maximum. It can only block 100% of that spectrum. Increasing the Co2 means less from that spectrum can escape. It also means it has an in built maximum.

  51. The devil is most dangerous when she wears the mask of righteousness!

  52. Ma-ni-pu-la-ti-on🙄

  53. We do not have a climate crisis we have a fake news crisis. This is all about socialists wanting our money. Nothing more. It's always about money and control.

  54. Even if man abandoned all industry and went to live like the past..the earth would continue to warm up , because its not emissions thats causing the warming, its deforestation

  55. think she got a few screw loose

  56. Call it the American agreement and we will start to care about it.

  57. So she has severe mental issues?

  58. A friend of mine shared this video. He flies weekly between London and Singapore.
    When he's in Singapore he's definitely not worried about using the air con, when he's in London he drives a '96 BMW.

    Why do people feel the need to pay lip service to the cause de jour?

  59. Just adding my thoughts here.  I'm not doubting that Greta's heart is in the right place, and that she has her advisors, but if anyone thinks that dealing with climate change is a simple matter, they are not seeing the complete picture.  Greta says she is a vegetarian and presumably does not use leather, so what are her shoes made of? If not leather (leather, cattle, methane, global warming), then what? Cotton, or synthetic? And the soles, rubber, plastic, what? Her top might be cotton (the cotton industry uses power in the processing of it)but what is the fabric of the zip made of? It might be cotton or it might be synthetic. But the teeth on a zip are often steel or plastic and if they are steel, what industry makes them and what power does that industry use? Fossil fuel?  If the zip teeth are plastic, well we've all heard plenty about that!  The thread that sewed together her clothes is likely to be polyester, a synthetic.  The bands tying the ends of her plaits are made of what? Rubber? Elastic?   What does she wash her hair with, brush her teeth with…?   She chose to go by boat rather than aeroplane but what was the boat made of? How was it manufactured, using which of Earth's resources to do that?  I thought of these things a little while ago, while taking a microscopic look at my own carbon footprint.  I hope that Greta is taking a close look at her own and then she might see how complex a matter it really is. She is wrong when she makes the sweeping statements, that no one is doing anything about it.  They are.  Maybe not as fast as she, or we, would like but if she wants radical change then she has to make clear and feasible suggestions about where she thinks we are all going wrong and take a close look at herself in the process.  The problems of the world come down to one thing, as far as I can see.  Over population, and the solution to that is all down to younger generations.  That's it.  Ok, getting off my soapbox now.  😀

  60. The modern world has made your life comfortable Greta

  61. What is it coming to when univercity students think they know it all then some jerk puts a child on stage to tell all the unbiased scientists what they don't know.

  62. She should be in school .

  63. Utter rubbish – regurgitated bad left wing policy. No one believes it – 5 billion people don't care.

  64. I hope Jared Lee Loughner gets her.

  65. Much love to you Greta. Keep fighting we are with you. If you really care about this planet then watch my video by taping on my pic and help us spread awareness about climate change. Thank you.

  66. Greta, go back and be a kid, time to shut it! So melodramatic, weird voice, weird little girl. Really are you a scientist? You’re making money off of your drivel!

  67. Only a fool or a fraud believes in climate change (by CO2 as a driver) at least be honest enough to call it what it actually is, global socialism…

    "the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world's resources will be negotiated." -Ottmar Edenhofer (United Nations climate official)

    "One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole. We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy," -Ottmar Edenhofer (United Nations climate official)

  68. why is it possible to give a 10 time higher maximum for likes? what are the real counts of likes and dislikes?

  69. why is it possible to give a 10 time higher maximum for likes? what are the real counts of likes and dislikes?


  71. I'll apologize for them, I'm sorry their lies have made you feel you must speak out… Look at the science your self the lies are obvious if you just check the facts. 400 parts per million = .04% of the atmosphere is CO2 a trace gas at best, a trace gas can not change the climate.

  72. It's the biggest scam ever perpetuated on the world. I don't blame the simple little girl for thinking how she does. She is a puppet, an abused chiled. Used by her own parents and the crazy climate change hoaxes. Do you really think she wrote her speech???

  73. I feel a tugging on my Heartstrings….. Not! Using and abusing children for their ill-gotten gain, nothing new for the elite! Climate change is total nonsense, only a moron would think otherwise! It's all about controlling people and wealth distribution. It goes hand-in-hand with the un's population replacement strategy!

  74. Watching her face and mannerisms while he talks is strangely hard to look away from, much like when I drove by a fatal accident and yet strangely unable to stop looking at the horrible site before my eyes,

  75. Brainwashed kid by her sponsors the globalists 😂😂 no one really buys it! Fak off

  76. Is it true she is the daughter of George soros

  77. Mad Bad Green Exploitation of the Innocent.

  78. Proof that globalistic unscientific teaching of our children is creating insanity, you might think is exhibited by this girl, and you would be right. Pain. However, the real proof of the damage is seen in the adult population. Why would anyone wise listen to a child to determine what is wise action? As I always told H.S. students who thought their opinion was as good as mine, "Then, the next time you have a life problem, ask your baby brother how to solve it, because you just proved that his opinion is just as good as yours." There is no fool like an old fool.

  79. Už s tím blbým děckem běžte někam.

  80. I'm going to hop in my diesel truck and head to my Doctors appointment. I've been told that I eat too many burgers.

  81. The carbon footprint of that girl must be horrendous. All this travel at a young age.
    Reminds me of Hitler sending kids to war in 1945, or Hamas using kids school to launch rockets. Cowards. That girlie should tell the chinese that building artificial islands in the pacific is useless due to water rising. Or Obama investing 25M$ in a mansion on the east coast! Brain washed at a young age…just like Hitlersjudend. Sad. A pure socialist pantheist diversity Scandinavian story. 30 years ago Sweden ran on the fear of acid rain…the forests are still here. That country is upside down, let's say blond.
    Greta, what will be the weather like in Stockholm in 20 days? Have a vision for that? Any ppm stats at hand? Parents: fly the girl to Panama City they have a cure.

    You are being manipulated and payed by globalists.
    Get back in school, and stop this nonsense you spread.

  83. her parents talking into her ear phone , behind the ear

  84. It's incredible to me that there are so many people too stupid to understand climate change. The crazy thing about truth is that its true whether or not you believe in it.

  85. Poor people who have been brainwashed by global warming and climate change. Yes, the climate is always changing, it should not be a compound name. The 'planet' temperature rose in 1998 by 1, 25 Celsius degrees and then dropped in 1999. The north pole did not melt that year and the seas did not invade the continents. Reminding everyone here that the IPCC Panel is just a catastrophic scenario. If the weather can't accurately predict the weather next week, who's to say for the next 20 years? Don't you see how this has no logic? There is no consensus in science about this, because it is not decided by vote, but by facts. It is not a religion, as it is not based on faith, but something that should be debated in media coverage congresses, but it is not. It leaves the IPCC and goes straight to public policy as absolute truths.

  86. We can see the strings… SHOW US THE PUPPET MASTER !!!

  87. She's simply amazing. I'm so happy we have a powerful person like Greta in our world who is striving for change. We need to wake up and take action, it's necessary for our survival.

  88. We are with you all the way Greta.

  89. i hear,asperger's also is called
    'wrong planet syndrome'. *NO WONDER SHE BELIEVES TO SEE

  90. At 0:51 she says "and if it was really happening"…since there is absolutely zero proof that climate change is occurring.

  91. Down with Greta Thunberg!!! She is just a scammer, an attention seeker and a school skipper!!!

  92. Francesco Cecchetto, yeah, get down with Greta Thunberg!!! She is doing more for the planet than you ever will.

  93. Her ending. That last minute or so. It isn’t a choice. Change.

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