The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg
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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)

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

  1. finally she wrote what she is. I badly informed teen who has no idea whats real live and that we hat global cooling and worming cycles for million of years even without a poor little Sweden girl.

  2. Climate change is NOTHING compared to EMF, 5G EMF and Chemtrails and Vaccines. All pumping you with Aluminium for 5G to activate. Expect Death and maiming worse than the second world war in pain and suffering from 5G and Aluminium, it's on its way soon. Your families WILL suffer ! Big business that funds this climate change is a distraction from their main agenda of 5G.

  3. They Would Of Had To Listen To Their Children 17 Yr's Ago If They Do Not Listen Now They Will Face Their Failure Alone.

  4. I can recognise the negative vibes through stupid comments but guys this is disaster the topic she brings about is something which is very very important i can feel through her eyes that she didn't need any publicity she just want to make more and more people aware of CLIMATE CHANGE. it could end our civilization please spread and be aware about changing climate and make people aware, we can't even imagine how this destruction gonna happen "extremely destruction". I really believe that she is "CHILD OF GOD" who is appearing on this planet just to make us aware. who ever is reading my comment being a part of this society a human species please make some effort to save this planet contribute to save our planet.

  5. Μας ζαλισατε τα παπαρια με το φρικιο της ΝΤ ..αντε στο διαολο επιτελους.

  6. Absolutely we should reduce our consumptions of this beautiful and loving Conscious world! We have technologies that would change humanity over night. Greed and power seem to be the only thing that leaders think about. Truth is that they are NOT leaders! They are followers, and have sold out on a grand scale! I will focus on the reflection in the mirror. I will do my part! I will love unconditionally, not only myself, but those that have committed the most horrible act’s possible! Because we are all connected. Humans are not the only species here and that is a fact. They are also us! Time that we all wake up. Time to let the lite back in! Stop these games that cause lack and suffering…..

  7. одна из самых главных причин глобального потепление это изменение траектории самой планеты, известно что каждые несколько миллионов лет падает сверхмассивный метеорит который убивает все. И так… люди еще не научились управлять планетой, не могут остановить метеориты, наука все еще в начальных стадиях, если придет настоящая катастрофа то человечество точно исчезнет. Когда все остановится, то и прогресс остановится, в следствии человечество исчезнет, по вине уже природы а не самого себя. Как цивилизация, человечество должна идти вперед по дороге науки и уменьшить влияние религии и политики.

  8. If we were told the whole truth instead of scare tatics, people would be more out to help. I dont worry about anyone else. I recycle, turn off lights when not necessary, drive higher efficiency car to work, never water my grass, collect rain water. Basically leading by example.

  9. Soooo what should we actually do? Much talking but no solutions. Example : I am fat. I will not eat a burger a day anymore. Clima change: the earth heats up. Solution:????

  10. Well well well Ted and anyone else who wants to hear this go over to( friends of science )YouTube channel look for no climate emergency say 500 scientists to you UN. They also have a message for Greta interested check it out.?

  11. What about WEATHER WEAPONS and WEATHER MODIFICATION. That is what is causing the fake climate change crisis. All the other talk is pointless. Just do a search for weather modification and see just how much climate altering stuff is going on right now. No help from pollution required.

  12. Al Gore. You own this mess. Some of these kids are paying a massive emotional tax for this hysteria. When many her age start to think for themselves, they will truly hate you for what you started. I will pray for your soul, Al Gore. You could help these kids the same way you started their emotional destruction.

  13. This winter I want to see you spend your days outside with nothing on except the clothes you wore to the "How Dare You" recital and when spring arrives you can explain to me how CO2 kept you warm through the winter….
    CO2 has long past gone past it's ability to contribute to "Global Meltdown" or any other fantasy as it has it's physics limitations you should actually be learning in school.
    Can you give a source for the 200 a day extinct species including the names of those species??

  14. Good for her if the young lady P*****S off piers Morgan , Trumpers buddy she a good in 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  15. >cries about climate change
    >does nothing about it besides waving signs on streets and public speech

    Go and get an advanced degree. Become well-versed in economics, politics, and the environment. Come back with a solid plan of action and perhaps people will be more willing to listen.

  16. Greta Tunberg and Bandzhov Nazarali are real conservationists. There are very few good people in the world who live for the peace and for the mother – Nature. Greta Tunberg, protector of the whole world: together we fight for the salvation of mother – Nature.

    The activity of mankind is the most destructive in the world, it occurs all over the world from the extraction of oil, coal, gas, ore, salt, diamonds, gold, sand, soil and much more. Earth, water and air are poisoned all over the world, clean water and clean air have already become scarce and there is nothing clean at all – nowhere else in the world do they suffer from this all over the world.

    This petition must stop and stop the production of coal, oil, gas, ore, diamonds, gold, salt, soil, gravel, sand, stone and much more. Save and save Nature, as the global destruction of Nature is becoming an increasingly serious problem for the whole world.

  17. The Paris Agreement, made the USA pay the largest percentage, while China, Russia and India who are the biggest polluters didn't have to pay a dime! Trump was correct to get out of that terrible deal.

  18. I think she's pretty brilliant, I wish I thought of this plan to get out of school with some BS excuse this creative! I just came up with putting the thermometer up to a lamp and coughed a lot….HAAAAAA!

  19. While on that stage she should have told the people to accept Jesus, that is the peoples real threat. Our country, and most of the others are trying to eradicate the Bible and its values. That is why we are on the verge of mass extinction

  20. You’re stumbling over the speech written for you… a child, pouting because drama serves the un.. umm ymmm yeassh… stand in that red circle. I will die before I live in the gulag

  21. See, she's telling each of us to go vegan and to reduce our personal CO2 emissions by walking more, planting trees, producing less garbage, etc.

  22. Whenever I need my science revamped pertaining to climate, I always look up to what a 16 yo might say about it first.

  23. Well she speak better english than our prime minister I give her that. But else yeah she is being used as a cog in the political machinery by some puppet masters.

  24. An amazing young woman. The voice of today and the future. We need to listen to these brave, brilliant young people

  25. This little girl has an anxiety disorder and she's been manipulated by certain people to do their bidding. It's important to look after the environment and do everything possible to protect it but if you look at the history of the world's climate it's been more extreme than it is now…this is a blip on an ever evolving system.
    We should all do our bit to protect the environment but scaring children into thinking the world will end tomorrow because of Climate Change is disgusting.
    Super Volcanoes are more of a threat to the worlds survival at this stage and no one even mentions them (the biggest is due to erupt within the next 100years and it sits in Yellowstone park in USA).

  26. Greta is a a hero,and leader.along with the crew at Extinction Rebellion. Please HELP in stopping the slaughter of life and polluting and destroying the earth. STOP ! and CHANGE.

  27. Her talk has truly inspired me. We need action and we have to do something. Its our earth, we have to protect it!

  28. She said it best, "over here (USA) its about if you believe it or not, but where I come from it's about facts." A 16 year old that is so bold, gutsy, confident to speak to adults and tell them wake the f**k up. She is an old soul meant to have her platform.

  29. She makes me cry… see a young lady so filled with intelligence, passion yet her heart hurts due to these qualities. She is the epitome of an activist!!

  30. maybe she thinks this mass migration = climate change; and since Sweden is an immigrant rape capital now, maybe thats why she thinks climate change is severe

  31. I wish Greta thunberg would've stopped a few moments after saying that her grandchildren will be affected by what the people of today do and don't do and looked at the audience and asked them do you really understand what I'm saying? Are you really listening to what I'm saying to you? Do you see the urgency of what I'm saying to you or are you just casually listening to me because this is a TEDX?

  32. The same people who believe in climate change disbelieve weather modification by HAARP. What is the common denominator? Both views are perpetrated by the ruling class.

  33. "You think the only people who are people, Are the people who look and think like you, But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew" _ Pocahontas

  34. If the Swedish are so perfect then why dont they let the rest of the world fall apart n take the responsibility when they can?

  35. Look at all these so called adults believing bogus conspiracy theories over the fact about the truth of the situation of global warming and pollution, it is almost like their IQs dropped out of nowhere. How could they rationally follow unfounded insane claims before the science and urgent reality staring them in the face. No one can be a human anymore, if they are concerned with climate surely they are an actor or robot from the cabal. If they are in a mass shooting surely they are pawn actors or holograms or reptilians. If they do not like the lies and con artistry with the current administration surely they are snake tongued Illuminati plants. I hear this vomit daily. They hear this message and these sick fairytales are all they can find to spread and believe. Thank you Greta for shining amid so many dark denier misled souls. You make my heart spark with light for the planet and the animals and the oceans.

  36. Releated videos: the mathematics of weight loss. You know because she lost 10 kilos. I know I'm horrible, I'll show myself out.

  37. Little f*cking neurotick thing, why you do not talk for the endless WARS where the USA unstoppable made where destroing people, environment and animals..??????

  38. This poor little girl is just a puppet in the hands of the globalists, she didn't even write these words herself. Her last UN speech looks fake AF. Wake up, people… they're trying to control you through fear. Research about the foundation she belongs to… who are the people behind her… what they do and what are their goals. WAKE THE FK UP!!!

  39. An analyst suggested abuse by her parents. Needs looking into.
    Has anyone considered child abuse by the parents starting at age 11…when she said she stopped speaking, pulled away, etc
    She looks sad, teary, depressed, anxious, extremely vulnerable, used, isolated, alone, unstable.
    Perhaps there is no Aspergers..just an abused child crying out for help.  
    Unfortunately pushed into the public arena by her selfish, profiteering, and cruel parents.
    Manipulated by politicians, media, and corporations.
    She needs help. 
    All he best to her.

  40. Child Abuse!!!!! Political paedophilia

    THink about it, this girl does not fully comprehend what she is saying. Who is behind this? WHo is preppeing her? this is child abuse at its finest. This girl has been permenantly affected by this propoganda. NOw she is going to win the nobel peace prize? HEr handlers should be jailed for child abuse.

    SHe sailed to USA with 80 men…. who then went back by plane with 80 tickets, so even more emmisions were used for her to sail to usa then for her to fly there alone. Why couldnt she just use youtube to upload a video instead of fly there?
    THis girl is being manipulated

  41. This was what i thought when i was like 18 years old then.
    But i hated the human civilization including myself. I learnt one thing, we should support what good and try to save planet….so support the planet… support her… I'm just no one ..

  42. A woman on YouTube is making terrible claims about Greta and her family. I hope she is held accountable. Here is the link:

  43. 1. I hope she went home by foot not by car
    2. The text is already written out and its coming thru earphone or somehow she is getting it bc she couldnt remember 10minutes of text
    3. I hope her clothes are also second hand not bought new
    4. We are so small in this system and cant do basically anything. If its that simpel then there would be already better cars which dont waste so much recorces and edmitt so much co2. (if u say electric cars then think again)
    5. Solar panels are also waste and using quite rare materials and making of them are edmitting co2 and all other bad things as much
    6. Coming back to electric cars then i read that making and driving one fully electric car edmits as much co2 as old diesel engine in its whole life so why should we change? Thanks

  44. Well, it frustrates me gravely seeing how far has TED got to popularism and capitalism when the likes of her are invited here making such superficial and hasty comments about such serious topics as climate changes. After all, that's how most media work and TED makes no difference.

  45. In these last days, let's not forget that God has his own plan, and he wins. The only way to be saved and come to eternal life is through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Be reconciled to God and receive the crown of eternal joy.  But who is this man Jesus that I should believe in him?  This man is God in human form.  Who else can save us but God?
    I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no Savior but Me. (Isa. ​@)
    Come to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our savior who shed his blood on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Let's listen to Jesus:
    This is My command to you: Love one another (John 15:27)
    The following scripture is going to happen:
    The nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come. The time has come to judge the dead, and to reward Your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear Your name, both small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth." (Rev. 11:18)
    I believe that nuclear war is coming soon, and God will destroy those who destroy the earth. Peace to everyone, and may our Lord Jesus Christ return soon.

  46. I support her assertion 100% but,, her defiant attitude and strong accusation seem strategically wrong.
    Obviously and naturally, many people hate to be accused from a 16 years old girl even her accusation was correct.
    They hate to listen to it. They refuse that resolutely.
    Very obviously she has driven away many people including people in the middle.
    That's bad.
    We don't need hatreds, disputes and attacking each other to solve Global Warming and climate change.
    We should call for all people on the Earth cooperate together, including leaders, capitalists and bankers. They are important to us, if we really want to achieve our goal.
    We need cooperation and support of the whole humankind to survive.

  47. "You, you may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, And the world will live as one." _ John Lennon

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