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)

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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???

  6. 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!

  7. 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,

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. Yes, "Out of the mouths of Babes".
    One big flaw in her talk. She speaks of her children and grandchildren seemingly oblivious and mindless to the fact that to a great extent all these problems are and have been compounded by Human OVER POPULATION.
    Other species are dying mainly because of us. The planet is dying because of us, our self serving inventions, greed for power, money and total lack of respect for this earth that we are only guests of.

    Let us also try a 20 year moratorium on procreation. Most of the people on this planet who have children shouldn't. It is no longer the survival of the fittest because there are few challenges to survival. We have corrupted our own evolutionary process and that of Nature.

    Weak morons are leaders. Most of humanity are more ignorant than sheep but follow as blindly. Only any good sheep dog has more sense and skill than any leader on this planet from the top down to local government.


  18. TED .. Shame on you.
    When you allow a delusional 'child' .. a puppet, on stage to sprout … (the more Truth in a Lie, the more believable it becomes) .. whatever.
    Manipulation of facts .. 'Bullshit Baffling Brains' ..
    Long .. waaaay before Al Gore laid his 'Con of the Century' before us (and I, like many others, sucked it up and asked for more), I, as a much younger man, was an avid 'Global Warming / Climate Change' Believer (and I still am .. but not as before and from an entirely different perspective). Now, many years later, pushing 70 years of age, with far more information at my disposal, it's not as simple as one thinks it is.
    I still believe that we, as Mankind, should modify our behaviour in order to make our World a better place for all. However, 'it's' so incredibly complex that for us to think that we can simply 'engineer' our way to a solution (and worse, using 'snake oil' as advocated by a disturbed, manipulated child?) .. that is arrogance .. and ignorance (and the $$$ greed behind the scenes .. the puppet masters) of epic magnitude!
    Rather listen to People like Jordan Peterson and others like Him .. Free Thinkers, instead of putting on Puppet Shows.
    And Yes .. when the vociferating Howling Masses out there have calmed down (momentarily) .. my message to them ..
    "Go and read up on 'The Xhosa Starvation caused by a Child' .. the story of Nongqawuse (her name). Fact and not Fiction. Read it and (hopefully?) learn something."
    TED .. I suppose that you make $$$ out of what you are doing.
    Once again .. SHAME ON YOU!

  19. This is child abuse! Using children to promote crap "science". The ocean hasn't changed in 100 years. Peter Iredale wreck is still in the same place on the beach! Check it out!

  20. J = Pa . m3: H-field increase so J = Raiseth! Eph = h.f & h isn't constant cuz it affect due f! h = expressed in J.s & s = C/A <> C.Eph = h.A &> photon has matter cuz J = kg.m2/s2 why science disagree while itis justice?! Cuz it declares there is a creator

  21. And to think this was the work of just one student who could have done a lot more if she finished her education and learned how to actually prevent climate change. The only thing motivating those in power to change is their reputation.

    I'm not against climate change, it's simply a proven fact, but I am against what Greta tries to do. It's absolutely ridiculous.

  22. Solar is only good for 6 hours a day and that is if you live in a sun area, Wind is erratic at best. Germany has some of the highest production of electric by solar and wind and its very expensive, lets see you libtards do with out energy living in a hut with a bike. LOL you are total assholes.

  23. omg what is she talking about! We hear nothing but railing against the climate issues. Mass extinction! I don’t think so. There is no discussion here about climate issues! There is no consensus on the damage that CO2 might do or even if there is a benefit to reducing CO2. This is fear mongering at its worst. A standing ovation too! What a travesty.

  24. vote PPC and see my response to greta on a video I did on my channel. I hope Greta gets the help she needs to be health and happy. In the 1970's and 80's it was global cooling and the new ice age and I was filled with the same fear Greta is inflicted with today and the scientists were WRONG! now it's global warming and I don't believe the fear mongering and curse the scientists that helped destroy my youth yesterday and Greta's youth today.

    My letter to greta on my channel if you want to take a look, and vote PPC because Canada was solving the population Crisis and bad people destroyed that sacrifice Canadians had made.

  25. How pathe_tic. Truly sickening.

    And before u post your equally reta_rded reply, watch these videos (they will help u)

    All US temperature series, maximum temperatures for each day, raw data, all stations, shown as graphs, in one video (watch the global warming – it does not exist)

    How the scammers manipulated the data

    Greta and the lobster

  26. Hmm what was the other national socialist dictatorship that used to shamelessly and unethically use children as propagandists. I know there was a n_zi in the name somewhere. fear mongering and pseudo science bought to you and backed by billion $ renewable energy companies – do some research champagne socialists.

  27. I think people just like her accent and bullshit story,it strikes up emotions with most people and most people that are not capable of independent thought run on emotions. It’s a a dangerous thing to run on emotions,I think Germans before and during world war 2 ran on emotions and look where that went.


  29. Wow, such cridentials… 16 years old and Autistic. Say no more, this is irrefutable evidence of man made climate change. End of story for all you sceptics/deniars!

  30. This is a brave and very intelligent girl. We can save the world of a lot of ways, using little plastic, protecting the trees and the Amazone jungle–our greatest living lung in the planet, being careful with water, avoiding throw garbage in the sea, and so on..

  31. All these brain wash sheep brain washed you too little girl. Climate change will always be. Humans on the planet or not….

  32. Are humans seriously so stupid to believe a word she say? By the way…her text is written by adults…This bulshit leads AGAIN to another world wide tax…

  33. Children are very easy to fool which is why they use them for spokespersons. The climate has always changed and the rate of change from one place to another also changes. Extinction rates are mainly caused by things like poachers and not so called global warming. Carbon is not a pollution and it actually causes plants to grow better not worse.

  34. I wish she hadn't made it a rich versus poor argument. Everyone is to blame and everyone is responsible. And everyone will suffer because of it. Poor civilizations fuel global warming by out of control mindless baby making. The UN should call this what it is: child abuse. Rich civilizations fuel it though mindless consumption and corrupt investor class that sit around wanting to get rich off exploiting poor workers in tyrant/corrupt countries. It's has proven a recipe for disaster.

  35. I believe that we should take care of the environment'but its sad that the pope have hijack the climate movement and he is using it as a way to bring along his one world religion agenda and to bring in sunday as a day of rest and mandatory church attendance by law'but we are not ask by god to rest on sunday but we are ask to remember the sabbath day to keep it holy thats the 4th commandment which was change in 321 ad by constantine.

  36. The point is that this is not an extreme view of things, its just the simple bare facts presented completely neutral without any alarmism. This is what one has to digest.

  37. It is sad that a child has been moved to fear by the agenda's of adults. This child is very mature and courageous. While we humans have committed atrocities against each other, against this planet, and most egregiously against God, she is not speaking on her own accord or based on her own knowledge. She is speaking what she has been fed. Instead of living with joy as a child should, her childhood has been stolen from her for the purposes of adults who know no bounds. Shame on them. They will know the consequences of all they have done when they face judgment.

  38. If we do nothing, soon, everywhere will look like The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Or the towns in California that burned to the ground. All will be lost. I fear the burning of the Amazon is the beginning of the end. This has gone on far too long. We need to stop having kids for a while.

  39. Ah yes, using children to push a narrative. I'm sure this kid has extensively read all the scientific literature concerning this subject, in order to have a fully informed and fact based opinion. Never in a million years could this be an attempt to pull people's emotional strings to have them accept regulations which they wouldnt even consider otherwise, since the prospect of global taxes and global undemocratic government is SO relaxing and all around likeable.

    Also, isnt it AMAZING how each and every catastrophic prediction made in the mame of global warming in the last 20 years turned out to be 100% true? Everyone knows Floridans now live under water.

  40. Greta, When you were about eight you should have been gagged, and your parents should have spent more time with you, you claim you only speak when it is necessary, but now you speak far, far too much!! You are one scary individual

  41. A16 year old knows nothing about the complexities of the climate. Apparently she wants to kill millions of the World's poorest children by stopping fossil fuel use which will not stop the climate changing one bit. This is the stupidity of the modern politically correct narrative lead World we live in. Oh I was a climate change scientist (non UN funded) for 27 years.

  42. Yes Greta IS a brave young lady. However, the POWERS THAT BE are using her and the rest of the young people to get their agenda across WORLDWIDE!!! Please read where this Climate Change is tending. It's no laughing matter!!! We are coming to a place where we will be forced to enter a place of no return. But it IS TRUE the Climate issue was solved BEFORE it was even a problem! The God Whom so many billions of people ignore thought about Climate Change at the beginning of the creation of this planet Earth!!! He created our planet in SIX, (6) days and then RESTED on the SEVENTH, (7) DAY which today we call Saturday!!! On THIS DAY we were supposed to rest from ALL of our work and spend time IN NATURE, celebrating NATURE'S GOD, CREATURE OF THE UNIVERSE, spending time with family AND friends. The SEVENTH DAY was our ORIGINAL SABBATH, DAY OF REST, FAMILY DAY AND A DAY WHEN WE WOULD GIVE OUR PLANET A REST AND REST FROM GAINING!!! NOW, TODAY, BECAUSE MOST OF MANKIND HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH THAT CREATOR-GOD PROVIDED FOR US MANKIND THINKS HE NEEDS TO FIND ANOTHER DAY TO DO WHAT CREATOR-GOD ALREADY CREATED FOR US!!! DOES IT MATTER THAT we have chosen a different day other than the DAY CREATOR-GOD ALREADY CHOSE FOR US??? DO YOU THINK IT'S OKAY TO DO OUR OWN THING WITHOUT IT UPSETTING THE PROPER ORDER OF THINGS AS GOD ORDAINED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF TIME FOR OUR PLANET??? PLEASE read about it and see what you think!

    The Great Controversy:


  43. should i be suprised by the level of stupidity in these comments ? no,because you're the same assholes who voted for trump. ignorance is bliss idiots.

  44. … and then "they just carry as before" like when Greta an her family flies back by plane… Greta has issues, obsession, and so on… hope she recovers some day

  45. As long as capitalism reigns, the destruction of the planet will continue. We need to abandon capitalism for eco-socialism.


  47. My compliments to Greta Thunberg ! Take heart Greta, big movements begin with small, individual but Firm and Well intentioned thoughts and determination only. Just remember you must love everybody from the bottom of your heart and remain steadfastly committed! My wishes and Metta! Gobind

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