Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’

My message is that
we’ll be watching you. k[Laughter/applause] This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school
on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us
young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my
childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning
of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about
is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! [Cheering/applause] For more than 30 years the science
has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away,
and come here saying that you are doing enough,
when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. You say you “hear” us
and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am,
I don’t want to believe that. Because if you really understood
the situation and still kept on failing to act,
then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.
[Applause] The popular idea of cutting
our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance
of staying below 1.5C degrees, and the risk of setting off irreversible
chain reactions beyond human control. 50% may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not
include tipping points, most feedback loops,
additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the
aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation
sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of your CO2 out of the air with
technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply
not acceptable to us – we who have to live
with the consequences. How dare you pretend that this
can be solved with just business-as-usual and some technical solutions. With today’s emissions levels,
that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less
than eight and a half years. There will not be any solutions
or plans presented in line with these figures today. Because these numbers
are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature
enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting
to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations
are upon you. And if you choose to fail us
I say we will never forgive you. [Applause] We will
not let you get away with this. Right here, right now
is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming,
whether you like it or not. Thank you.

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  2. this girl is living the dream of so many adults and kids. Who on Earth can just leave school, travel across the ocean to another country, and be allowed such a huge platform to voice her opinion? I don’t know a single person in this world who would rather be stuck in 4th period woodshop class than live her life. Spoiled brat.

  3. "The science is settled. 97% of all climate scientists agree: Human-caused global warming will lead to mass extinction if something isn’t done is the next 12 years."
    Those claims are based on old CO2-driven climate models. The same models that 40 years ago predicted the polar caps would melt and all glaciers would be gone by now. If CO2 levels have increased, then why are the glaciers and polar ice still here? In 2018 NatGeo’s Antarctica deep core monitors reported more freezing ice than thawing ice. And glaciers are shrinking in some places and growing elsewhere. Those same climate scientists admit that we’re in a global warming “hiatus:” that the annual-mean global temperature hasn’t risen this century—for the past 20 years. Why? Their explanation? That a natural cooling trend in the Pacific Ocean is stopping the global atmospheric temperature from rising—it’s called the “Pacific Wind.” Well, if a single natural phenomenon like that can stop natural and human-caused climate change for 20 years, we can’t be having that much of an effect on the climate in the first place, can we? That doomsday prediction doesn’t make any sense if a single Pacific Wind event can outdo all 140 years of humanity!

  4. I hear it all the time: “stop climate change.” And that: “if we don’t stop the climate from changing, millions of people will soon be underwater on the coasts and islands.” But since there is both natural and human-caused climate change, I assume you only want to stop the human-caused climate change, right? But if natural forces will cause sea levels to rise too—as it has throughout the planet’s history—then you have to let that change happen, right? Because stopping natural climate change would be crazy and an attack on the planet like never before! You wouldn’t do that even if it affected humankind, right?

  5. She and the 'climate change' scam that she is 'reading' totally miss the proven fact that PLANTS NEED CO2. The more CO2, the better for the plants . The more plants, the more O2 for us humans and the better we all live. Sounds to me that you are warning us from the insane plans of your 'handlers.' Whether you like it or not.

  6. Again!! My heart ❤️ breaks!! For Greta. And the people in this comment section, how dare you!!! Trash 🗑 and bash, a little girl who is trying to save the planet! 🌎humanity maybe you don’t believe in global warming. But know there’s pollution,oceans,lakes,rivers,are getting filled with waste. Air quality polluted ! The amazon Forest 🌳 is on Fire 🔥 glaciers melting etc. So how dare you adults! Say anything about a child who wants to save the planet 🌏. So when your passionate about something you might cry. And she is a child! She is more awoke than 90% of you commenting. What’s sickening is she common sense brilliant. With intellect!

  7. Lmfao how can people control anything when people can’t control other people? People can only try to control there on actions and choices not anything else lol this is the dumbest thing that has been talked about we have way bigger problems than trying to control something we have no control over

  8. She is mentally ill.
    Her parents say she has Assburgers.
    And that is different then the assburgers sold at Cannibal Restaurants!

  9. Girl, I feel pity for you that you are just a soldier of the system that its’ sole purpose is centralized control and its weapons are some counterfeit theories, contradicting each other over the decades. Mercenaries would be it for the win, you Girl, are believer in something that has nothing to do with science but it is voted on. Believer… do you also despise religion?

  10. greta, stop breathing as you are releasing carbondioxide and contributing to climate change and if we reduce c02 the trees will die then we will die as there will be no oxygen

  11. How sad that this kid has no clue of what she is talking about … I watched her on CBS news and she couldn’t put a whole sentence together. This child who has a form of autism is being used and when everyone stops listening to her she will disappear from the news. Nice try

  12. An asteroid can hit the earth and destroy everything at any time. She is being used.she is acting just listen to her voice. The real science says we can't do anything. Co2 is not the only thing, methane is 30 times worse for the environment than co2. Nitrous oxide is 50 times worse than co2. It's not just carbon.

  13. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens CAN change this world. Indeed, THAT'S ALL THAT EVER HAS."
    -Margaret Mead

  14. Some quote past science reports here and still say climate change natural..but our pollution levels have increased the process and warning has caused species to migrate such as polar bears etc..also we see other species becoming extinct due also to climate change and eventually if no intervention you can include humans..this isn't just an American problem it's a global one.. particularly in Industrialized countries…there is a new conensus amongst scientists concerning climate changes and the impact it may have on environment..this is ALSO a man made problem due to pollution…we see so much of that even our oceans are known to be full of plastics… invisible to the eye but we yet drink and bathe in it daily… denying the Paris Accord is the one policy I disagree with with Trump…the rest are debateable perhaps ..

  15. No one came to her no one promised anyting she needs to get her mind right and quit boo-hooing the world will keep going so be seen and not heard your father needs to to spank you.who knows probably in your country you're not allowed to that's why we're in this situation now. So be seen and not heard little girl

  16. Ultimately we're just one planet in a universe filled with billions of planets. Even if all life on earth is wiped out, it makes little difference in the grand scheme of things.

  17. Shut up kid and go back to your rich family in Sweden with all of the other privileged white people. Also what happened to your eye hows that socialistic health care treating you?

  18. Parent's making profit. Mom wrote a book about her daughter and her various illnesses, but had a picture of herself on the cover, not the child. Munchhausen by Proxy. No doubt the parents had something to do with her rant.

  19. Who the fu$& is this?? Like always… there is clearly an agenda with this young ignorant little democratic puppet. She even had a stage on TED…. unbelievable!!!

  20. Why leftists think people are stupid? Anglosaxon marxists especially thoes who rum The Gurdian ,and Independent, BBC CNN etc are disgusting.

  21. She's reading a letter the politicians and those companies who will benefit from government contracts. It's all about the money. She's just a puppet.

  22. This girl is just a pontificating teenager who thinks she knows it all. She needs to go back to school where she belongs. Same for all the students who skipped class for something as ridiculous as these climate protests.

  23. Soon she will have a meltdown.Simply under Demoniac Infestation of Godlessness Existence paralysis of western society and looking for answers everywhere.Population of Tragic souls of the Living Dead 💀 now and eventually the Living Dead 💀 Dead.

  24. Why people always notice TO RECENTLY? when Europe and America develop industry no anyone cares about the world!!

    Environmental pollution is Progressive, Why Asian develops, people criticize us? Is it Fair?

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