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

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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.
[Cheering/applause]

100 comments

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  2. only true comment is she should be back in school. rest is untrue. yet she gets a standing ovation for spewing false statements. beginning of mass extinction? oh brother.

  3. Nutso flew to the UN on a plane right, took a cab to this show, took one back, used plastic containers to drink water and is wearing clothes made of polyester made in China. Hmmmm. Hysterical

  4. it's not a dare facts are facts ,anger does't get you any where , go home and preach to your own country,was that a prelude to a self glorified cartoon?you sure are a miserable looking people and your kind pollutes the world.

  5. As a child, she needs to cultivate critical thinking at school as she is supposed to do rather than being deluded by those disgusting adults into acting like this.

  6. Everyones really making this into a meme because shes talking strange. Shes talking like shes having anxiety attack and she has a valid point. As someone who agrees with her, im quite frankly annoyed and a little disgusted that most people would rather make fun of her than understand and listen. Because she right. By 2035, this conversation will be a lost cause. It will be too late.

  7. We this this useless girl every where, during this time a guy made something to clean oceans but nobody know his name xd

  8. me: asks teacher for extra copy of homework because i lost the other paper
    Greta: hOw dArE yOu
    Edits: i promise you they gonna disable the comments by 2020

  9. Shame on her parents, shame on the entire nation of Sweden and shame on the U.N. for apparently having nothing better to do.

  10. This looks so unconvincing and acted its ridiculous. Its actually disgusting to say for her her childhood was stolen. What is about all the children who were actuslly really traumatized? Its extremely ignorant and insulting.

  11. Greta is a beautiful human being. She is telling the truth. It is hard for people to accept the fact that the human time clock is running out if we continue on this way. Greta is like Noah – who saw the flood coming, but couldn't convince his neighbors to build arks. At least Noah saved the animals; we may have very few left to save.

  12. The beginning she says she shouldn’t have to be up there but no one forced her to be an activist that’s what she wanted to be…this just confuses me

  13. Instead of criticizing what has happened in the past, start planning for the future. How dare you blame others for what has been happening for millions of years.

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