Greta Thunberg and her ‘Friday for Future’

“How dare you”…? These were the words of a 16-year old Climate Activist from Sweden to the World Leaders, who were present at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

Greta Thunberg has gone on an all-out attack on the Global Leaders on not giving proper attention towards the issue of Climate Change Disaster, the world is currently facing. She accused them for the tons of carbon dioxide, she and the all other next generation children are made to breath out the air which comes out of the technologies. In her 6-minute strongly worded speech accused the leaders of failing the young generation and that the young people are starting to understand.

While stating how the ecosystems are collapsing around world. She said “You are failing us! This is all wrong”. Although she was very tearful and raging with anger while the speech, there was one Global Leader who found her to be a ‘happy young girl’. US President Donald Trump took to twitter, mockingly saying “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Who is Greta Thunberg?
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish Climate Activist who is focused on reducing the risk posed the climate change on earth and drawing the world attention towards it.

Back in August 2018, she initiated a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament against Climate Change and her movement ‘Friday for Future’ has since then spread all across the world. The movement now involves almost 10,000 children worldwide.

She had been invited to speak at various climate rallies including that of Helsinki, London, Stockholm and Brussels. She also attended the United Nations COP24 held at Katowice, Poland where she made a speech and addressed the UN Secretary General. Her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, also made a worldwide impact.

She had also featured on the ‘Times Magazine’ in May 2019 with a title reading- “next generation leader”. The 16-year old girl’s UN speech comes at a time when millions of young people have taken to streets, protesting and demanding emergency actions on climate change.

Highlights of her Speech at UN Summit

  • People are suffering, people are dying and the entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
  • For more than 30 years, 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 or angry I am, I do not want to believe that because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil that I refused to believe.
  • The popular idea of cutting our missions in half in ten years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and there is a risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
  • 50 percent may be acceptable to you but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by the toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation for sucking 100s, billions and tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So, a 50 percent 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 remain in Co2 budgets will be entirely gone within less than 8 and half years. There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

Greta Thunberg in all her speeches has urged the World Leaders to immediate and appropriate action to address the ‘climate crisis’. With her school movement and speeches at international summit, she has started a new wave of climate change activism. But It has to be seen, how the World Leaders react to it and one thing is clear, the world is waking up and the issue ought to be addressed at the earliest.



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