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

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.
[Cheering/applause]

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    Guardian News

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    I know I’m gay when I say this but

    Why is she yelling and whispering at the same time?

    “You’ve stolen my childhood”
    Goes on 6 month boat ride and has 8 million followers.

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    Alp Söylemez

    Stupid stupid little girl people are saying this stuff for years and nothing has happened my advice go back to school

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    The1nonly 5483

    Im sorry but I hate how this girl bc she keeps saying HOW DARE YOU LIKE THAT DAMN now the words in my nightmares are how dare you

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    ItsFrenchy

    Came to this comment section expecting a bunch of teenage girls telling us we’re all gonna die in 5 years. I was pleasantly surprised.

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    Jav

    The elites are exploiting this girl, that’s all I have to say, climate change is a man made theory that’s full of loop holes, agent oranges, protect Popeyes, project cirrus and project skywater should have people wondering

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    Aunt Jemima

    Look at all the people in these comments mocking a 16 year old girl for having the courage to stand up and express her beliefs while you all sit behind a keyboard.. Whether she is right or wrong, she has more drive and courage than any of you.. Climate change is certainly happening, whether it is global warming or the earths poles shifting or something else I don't know. But the climate is changing and instead of trying to figure out the actual cause, we just sit behind the keyboard and mock a young teen for trying.. Sad sad world

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    Robert Messner

    I’m sorry please don’t scare me. I’m really scarred from doing this and it’s all my fault. I didn’t know I let it go so long that it’s irreversible! Why didn’t I know better and now I can no longer sleep and I’m always tired and because of me I get headaches and I feel horrible all the time! Ok ok ok enough please just one night of sleep and I’ll stop all of my damaged warming of the planet that has this poor girl calling me out in front of the whole world! I’m sorry Greta I promise I won’t do it anymore! So please cross the ocean and go back to school and I’ll fix all of it! PLEASE!!!!!!!

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    The Hero Shade

    Shames money and economic growth?
    How did she travel around the world, pay for her meals, hotels and conventions? Did she walk or ride a bike everywhere?

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    Øystein A.

    This human seem to be very self-centered. The only reason climate change is a problem is if it kills us before we have invented AI capable of evolution. However, I believe we have plenty of time. When that is done there is no problem at all as it will not require the current atmosphere.

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    Gesunder Verstand

    „This is all wrong, i shouldn’t be here“ you’re so damn right girl! You really shouldn’t be there! Not your business!!!

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    efafa fawfawf

    She is dangerous. Individual liberties will be taken in the future by misinformed angry little kids like her eventually.

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    GGyourdead

    Kind of pathetic really, using a child as a pundit for sensationalism, I don’t deny climate change but I don’t think this kid fully comprehends what these politicians are using her for, it is the epitome of fear mongering and a pandering to an audience of lobbyists. I won’t say that we don’t have a responsibility to cut back on pollution, because we do. At the same time it’ seems quite odd that out of this whole “world catastrophe” people are lining their pockets such as politicians, environmentalists, and billionaires like Elon Musk. To elaborate, Elon Musk built his fortune on renewable energy and carbon free emissions. And yes I know his joint ventures like PayPal were what made him rich but what allowed him to take off were government subsidies and tax write offs for electric cars and solar panels (he owns solar city). And look outside of the US, the Carbon taxes of France were a quick way for the French government to make a dime at the expense of its citizens, the Paris deal would have forced America into an economic death spiral and would have exiled the US from the oil trade, for which a substantial part of our economy relies on. Meanwhile the #1 Carbon emitter in the world CHINA has yet to make large scale reforms and has previously lied about its carbon dioxide emissions. They’re is quite obviously a political motivation behind this sensationalism, and I would like to separate that from the legitimate movement. At the end of the day that kid’s words were hollow, she spoke as if catastrophe was around the corner and chose to blame the world for it and began to bash world leaders for their efforts. I don’t know about you but that’s not how you solve a problem.

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