Greta Thunberg – Inspiring Others to Take a Stand Against Climate Change | The Daily Show

Welcome to The Daily Show. -Thank you so much.
-And welcome to New York City. You came here
on a zero-emissions boat, and part of me thinks that’s
because you love the climate; the other part of me wonders if that’s just
your Viking heritage. -(laughter)
-Maybe it is. -It might be?
-Yeah. Tell me why you did that. Why didn’t you fly
to New York City to come and, you know, speak
at the U.N. and-and, you know, inspire people to move forward
in the climate change movement? I did it because I have,
since a few years, stopped flying
because of the enormous impact aviation has on the climate,
uh, individually. And, um, just to make a stand. And, uh, I am one of
the very few people in the world who can actually do such a trip, so I thought, why not? Wow. (applause, cheering) Wow. I, uh… I mean, I know
I wouldn’t do that as a kid, -and I wouldn’t do it now. Um…
-(laughter) But what-what is inspiring
is your determination, and what’s inspiring
is that it doesn’t just affect other young people. It started to effect
older generations in Sweden, in Germany. People are starting to call it
“The Greta Effect,” where people are taking
more trains– since you started
this movement– they’ve said they feel ashamed to fly unnecessarily
in Europe. Your mom is an opera singer
and she stopped flying, which means she couldn’t perform
the way she used to. Do you sometimes feel bad
that she can’t perform, or are you more excited
that she’s not part of, I guess, polluting the planet? I don’t care, honestly,
about how she performs. -She…
-(laughter) She… (laughter and applause) She’s… She’s doing
musicals now, so, I mean,
she had to change career, but it wasn’t that big. (laughter) And the planet is the most
important thing for you. Yeah. I mean, for all of us,
I think it should be. Why… (applause) Why do you think… Why do you think young people are so focused
on climate change now? There’s a definite, uh,
disconnect between older generations
and younger generations when talking about the climate. Why do think that is? I mean, I think it is
because we, in a way, feel like it is more
a direct threat. Others feel like, “I won’t be alive then,
anyway, so screw it.” But we…
But we, we actually know that these consequences will face us during
our lifetime, and it is already
happening now. And it will get worse. And, uh, so I think
that is why so many young people,
especially, care about this. And, uh, and, of course, the awareness is not
as it needs to be, it’s not as much
as it needs to be. People are still very unaware,
it’s my experience. And, uh, so we need to continue, but you can see
that among young people the concern is bigger. What do you think people need
to learn about climate change? Many people have heard
of the climate warming up. Some people have a small
understanding of what it means, but what do you think is lacking in the understanding
of this issue? I think pretty much everything
because, I mean, we know that something is wrong,
that the planet is warming because of increased
greenhouse gas emissions, and that might lead to– that the ice caps will melt, and the global temperature
will rise, and there will be more extreme
weather events and so on. But they-they don’t understand how severe
this crisis actually is, and it is because
they have not been informed. Um, I mean, we are right now
in the beginning of the sixth max–
mass extinction, and, uh, people don’t know
these things. Up to 200 species go extinct every single day, and, uh, people don’t even know that we have… For a 67% chance of limiting the global temperature rise
to 1.5 degrees, we had, on January 1, 2018, 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide
left to emit to stay within that target, and now we’re already down
to less than 360. If we continue at the same
emission level as now, we have less
than eight and a half years until that budget is gone according to the IPCC
from the SR15 report. And that is for a 67% chance. Wow. And, um… Wow. 67% chance, and we’re not even hitting
those targets. What do you think
people could do, and what do you think
governments should be doing? I think people should do…
should do everything, but I think right now, if I were to choose one thing
everyone would do, it would be to…
to inform yourself and to try to understand
the situation and try to-to push
for a political movement that doesn’t exist because the politics needed
to… to fix this -doesn’t exist today.
-Mm-hmm. Um, so, I think what
we should do as individuals is to use the power
of democracy that… to make our voices heard and to make sure that…
that the people in power actually cannot continue
to ignore this. That’s powerful. -(cheering and applause)
-Wow. Do you… Do you feel a difference
in the conversation traveling from Sweden to, um, America? Is-is there a different feeling
around climate change? Uh, I would say yes. Um, because, here, it’s… it feels like it is being
discussed as something you– whether you believe in
or not believe in. -(chuckling, applause)
-And, uh… where I come from, where I come from,
it’s more like… it’s a fact. -And…
-(cheering and applause) So then I-I have
to ask you this. You sail from Europe
to New York City. Um… New York City is, um, quite an assault on the senses, um, when you come
from anywhere else. What is the biggest thing
that has stuck out to you in New York City? Uh, I mean, just everything. All the impressions. Everything is so much,
so big, so loud. -And, uh…
-(laughter) people talk so loud here
as well. And, uh, because– when you are on that boat, when I was on that boat, there is nothing. There’s just the ocean and, uh, of course,
the sound of the waves crashing. -But that’s it.
-Mm-hmm. No-no smells. (laughter) -A-Apart from sweat, but…
-(chuckles) Right. So, I remember
the first thing I noticed when I… when I–
when we came into the harbor was I woke up and, suddenly, it smelled something. And, of course,
it-it was pollution. But it’s still something. And that… and that was… It was i… -undescribable, to…
-(laughter) to-to go
from this extreme environment. -You’re disconnected from
everything and everyone. -Right. You only have yourself
and the ocean and the boat, of course, um, to New York. That is a-an accurate
and brilliant description of New York. It is undescribable
and it smells. (laughter, applause) -Yeah.
-I think that is fantastic. -(cheering and applause)
-I’m excited for your journey. I can’t wait to see
what else you’re gonna do. -Thank you for making time
for us. -Thank you. The next global climate strike
will be on Friday, September 20. To find or register
your local strike, go to Greta Thunberg, everybody.

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  1. Enough with this bullshit Greta. Go to China and preach. Go to India and try to explain to them the climate change problem. It’s not western world that is backwards with emission and pollution.
    Go ahead – show us what you got.
    Hey Trevor – how is South Africa tackling end of the world? Elon has to get away from there to start an electric car revolution. So shut the f up. You both got nothing. Start talking when developing country wants to forgo the oil. You think US is gonna be main cause of air quality in 20 years? Cos’ I see Chinese people wearing masks already.

  2. She cares a lot about her short life on this planet but does she care about her resurrection and the judgment day..? I guess not because shes Swedish atheist troll just like most of them!

  3. Show facts please… its obvious that she is just being used.. for sure she knows the questions before hand… throw in some un-scripted questions and lets see how she handles it.,..

  4. I like her I like wat she is about which she could go to Jamaica 🇯🇲 an help us stop them from mining out our cockpit country.

  5. If you told me a few years ago that a teenager would fight to protect the environment and grown ass adults would laugh at her, I would never believe it. It sounds like the plot of one of those weird, old german folk tales.

  6. I would like to know why Greta does not say anything about the Venezuelan oil spill on Brazilian coast that occurred this week. Dozens of beaches were contaminated and seabirds and turtles are dying. Maybe because it is not a political topic?

  7. I don’t inspired from this teen for any reason. Because it seems like her intention is different and shady.
    The stunt she pulled on sailing the Atlantic was full of waste. That yacht has been taken back by team of technicians who travelled through plane.

    If she really thinks about minimising carbon footprint, why didn’t she and her parents just travel economy seats on plane ?

    Actually, many countries including America are thinking all the REAL means that could prevent tons of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere.

    So, stop being puppets for these kinds of people and start saving atmosphere by using modern technologies such as LED bulbs, front load washing machines, solar panels and of-course tesla cars.

  8. Advance the interests of liberals who have all been confined to the issue of overpopulation of the planet-the"superfluous men" if it is easier. This is an attempt to provoke "ecological genocide" among the countries, as they say "third world"… Yes, like of which mankind has not seen in its history. Tell Greta how much CO2 is emitted by active volcanoes, about cycles of solar activity, about ice ages on the planet…look and calm down the child…

  9. Meanwhile 3d world countries are the biggest gross polluters on the planet..go over there little truant from school girl and yell at them as to why they are shitting on the planet. No amount of money will change anything except for a few politicians bank accounts. Look up the biggest gross polluters…greta…before you bitch at developed countries.

  10. Someone is behind this girl innocent, you can't stop the progression on technology but they have an agenda creating for Climate change project for what? Research on it they wanted a political goal on these thing.

  11. The girl is a clown. No real solutions, just aggressive comments. It's like here in the Balkans. Only talking, no real actions. A frined of mine created an initiative and planted more the 1 million threes, but nobody talks about him. This girl talks trash and digs for popularity and everybody is mesmerized by her. How stupid man can be?!

  12. 💗love and so much respect for you Greta. Growing up with a dad that wouldn't stop smoking because he decided it was to late that it wouldn't fix anything so why stop. Seeing him go to Dr. after Dr. and knowing as a child that he wasn't going to stop. Deciding to give up not only effects you but the children who are watching. I guess what I mean is she is so brave and incredibly fights through so much just to keep trying to show us it's not to late. It shouldn't make us feel like giving up or that it's already done. We can still try. We shouldn't just get scared we should fight this for our children and our home. Thank you Greta🤘❤

  13. She is such a retard. She has not a single clue about the environment nor will she ever. She's just doing a she is told and what she was trained to do and say

  14. Inspiring others to stand against climate change, which has been happening long before humans and industry existed, and much more extremely. Up to 200 species go extinct every day? Give me a break!

  15. OMG.. the crew had to fly to make the trip possible… this is all a hoax…. if she just flew it would have been better for the environment…

  16. Trevor-you-traitor, Parents, UN and those lying to Greta, you better set this right. Once Greta learns she has been used by you, she is going to HATE you. And from what we see, she can be a difficult cookie to deal with. Tell Greta that to rectify 'our' sins she must be able to fully control the sun, world's climate change, volcanoes erupting, earthquakes​, poles that shifting. Us humans are not that powerful, but we are eager to learn from Greta how it is done. Did you tell Greta that even if all humans run their cars for a 100 years non-stop we can't emit what one volcano does into atmosphere …. i bet nobody did, nor did you tell her about all the other things that we are not to blame for cause we have no control over it. Shame on you big boys out there … she is going to grow up soon, she is intelligent, she IS going to figure this out – and you all will be in big shit.

  17. every day you delete my thumbs down  every day i put it back   GIVE IT UP  thats the only reason thumbs up is ahead   wankers

  18. Idk why we're still discussing this. According to the climate experts in the 60s, we've all been extinct for decades now.

  19. The left has now resorted to using children to further their agenda. How pathetic! Of course, anyone who criticizes this poor girl will be chased down the the PC police and cancel culture idiots!

  20. The boat she came on with dozens of men to NYC went back on a plane .
    The shirt she is wearing probably made in Bangladesh or China with workers of poor human rights.

    By the way there is internet now she didn't need to hire a boat and men and spend weeks in ocean to speak in a conference which she would have done easily through internet

  21. Wow thats the first time ive heard the foreign host speak for more than 2 minutes and not bash The President……..good for him

  22. People concerned about this and not what kills our own people. Smoking. Drinking. Democratic policies. You people agreeing with this are insane

  23. Well we all care about climate change and fucking polution but does that have to make you a star or some public standout? Cause you can talk and make a speech like some dictators do? You can't control the fucking weather storms tornados.So what you think this little bitch is someone different than a normal human? Who the fuck cares about Greta.It's just fucking politics.There will always be hillbilys who don't care and polute and throw trash away.Who knows if there is life other life outside earth somewhere in the universe?We could never know cause we are preoccupied with political figures and pussy treehugers.

  24. When is she going to travel to China or India, the two most disastrous countries for our planet's environment. American is the greatest country in the world. But anti-Americans like Greta, Trevor, and the Democrat Socialists thrive on power.

  25. Give us clean energy. They can use water in cars but the oil companies wont allow it. They want us to pay a carbon tax instead of rolling out clean energy.

  26. She's the same age as my nephew. Brilliant young lady – I don't care how much the internet wants to make fun of her

  27. If you are clapping for her actions, consider that the very same men that rowed her all the way to her destination took a flight back home. Next level of hypocrisy. You know what? How about you all stop driving cars, stop using the subway, stop flying and just start walking to wherever you need to go. At least, traffic will reduce for those of us who know faster transport brings more development.

  28. In my opinion the aviation industry won't stop producing airplane, but we can make electric plane but its difficult so fuel plane will be around 80 years more #cleanearth , 13 year old Puerto rican 🇵🇷🇺🇸

  29. Wait, why is a Swedish girl speaking this to America? If you wanna quit pollution go down to Africa and try to use your speech, cause last time I checked that is where the majority of pollution comes from and surprisingly the US is actually a pretty clean nation…

  30. Yeah I’m not listening to a little girl. I’m open to listening to experts but not an emotional kid whose views and opinions still need molding.

  31. Seen so many cruel comments in just one comment section make me believe that the message of Greta its true, that the society is so consume by the system and buy all the lies that the government want us to believe, I feel so pitty for this people who only think in themselves and don't see that this will affect their children in the future.

  32. She’s mentally ill and being used by the likes of Trevor Noah to push their liberal propaganda further. Feel like a man Trevor ??

  33. A point about Greta's campaign: I read an article that estimated the effect of Greta's suggestion for everyone to plant a tree. 7 billion additional mature trees won't even qualify as a rounding error, for all the carbon they will sequester. We have put out a looooot of carbon in the past few centuries, particularly the past few decades. So yes, absolutely more awareness is important. Let that awareness drive people (you, me) to continue learning and actually doing more about the size and all the myriad aspects of the problem. Then promote science education and critical thinking. Creative thinking as well — because we will need smart, outside-the-box future entire GENERATIONS of workers and researchers to invent and combine technologies and sciences in new ways to insanely bootstrap ourselves up to the point of being able to even tap the brakes on the process. Even a soft crash landing will be pretty difficult, given the current global political and cultural environment. Rich OECD countries are too concerned with preserving their gilt lifestyle that generates 50x more waste per capita than developing nations. Developing nations are too concerned with more basic problems of economic survival than luxuries of practicing consumer restraint — and they want the gilt lifestyle of the rich countries, b/c how come we got ours but they don't get to get theirs? Mom and Dad paid for your SUV and 4-year university, but I have to pay my way for an associate's degree (nothing wrong with the degree in itself) and a used moped?

    Climate austerity measures en masse would bring out the lynch mobs. For everyone to overnight switch to telecommuting, no new cars, no planes at all, no new electronics, AND a no-beef diet (what else have I forgotten)? I see posts every day about how someone in my personal network "needed" their X personal indulgence to destress. I know I'm wedded to my electronics. Our culture of consumerism needs a massive rethink, which will be a Herculean task in and of itself. AND all this would only give us a shot at it, no guarantees.

  34. love the science behind "man-made" climate change and the transgender movement…any-who,.records are less than 100 years in most places and were in the middle of nothing/undeveloped land when they were first placed and now a lot are in built-up/urban areas that create heat sinks and "increased temps". climate change preceded humans and is a constant. your ilk are mostly hypocrites and don't give a shit about the climate or anyone other than yourselves – virtue signaling and hypocrisy is all you have and i don't give a shit what a 16 year old thinks about the subject either……

  35. This is NOT representative of Swedish kids. Most are actually aware of the climatefraud. Shame on Greta for pushing lies. When I grew up schools taught that the ice age would come in 15 years but pollution would kill us in 10 years so the iceage wudnt matter. Greta just fell for the latest fraud. The diffrence is that her diagnosis means she cant filter reality.

  36. Twelve thousand people don’t give a shit. There is no way they don’t care about the environment.. humanity nowadays…so sad, Greta, your message is beautiful❤️❤️❤️

  37. child abuse………shame on you she should be in skool……………austerity for you profane…….now go eat bugs

  38. Axel Hinn you are an idiot and probably have brain disfunction as this girl. This kid is a disgrace. If you want to listen to her who have no school so go on. But you are one of the idiots who bring more idiots tho this planet.

  39. Axel make her your President then leftist pussy:
    Biden Ukraine scandal explained is a good video for axels ass

  40. Global Warming is fear mongering. – No such thing – Global Warming Argument

  41. What part of (we are still coming out of an ice age) do you people not understand? C02 is an essential element of life. There is a reason why plants and animals were larger and thrived millions of years ago. There is also a reason why scientists claim there is a man-made problem….their paycheck depends on it. Wake up!

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