Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN’s Climate Action Summit. “You are failing us.”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday. Here’s the full transcript of Thunberg’s speech, beginning with her response to a question about the message she has for world leaders.

“My message is that we’ll be watching you.

“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 fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!


“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re 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 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. And that I refuse to believe.

“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

“Fifty percent 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 tons 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.

“To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.

“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 8 1/2 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.

“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.

“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.”

8 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN’s Climate Action Summit. “You are failing us.”

  1. Quite often I think about the world that is being left for our children and grandchildren. Climate change is an important issue. Also, these young people will inherit the messes created by Glyphosate, Atrazine, forced massive doses of vaccines to infants, allowing schools to become second rate storage pits for innocent, educationally starved children, the allowing of easy access to deadly military-like weapons, etc. These issues all can be argued about.

    Most corporatists like to use terms like conspiracy nuts, anti-vaxers, and other belittling titles, to run down those who would like to see change in all this. But if you really read into, and are observant about what’s going on, there is a rough road ahead. Let’s hope that young people like this young lady and others will not change as they become adults. Hopefully, as they become voters and leaders, they can dent into some of these terrible issues being forced (often deceitfully) on the masses.

  2. Read the comments on U-tube from people who heard Greta Thunberg. One said she needed a snickers bar and one called her a poor brain-washed girl.
    My brother says that God controls the weather. I guess since it is nearing the end of times, God is spewing this at us for all of our sins. Good grief. No wonder Trump can say it is a Chinese hoax and people believe him.

  3. The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win
    By Al Gore September 20, 2019
    We have the tools. Now we are building the political power.

    More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and burn on every continent but Antarctica, ice is melting in large amounts there and in Greenland, and accelerating sea-level rise now threatens low-lying cities and island nations.
    Tropical diseases are spreading to higher latitudes. Cities face drinking-water shortages. The ocean is becoming warmer and more acidic, destroying coral reefs and endangering fish populations that provide vital protein consumed by about a billion people.

    Worsening droughts and biblical deluges are reducing food production and displacing millions of people. Record-high temperatures threaten to render areas of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, North Africa and South Asia uninhabitable. Growing migrations of climate refugees are destabilizing nations. A sixth great extinction could extinguish half the species on earth.
    Finally people are recognizing that the climate is changing, and theconsequences are worsening much faster than most thought was possible. A record 72 percent of Americans polled say that the weather is growing more extreme. And yet every day we still emit more than 140 million tons of global warming pollution worldwide into the atmosphere, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  4. I’m not making any suggestions here and I can’t link with data, but I believe that immediately following the September 11th attacks, there was a shift in the climate (for the better). The result of no planes in the air, trains not running, businesses closed, and people hunkered down in their homes and not driving around. It can be done……everyone needs to participate.

  5.  “No one can do it [the job of president] like me.”
    “Nobody is stronger than me [as a candidate].”
    “Nobody has better toys than I do.”
    “Nobody is bigger or better at the military than I am.”
    “Nobody loves the Bible more than I do.”
    “Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.”

    “Nobody’s better to people with disabilities than me.”
    “Nobody is fighting for the veterans like I’m fighting for the veterans.” 
    “There’s nobody who’s done so much for equality as I have.”
    “There’s nobody more pro-Israel than I am.”
    “There is nobody more Conservative than me.”
    “There is no one who respects women more than I do.”
    “Nobody has ever had crowds like Trump has had.”
    “There’s nobody that understands the horror of nuclear better than me.”

    “Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it!”
    “I am the chosen”.
    “Nobody knows more about trade than me.”
    “Nobody knows more about debt than I do.” -President Trump

    The World needs a functioning American President…desperately.

    America needs to act as truthfully and as ferociously as Greta Thunberg speaks…post haste.


  6. Good grief. No wonder Trump can say it is a Chinese hoax and people believe him. -CAROLMALAYSIA

    Humans are generally gullible…more’s the pity.

    How else could a Carny Huckster like Trump be the leader of the free world?

    Feel the freedom…right now?

    Is America the Land of the Free…a hoax?

    Stay tuned…We’re gonna find out…right now.

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