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

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)

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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. "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

  6. I’m doing my part, taking delivery of a TVR this weekend, and in doing so, will put my v8 merc in storage for a bit 👍🏼

  7. she is funnier then gillagans island—sit right down and hear a tale a tale of a wasted trip that started in new zeland on a carbon racing ship the crew was a mighty racing team the skipper brave and sureand a 16 year old little girl with a big pile of manure  a big pile of manure

  8. She definitely sounds dramatic, but the circumstances are also pretty dramatic. We have repeatedly found our deadline estimates to be wildly optimistic and continue to do so. In all likelihood, the actual magnitude of the situation hasn't become clear yet. If we had longer, say on the order of 100 years to plan action, I would be fine with the rate of progress we currently have, but we are literally in the midst of a terrifying mythological tale being written. The inheritors of this planet are going to write books about the biggest threat the human race has ever faced and the way we handled it.

    I really don't like the idea of some last bastion of mankind needing to write our history from the confines of some underground maze protected from the hot wasteland on the surface. I dislike even more the idea that our generation's last testimony might just be that we totally could have done something about it all if only we had an extension on the deadline.

  9. Just learn something, which is called science, instead of joining the crooks with their lies. Climate change had been going on for better or worse for 100s or years, of which we have some knowledge. Buy yourself a nice frock and you will be more fashionable. You will be slowly destroyed by the cabal, which only care about themselves so that they can drive people into slavery. At the moment you are a tool in their hands, because you can talk well. If you have been damaged by vaccines, who allowed it?

  10. Greta, your courage and strength of spirit, is the voice World Leaders need to hear. It's a voice that is toned by the spirit of unity, justice and freedom. A roar that sounds the preservation of sovereignty at every level. God speed.

  11. I think she needs to do some more research instead of watching al gore global warming videos. If she did she would realize theres nothing we can do to stop climate change because its natural and has happened since the beginning of time. The poles of the earth are reversing as they have every so often throughout time which explains warmer temperatures but the earth itself Is actually getting cooler. I wonder how dumb she will feel when she grows up and does real research and finds out she was wrong this whole time.

  12. "Disarming?" This child with serious phsycological issues being used by climate alarmists to push the climate hoax is sick. She is frightened of course. She has been fed nothing but doomsday forecasts knowingly based on corrupt climate data since she was born. None of which have come true. Sorry Al Gore, arctic ice hasn't disappeared, sea level didn't rise 20 feet and polar bears are thriving. It is pure nonsense.

  13. Да, она права. Если старшее поколение в среде политиков не прекратит вести себя так, как они себя ведут сейчас, то это сильно ухудшит ситуацию в будущем. Желание загрести побольше денежек на пороге смерти просто стирает возможности миллиардам людей жить нормально

  14. what she is saying makes sense but mostly to those who are living better lives not a person who doesn't even know they are going to eat, to wear when they wake up in the morning and so on. most importantly am glad she mentioned rich countries have to downward emissions but that will only happen if they take responsibility of their actions on the current crisis.

  15. Figures are all wrong …her data is wrong…the agenda gets pushed..check out who are her backers and make the money..

  16. Because the greenhouse effect is temporary rather than permanent, predictions of significant global warming in the 21st century by IPCC are not supported by the data.”–Hebrew University Professor Dr. Michael Beenstock an honorary fellow with Institute for Economic Affairs who published a study challenging man-made global warming claims titled ―Polynomial Cointegration Tests of the Anthropogenic Theory of Global Warming.‖

  17. This GW scare fits into the UN's Agenda 21 plan where owning property is a sin and they want you to live in pack em-stack em housing.

  18. The evidence against AGW global warming is now overwhelming. The IPCC has finally acknowledges and allowing data from the sun into their next report in 2022. Since 2016 the scientific research and the actual weather data is proving that climate is primarily driven by solar cycles and that we’ve got strong proxy data going back hundreds of thousands of years and written historical accounts of these regular climate changes correlated to the suns double/dynamo long term solar cycle. Average global temperatures have declined steadily since 2016 and there’s been record breaking cold snow ice and rain worldwide consistent with the solar cycles climate change.

  19. It's sad she feels so threatened. Species extinction is awful. Maybe that is why nobody is trying to stop climate change. Bc if it's true, it will depopulate massively.

  20. Get people to stop wanting fast cars, big wasteful houses, and new electronics every time a new one comes out, not thinking of what happens to the disguarding the old even though it still works fine

  21. It’s a absolute disgrace that scum bags have frightened this vulnerable child. Let her enjoy her life and stop feeding her lies to benefit lowlifes like George Soros and let her learn the truth.

  22. The world is not like this because of climate and pollution. Concita Gonzales visionary of Garabandal: "The First Message – October 18th, 1961 "We must make many sacrifices, do much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us".
    The Second Message – June 18th, 1965

    "As my message of October 18th has not been fulfilled and has not been made known to the world, I tell you that this is my last message. Before, the cup was filling up. Now, it is overflowing. Many cardinals, many bishops, and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask for His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will forgive you.I, your Mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity, and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Meditate on the passion of Jesus."

  23. You're all hypocrites contributing towards global warming, I'm aware of my so called carbon footprint (akhem bullshit). However the people that sit there commenting on what a good talk it was clearly didn't pay enough attention to the video, you lot including Greta are all hypocrites of your own enforced propaganda. Her parents should be locked up for child abuse, she has aspergers and should be living a happy fun life… she looks really happy 🤦‍♂️

  24. Coincidentally the globalists move their Biz from rich countries to poor dirt cheap labour and rent countries. They are scamming $$$carbon tax etc from financially poor & struggling workers in western countries to enrich themselves & partners in poor countries. Yet FREE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL OBLIGATIONS – a privilege they indulge on themselves thru paid militant SJ activists. ALL ABOUT SCAMMING the helpless

  25. I have bad news for all these messiah's who said that humans will disappear this will not happend whe have the technology and can tackle any treat against the humanity.change my mind

  26. Real life is also not black and white. Climate change is not a one solution will solve all. It's not that easy.

  27. Greta, your devotees and acolytes are anxious to hear your profound wisdom concerning the following scientific research: Growing enough bioenergy crops to counter climate change could be as bad for biodiversity as continuing to burn fossil fuels.

    The threats to wildlife if global temperatures rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above their pre-industrial level are well studied, yet little is known about the effects of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    A team that included researchers from the Technical University of Munich modelled how climate change and land-use change would affect the distribution of land animals, under low- and high-emission scenarios.

    Biofuels from oil palm, maize and rapeseed could help meet the low-emission target, but the crops would take over 4% of global land. The team found that the resultant habitat destruction would cause biodiversity losses that are not offset by the benefits of reducing global warming, particularly in the tropics.

    Carefully considering the effects of land use change on biodiversity is essential when evaluating whether to expand the use of biofuels.

  28. Hmmm Aspergers, a type of autism that isn’t really autism yet, because of your social awkwardness you claim to be more intelligent. However there is no actual proof of being more intelligent other than scoring higher on a multi-choice test which shows the ability to retain Information more rather than an actual sign of higher Intelligence. In other words, this explains a lot of millennial, left leaning liberal, Social Justice Warrior behavior online virtue signaling and acting irrational in protesting Donald Trump at rallies while screaming and shouting about tolerance while displaying utter intolerant actions. Got it 💁‍♂️ it all makes sense now. I remember when Ted Talks use to be about science instead of using privileged children to pseudoscience like global warming 🤣

  29. Where are all the good attornies at? An old retired teacher told me that the engineered clouds are the same chemicals that were spayed on the Vietnam vets. A good Attorney needs to Get on the ball and geta copy of the Lawsuit against the FEDERAL gov and the VIETNAM vets and compare the compound in what they sprayed the Vets with and what's in these geoengineered clouds. Test the soot that falls on our cars, the same soot is killing our ocean fish, collar reefs, birds, bee's. It's in our blood stream, it's killing these trees and we are lighting up like a match… if these TREES are gone then we're gone!
    Whole cities are burning up. Paradise California burnt to smithereens Santa Rosa, Sanoma, Napa, Malibu the Amazon is burning and the list goes on around the United States and the world. Some cities are NOT letting some of these folks (homeowners) rebuild. I think it's the way big Banks are getting prime Real Estate back.
    So eventually once people start wising up and start fighting the crooked Elite system in the United States and start realizing that they're capitalizing on us I'm making us sick both big Pharma the FDA and the hospitals.
    All you Judge's that are allowing it, by the elite paying you guys off to allow them to continue to put toxic chemicals in the air and every where you guys will eventually do the math and know that even you Judge's who are allowing these crooks to put these chemicals in the air, once enough of your family members die and even yourselves, it will be too late.
    We should not have floods like we do. We should not have these fires. They are all made by man's greed for fossil fuels and garbage only THEY PROFIT FROM, NOT US. THESE GUYS ARE ALL OLD SKELETOR CROCKS THAT ARE ON THEIR LAST OLD LEG, MONEY HUNGRY OLD BIGS.
    An Attorney needs to get the lawsuit against the federal government and the Vietnam vets an agent orange and compare the compound that they spray the Vietnam Vets with.
    The federal government admitted to spraying the Vietnam Vets with agent orange to dry the vegetation, what does our vegetation look like? We are being sprayed with the same stuff.


    AGAIN, Where's the good attornies at? Wake up AMERICA!

  30. In past times it was the one eyed amongst the blind, who should be king. Nowadays it are the mentally disturbed who tell the completely idiotic population where to go to.

  31. There are many famous money rich wealthy people indulging in crude oil trade referring to it as black gold when in fact crude oil carbon fuel is more slow poison in hind sight. It is time for action on reducing burning carbon fuels n elimation of the world famous IC engine for daily everyday use

  32. How wonderful that our experts in subjects such as complex as this are now becoming the LEADING experts before hitting high school! Thank goodness we have the top expert on climate change at this tender age, otherwise we would be in big trouble. She spoke on the problem, but she really didn't mention the solutions. Her generation should do their part, do not own cars, and do not have any children. NONE! This would be a start to lessen our human footprint on this earth. The adults are already doing what they can if they can afford such things as solar panels and electric cars.

  33. She sailed across the Atlantic in an Ecco friendly sail boat to lecture us about our way of life. The 6 crew members of that sailboat then flew back to Europe on 5 different flights.
    Beware of those who preach equity and justice in the name of the greater good for all.

  34. She is absolutely wonderful but it is so saddening that she is not talking about veganism. She is vegan, she knows that is a huge contribution she is making towards stopping climate change. I imagine her publicist wants to avoid her alienating close-minded people but to be fair, the people who are actively listening to her are generally already intelligent and caring enough to listen to what will help. I really hope she starts talking about what a huge impact being vegan regarding saving the environment, saving people's lives and saving resources.

  35. You know she is shooting for starring role in Tim Burtons next film. Shame on her parents for coaching a poor bright child that could Really be making a difference.












  37. My question is if the changes in climate are so urgent then why aren’t actual scientists the face of this movement instead of Greta? No hate towards her or her beliefs but she’s not an expert on this.

  38. Greta, if you where also talking about tons of plastics lying at the Sea bottoms, you probably where the Nobel Prize winner's, but you are a vegan's and you don't care about fish healthy . Sorry but from my opinions, vegan's are totally wrong, they're not doing any good for animals ; but I understanding Vegetarians.

  39. Humans did not create climate change, we are simply speeding it up. She is blaming climate change on her depression at 11? 😂😂. How about her autism, and other mental issues? She is so ignorant.

  40. 2:45 – she talks as if all autistic people are the same. That's very presumptive. They don't all think the same and don't all process things in the same way. They're all unique. I know an Autistic individual who has the completely opposite views of her.
    She's using her Autism as if it means that she's automatically correct – so essentially as a shield. And people who are ignorant will assume that she's right BECAUSE she's Autistic. She's a bit arrogant, which is probably because she's a kid. She's been brainwashed, and she's brainwashing herself now.

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