Greta Thunberg – Our Political Leaders have Failed Us


Before I start, I just want to thank you, Antonio Guterres, for speaking so clearly about the climate crisis. It brings a lot of hope to people. For 25 years, countless people have stood in front of the United Nations Climate conferences asking our nations’ leaders to stop the emissions, but clearly this has not worked since the emissions just continue to rise. So, I will not ask them anything. Instead, I will ask the people around the world to realize that our political leaders have failed us, because we are facing an existential threat and there is no time to continue down this road of madness. Rich countries like Sweden need to start reducing emissions by at least 15% every year to stay below a 2 degree warming target. You would think the media and every one of our leaders would be talking about nothing else, but they never even mention it. Notice hardly anyone ever mentioned that we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction with up to 200 species going extinct every single day. Furthermore, does no-one ever speak about the aspect of equity clearly stated in the Paris agreement, which is absolutely necessary to make it work on a global scale. That means that rich countries like mine need to get down to zero emissions within 6 to 12 years with today’s emission speed because how can we expect countries like India, Colombia or Nigeria to care about the climate crisis if we who already have everything don’t care even a second about our actual commitments to the Paris agreement? So, when school started in August this year I sat myself down on the ground outside of 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. And why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more when no one is doing anything to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly means nothing to our society? 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 no longer save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not. The people will rise to the challenge and since our leaders are behaving like children we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago. Thank you. (Music)

52 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg – Our Political Leaders have Failed Us

  1. If anyone wants to change political decisions: use boycotts. Politicians are poppets of businesses. Businesses live if people consume. People stop consuming businesses go extinct. Channel your consumption only to "Green" businesses and watch "climate destroying ones" either go "green" or go bust, to be replaced by "green" enterprises…easy solution.

  2. It's a sad state of affairs when a child has to chastise the so-called adults in charge, for being utterly irresponsible.
    I should add that I cannot watch this without weeping.

  3. This is a bit offtopic, but can I know about the song that plays in the introduction of the videos? I want to know it is good!

  4. amazing person ! yep its time to go back to basics and ditch the mass consumer way of life, solar and wind power needs to be built on a massive scale, im trying my hardest here on our smallholding but im finding the government is getting in my way !! oil has to go !

  5. Governments have known for a long time about global warming. Their solution has been to poison the water, food and air of the planet in an effort to reduce the human population which is in massive overshoot. Why not just tell the human race of the problem instead of hiding the problem?

  6. And in the meantime, the US is selling Germany gas transported by huge ships while kids are jumping in the streets on Fridays. Sad.

  7. I am an adult with PDD-NOS(is the 4th autism spectrum disorder ) and I think exactly like her we are very open people and very empathic to anything that is life, life matters in our planet, we are very smart people very smart,i was red flagged because i speak the truth ,i will never give up till my planet is safe from polluters, criminals CORPORATIONS AND profiteers POLITICIANS we are the only species that we need a paper called,, money ,, to live IT IS INHUMAN and AGAINST THE LIFE ON EARTH NATURAL RULES

  8. I recommend the Project Drawdown which list 100 actual solutions that will massively reduce emissions worldwide.* It notably does not place oil as the only factor, though I ask that we all pressure an energetic transition and block new oil projects with civil disobedience (no other choice). Our individual actions are important, but not sufficient. My poor self using a bike and consuming little does not save our ecology. We will have to stand in the way of new oil projects, but do check out the list of other measures that have massive impact, including reducing food waste (the world does NOT need more food: we need to stop wasting it!).

    * https://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank

  9. Does it need another 20 years to see how precious it is that young Greta started as the only human to openly stand as young women to warn the world of distinction coming if politicians and leaders only talking instead of being active in saving earth environment . in 20 years she will be a hero

  10. I call her Earth angel . she must have been sent us by God or exteriors . as the last warning to tell us it is now or never for make action instead of talking and loosing more time . politicians and leaders seem all to fail to work on real plans how to safe the environment of our only planet for y

  11. I've seen her other soeech and this girl pointed every imporant anout EUs never ending debate about Climate Change and do nothing but talk. And she said it right.

  12. You GO Girl, and BE STRONG. I have been at this since I was 7 years old, since 1968. You and all of the younger ones are the Hope and Activity of our PRESENT, not only our Future. Stay Strong, Stay Active, Stay Positive and Stay Real. And Please, try to STAY TOGETHER, because it's easy to fall apart if you're not glued and truthful and clear. Thank You so very very much for your clear words for RIGHT NOW. Already, our Future is brighter, thanks to Brave Ones like YOU.

  13. I had no hope until Greta, we need to unite as human beings and forget our differences. Tp force the rich and powerful into action

  14. I think we have a tiny chance that we can turn this around somehow…..If we don't try then the alternative is extinction for all plants and animals on this planet..Why are people so wrapped up in the current system, which is clearly madness? We all have the responsibility to teach everyone you can about this current emergency so everyone knows we all die if drastic action is not taken NOW!
    Godspeed everyone and break the law if you have to!

  15. 🏃‍♀️Los niños nunca mienten 🙋‍♂️👫🏃‍♂️👭👭👭👯‍♀️🤦‍♀️🚶‍♂️👤👥👱‍♀️👱‍♀️👱‍♀️👱‍♂️👱‍♂️👱‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♀️❤🖤💛

  16. Since China banned import of trash from all over the world : US, Europe, etc… It just only revealed how the recycling marketing made up by developed countries are all lies, nothing more than lies. And yet our society hasn't changed our way to consume, not a bit. Political leaders has never done anything concrete because they were backing up the biggest lie about recycling and green world…..

  17. Greta is speaking from the pit of despair, for all children of this world, we have left nothing for the children to look forward except a dying world devoid of love and hope, we so called adults are committing genocide because our refusal to rid of habit of burning petroleum and not switching to greener technologies for as long as cars have been around

  18. i hate that the 2 people sitting next to her seem to be smirking like "what a cute girl, what a cute speech." it seems like they dont care.

  19. Greta❤💚💚💚 un exemple à suivre .tous les jeunes .et tous les cytoyens qui s'inquiètent pour notre planète ..

  20. You can clearly see how uninterested the adults are, when the only child there seems to be the only one involved.
    They just have smirks on their faces and threat guy in the back won’t stop fidgeting! He even pulls his phone out for a sec as if to check messages at 2:24!

  21. Who run the UN ? Brain washed
    Then again control by G_8 nation
    Who is politicians.?
    Who ever study coward law .
    Veto power?

  22. I would rank dear Greta the no 1 on this planet i would make her Queen of Mother Earth each one of us is contributing daily every minute to global warming to the extintion of our planet because thats how we humans live so each of us should take action now for a place to live here im doing my bit are you

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