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)

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

  1. In Russia, forests are burning, millions of hectares, for more than a month, they need to be extinguished, they are a real threat to our climate, from this melts glacier in the ocean! And no one puts them out! No one wants that! How many animals have already died, it's scary! Not coal-fired power plants!

  2. I feel very sorry for this poor little girl. She has been brainwashed by eco-terrorists and "do-gooders" to take the weight of the World upon her shoulders. Hopefully her psyche won't implode when she realizes that her mentors are just cowardly hypocrites who knew all along that they could never change the World.

  3. Great acting really! Wow! Lets make some money Greta…or your dad rather….pathetic really. Lots of idiots buying in on this.

  4. it really is a meme now dumping a child onstage to support your views. Get a 16 year old trump-tard up there advocating for more guns more fossil fuels etc

  5. jesus christ 5mins in and i'm out. "i see everything in black and white", this is why we humor children and their misguided good intention. Being an adult is realising there is no black and white just endless shade of difficult to navigate grey. What because she's a child and an autistic person we're automatically meant to agree? im blocking the next person to share this on FB.

  6. The mega violence in the weather we now see is a very extremely serious problem, but the world is not seeing the true cause, our world was once destroyed by a huge global world flood because of their EVIL ways now that being said the next time it will be DESTROYED with 🔥 for its EVIL ways, get wisdom and repent! This weather is just a warning to give you a little more time! Keep Gods law the 10 commandments and that includes the 7th day sabbath and you and your friends and family will be safe 🔥❤️

  7. I dont think people, even 'activists', realize what we are dealing with or have an understanding of the full context of which the issue sits within. It has been estimated that even if the whole planet went cold turkey with our human emissions it would still be at least 2 years before a notable change in CO2 emissions could be observed. But, of course, will we ever get anywhere near to cold turkey? Absolutely not, not even a third of that with the most optimistic of outlooks. It's just not feedable for humanity/society in its modern state. And even if we did, the return of CO2 to 'natural' or 'minimum' levels would still be a constant increase, just at a lower gradient. Therefore the natural threat this increase poses to many species would just be postponed to the typical timescale at which this process usually occures on our planet (hundred of thousands and millions of years) as it did with the countless mass extinction events in our history. Events that mean no short of 99.9% of all species that have ever lived on Earth are extinct. In summary: campaigning for climate change is asking the elite and powerful, the absolute greediest of a generally selfish self-aware species who dont like to give up the modern comforts they were born into, to essentially part with their wealth and priviledge to commit to the cause of postponing an already inevitable event to beyond our immediate timescale. Something they, directly, will not benefit from at all… Hmmm how do you think that's going to go??

  8. Greta not everyone won’t to get depressed,😱
    new science is on the way, use ur time for the good work and people 😆

  9. Wow, I'm speechless, she is the most powerful speaker and persuades you so tightly! Well done Greta Thunberg!!!!

  10. There's a keen sense of humour in her, along with her passion for telling us we need to change. But what will YOU do? I know I'm not doing enough.

  11. If you really care about your environment, not just the climate, take a very close look at 5G. Once the bees are gone…

  12. Not based on facts, this is just terrible, using this girl for the politicians purposes and so on, even her parents don't stop this. This is not brilliant at all. And to animate school kids to play hooky on Fridays for climat demonstrations. Most of the kids don't know the facts, just babbling around like parrots! They could demonstrate on Saturdays and attend school on Fridays! I can't hear this any longer! This is dangerously awful!!

  13. What a powerful speech and how intelligent is this girl 😍🙌.
    "Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction" 👋👋👋👋

  14. Dreckslobbyisten! Ein gestörtes kleines Mädel vorzuschieben! Psychologisch gesetzlich verboten, nun durch EU Recht erlaubt:::
    Leute ich bitte Euch!!! Greta ist ein armes gestörtes ASPERGER Hirngestörtes Mädel, das nur durch LOBBYISTEN ausgenutzt wird.Der Vater sollte sich schämen!!!, aber hat wahrscheinlich Mio. von Schulden für seine Kooperation erlassen bekommen, als FREIMAURER! Psychisch für schwache stimmen, aber objektiv leider geisteskrank! Dies wird für Kinder (ohne Hintergrund) ausgenutzt! Was für Dreck regiert uns???!!!

  15. Without meat and dairy united states would have never been so exceptional!Somebody fetch me a can of cold frusion. THANKS GRETA!

  16. Climate activist….don't make me laugh. What positive action has Greta actually taken to influence climate change?

  17. She is not a hero she is sick very sick and she is needing a doctor a very good doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. It seems the left has recruited a new propagandist to push their agenda. Using the children to push your political agenda is fucked up. This is child abuse.

  19. i'm pessimistic.. everyone in general is in favour of change..until it affects THEIR job or lifestyle (e,g car makers, beef farmers, travel agents etc. etc. 🙁

  20. This is an amazing young woman. She is so right on every level and I applaud her for honesty and integrity that is lacking in our politicians. Seems that she represents the dichotomy of our world based on leadership with psychological extremes to be the balance against the sociopathy of Trump, Bolsonaro etc.
    I now wish her safe passage on her voyage to New York and to kick some arses.

  21. This girl is young, delusional and has no idea of how the real world works. On the other hand perhaps her parents do by making a commodity out of her. What she preaches about is unproven even by science. These very Scientists would be otherwise be out of a job. The brainwashed and impressionable young people are partly responsible for costing millions of jobs around the world while our governments and big business phat cats are securing their own financial interests because of gullible people like Greta. It is as simple as that! Feel free to disagree with me if you're a wealthy stuck up snob or willing to give governments or Big business more money and power…..

  22. CO2 is the “Miracle Molecule of Life” whilst Extinction Rebellion is a suicidal death cult. (Natural News) The “War on Carbon” is rooted in the most outrageously dangerous, dishonest and degenerate anti-science bunk that’s ever been shovelled into the minds of the masses. Far from being a “pollutant,” carbon dioxide is the “Miracle Molecule of Life” for re-greening the planet through reforestation. This essential molecule supports the entire web of life on our planet, and without it, all plants, animals and humans would die.

    Global warming due to man-made CO2 is explained by this simple fact: “You can't tax the sun!”

    "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"

  23. Man-made climate change is brainwashing and scaremongering, there is no crisis, we will be ok and in 11 years we will see there has been little change but those who will not see reality will still cry for climate change. Our youth of today have been fed bad information and formed bad ideas. They refuse to look beyond talking points and do their own research the level of laziness is stunning. Do some research. There is NO crisis.

    Climate change is real, it has been real for millions of years and will be real for millions of years, it is a natural cycle of weather, not a man-made event.

    The best data from satellites and weather balloons show no warming for the last nearly 19 years.

    CO2 is necessary for plant growth and photosynthesis which creates oxygen, a fairly important gas for us all.

    Water vapour is a greenhouse gas.

    Antarctic ice is growing.

    The occurrence of catastrophic weather events is decreasing.

    No amount of money stolen from the people in the name of climate change will make any difference worldwide because it is all a lie and total fraud perpetrated on the world.

    31.487 scientists including 9.029 PHDs signed a petition to state that there was NO evidence for man-made climate change.

    Do some research and find the truth for yourself in all things never accept that what you are told is factual.

  24. The first minute of Thunberg's speech explains everything. People are doing what they can, saving energy, etc, Thunberg isn't a scientist, she has a lot to learn – even about being a teenager. The alarming point is that people listen to her as if she is a "Climate Saint", or a scientific "savant" – she is neither. Politicians line up behind her supposed virtue, but they are not scientists. The whole "Climate Change Emergency" appears to be a construct that is based on skewed evidence. The ""97% of scientists who agree about "man made Global Warming" that has now morphed into "Climate Change" do not actually exist. It is BS, Most scientists did not respond to the skewed agenda, and most ares scepitical. Unfortunately, unless you tow the agenda, you will not be funded for research.

  25. "we need to stop doing this, we need to stop doing that" been waiting for the solution, is there any idea for the alternative way.
    "we need to change" how?
    everything that is eco friendly are expensive, most people can't afford'em.
    people won't think about this crisis when most people still struggle for their own living.

  26. Imagine when it begins to think for herself and starts questioning the lie… This will not age well, and neither will the virtue signalling in the comments section.

  27. The best cure for Depression is to start speaking against Big Oil, 

    Big Pharma, & how vaccines cause autism.  

    There are no gray areas when it comes to stopping the climate emergency.

    The luxury of protest will not solve the climate emergency

    unless it inspires people to become carpenters & build 4-plex solar homes.

    We are creating millions of vaccine injured teens who will 

    not be able to save themselves during the climate emergency.  

    And their parents are so overworked & over burdened by caring for a vaccine vegetable child incapable of understanding the emergency.  

    Gretha Thunberg is autistic , but is the key voice leading the next generation of students by leading a Strike against stupid class work that does not offer solution to the climate emergency , by leaving class & speaking to people , asking the question: 

    "If you were the President, what would you do to stop the climate emergency?"

    Judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, or how their face looks." – MLK

    Greta Thunberg is the Steve Jobs for the Climate Emergency world.

    Ask not what the government can do for you.  

    So can I convince you to install 10 solar panels on your house?

    Please join Greta Thunberg in the High School Strike & march every Friday – for the Future. 8/16/19 & Friday. 8/23/19

    OK, we agree. So here is my solution. Youtube: paul8kangas

    Please follow it if you agree;
    Build 4-plex homes with 100 solar panels.

    The real danger is Politicians are talking like they are doing something, 

    but in fact they are doing nothing.  

    Only carpenters & electricians can do something.  

    But politicians must fund the carpenters.

    You who are alive must listen to Mother Nature.

    I am the only candidate for President supporting the student Strike each Friday.

    As President here is what I would do.

    Students in the whole  of Europe & the SF school system are 

    on Strike & marching every Friday in 2019, 

    from 11am to 3pm, demanding the State Government pass a law 

    to fund  San Francisco HS students to each  build 

    a 4-plex homes, each with 100 solar panels & a battery.  

    This will help to both build more needed housing near transportation hubs & 

    create jobs for HS graduates.    

    Such homes selling surplus solar energy  onto the grid, 

    will generate a solar economy & money to help the home owners

    help to pay the mortgage, thus lowering the cost of housing.  

    This is how Germany Shut down all Nukes by Ap 22, 2022.

    The Friday Strike for the Future will march from all their schools & converge on 

    SF City Hall for a noon rally to demand California build millions of 4-plex homes 

    each with 100 solar panels.  

    Burger King now sells the Vegan Burger.  I too have quit meat.   

    I will buy a Vegan Burger at the Burger King, Valencia & Mission, on every Mon. for  the first 3 people 

    who meet me at Valencia & Mission at 5pm, SF, Ca.   

    See their  Solar signs.    Solar Workers Union #69,  SF Branch

    Youtube:  paul8kangas

  28. Oh shut up little gir,you know nothing about life also you look bloody scary. Your mum and dad should be in jail for abusing you and I think you have mental issues

  29. And what about Amazon forest? Co takhle kácení amazonského pralesa???
    Vraždění amazonských indiánů? Vždyť vždycky jde jen o peníze, a můžete za to všichni co tam sedíte a posloucháte Gretu. Můžete i za chemtrails, protože vám všem jde jen o peníze. Je smutné že ti kteří mají tu moc zastavit ničení naší planety Země ve velkém, právě ti mlčí a nic s tím nedělají. Všichni jste pokrytci protože vám všem jde jen o peníze. 👎👎👎 O moc a peníze. Vraždění zvířat za účelem neskutečné nenažranosti se brzy stane vaším koncem. Jeden za druhým lžete Gretě přímo do očí, protože vy se nikdy nevzdáte svého pohodlí. Je to faleš, nic víc. 🤢

  30. We need to reduce the worlds population by 95% NOW !
    Who do we start with ?
    Perhaps the old, And weak. Then the fat and obese, Surely they eat far too much. That is bad for the environment. Then the disabled and retarded.

  31. This is a brutal exploitation of a vulnerable girl who has been groomed to perform this rubbish by manipulative adults. Her parents should be ashamed to allow this or are perhaps amongst those complicit in this abuse.

  32. Hay you all people all over the world , do you get the idea about meetings via satellite…no needing to sail, fly, hike, ski where you are going…get new tec. to your home and you are in the meetings. I think this via sailboat is only media seekers!!!!!

  33. An autistic child raised in a climate of fear and told her whole life that the world is going to end unless everyone drastically alters their way of life. Lets listen to her and allow her to tell us how to live!
    This is a modern day version of the children's crusade. She knows nothing but what those around her tell her to say. Child abuse, pure and simple.

  34. 'The danger between the great things that I cannot do and small things which I will not do…the danger is, I will not do anything'…someone has said. Went through the comments. A few negative and many positive too. The fact is, the daughter is telling the truth. Are we working on it, are we forcing our political worthies to work for it ?!?! Love from India…

  35. Just should stop David Keith from spraying 40,0000tons of sulphuric acid in the upper atmosphere every year !! even Elon musk is worried about it , that’s why he wants to start colonising mars

  36. she dreaming… is not even gonna slow down a little….200 thousand new people added to the population each day

  37. Yous honestly think you can change climate/magneticfields/sun/orbits/fate you know it's fate that one-day the sun will evaporate the oceans? That's just fate… the sun burns brighter and brighter every year getting bigger and bigger hotter and hotter and you idiots think you can save earth… Fact scientists says oceans will be gone sooner or later and the rate of inflation in space is speeding up so they actually don't know when the sun will burn our oceans because they don't know how fast inflation will continue to speed up it could times itself every 1000 years by 10fold and run we don't know .. We might be in our last century what was meant to be is meant to be that song things will only get better is a clue but physics says it's the opposite yes things degrade decompose everything is affected by that rule educate yourselves and open your mind stop believing in this idiot who will waste her life for nothing trying to change the climate when it will only get worse anyway right

  38. America Russia china India all the big countrys will fight it out for earth with there only being 1 winner. IDK about you guys but I'm brushing up on my drone flying skills in cod like my government wants me to because that is way will get us and when some nukes hit the wrong spot and a whole bunker of nukes detonates well that the end of earth anyway right

  39. Prioritys guys prioritys you guys are so worried and cancer getting you at 95 but you will die long before that with your life efforts in vein

  40. I mostly agree with her but what she says about countries not caring because they don’t have basic things like water and sanitation rather than caring I think the problem there is they can’t afford to stop emissions due to the cost

  41. Get rid of all dogs pets and cats just thinking how much carbon we could say by having no pet dogs and cats all that meat and all those steel cans I been produced every year. Go to any supermarket and see that 5% of the store shelves are the most carbon intense food products in history and they're not even for humans

  42. There is no climate crisis; there is no need to panic. The planet has been through several warming and cooling cycles over the last 4000 years that we know about. This is just natural. In the Minoan era it was warmer than it is now. The atmosphere has had ten times as much carbon dioxide in the past as it has now and there was no disaster. We should not be fooled by those who have taken anthropogenic global warming as their new religion or political cause – just listen to their rhetoric, their distortions and propaganda and they reveal themselves. There has been a lot of false information and skulduggery from those who want to make money, keep up the funding or just raise taxes. Get down to the raw data and you find that mankind's effect on the climate is tiny. Let's ignore the continuous BS and get on with our lives, without all this hysteria.

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