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 comments on this post

    Blackjack Videos

    Why don't people state the harsh truth to disinfo?

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    Whaleshrimp

    A new low for Ted Talks. Disturbed children ranting on about a non existent problem trumped up by those who profit from the next man made scare.

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    B ahams

    l am from poor family, I really want a car, air conditioner, I need a beautiful house ,l need more meat for my family.

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    HCui

    she deserves Oscar.

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    Michael Farrer

    Noble words but alas, no detail. There needs to be a much more precise sting in the tail
    of her speeches.The single greatest problem is human overpopulation!
    The devil is in the detail. Perhaps her cursory words allude to this.

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    壇零

    Me too!!!!

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    Voxy Chan

    You know what im stop using English and im going to start using Spanish because is a scientific demonstrated fact that people who use English consume more oxigen when talking because of the pronunciation habilities you require to talk such language and the ones using Spanish use less oxigen, that's why there are so many differents Spanish accents and dialects, the rules are less and not so rigid compared to English which everyone say its easier but i still have problems to know if an A sounds like an A or like an E because the same letters have many pronunciations, is ridiculous.
    Off course im talking about scientifics studies made in my house which are really serious and well received in the scientific community around the world the same as all these climate studies about the end of the world made by the same meteorologist who can't tell if tomorrow rain or not

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    Guy

    I'm no expert but my take on environmental problems/climate change is this- We all know it's bad, and we're eventually going to destroy this planet and deplete all our resources. Maybe in 100 years or maybe in 1000 years. Either way this is very bad.
    #1 The population of humans has absolutely exploded, at some point we need to find a way to restrict child birth rates. Probably do what China does which is put heavy taxes on people who have more than 2 kids. We're at 8 billion people now, and growing, if it keeps rising to 9B, 10B, 11B, we could pass the limit that the earth can sustain and it could be the beginning of the apocalypse. It's not going to matter if every car is zero emission if we get to 15 billion people, those people still need food, water, electricity and will always have some environmental impact.
    #2 Both sides, the people who lean towards pro-business, and the people who lean towards pro-environment need to find a way to be sympathetic to eachother. If the solution is to shut down entire industries, unemploy millions, and upend the entire world economy, there needs to be an economic plan to help those that that will be effected financially by new restrictions. And to those who say the environment is more important than business or profits, I agree, but you just can't beat capitalism. Billions of people in business are working every day to make more money and be better than their competitors, you can't win the fight to shut all these people down because you think their business is environmentally unfriendly. The way to win is to give something to them, in exchange for asking them to sacrifice their business. And of course the business leaders, manufacturers, car companies, oil, coal companies, etc. are going to have to understand that change is coming and try to start planning for it.

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    Effie Mavros

    ….Why were you born Greta?

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    Tony .R

    Did she have a earpiece in her ear? Someone clearly telling her what to say !!

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    David Frison

    It's true… I think that us with asperger syndrome are the normal ones…we only seem to focus on the necessary aspects of life… I never have seen it as a curse…if anything I consider it as a gift to be different from the flock.. if you think about anyone from the past that had an impact on the world they all seem to have these traits of asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.. it's because they see the world through different eyes that made them effective in ways that are necessary

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    David Frison

    She was born in the year 2003 ..a year when we rounded that corner and the point of no return…

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    Neil Chapman

    Greta Thunberg has the carbon footprint of a small city and has the audacity to lecture me!
    This soros sponsored climate goblin wants to practice what she preaches

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    You Serious???

    How is she 16, and hasn't started puberty?

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    You Serious???

    Such B.S.! She's an actress

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    M_B_L Mackenzie

    Easy solution don't eat meat, use less your car, etc. Well if you can't do that netheir the companies or governments can't stop their pollution.

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    That1Grl

    it's not our earth to try to save. Earth belongs to GOD. Quit trying to "save" earth. Focus your effort to get people to treat other's with kindness.

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    DETO

    ppl are dumb and ignorant…they dont care…so thats way so many die from cancer and stuf and ask why me?Greta is our Holy Grail…but ppl dont see that…

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    Jane Doe

    If she was my daughter, I would feel so proud of her. She is incredible!

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    Just Me

    Debbie downer

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    Par Sanych

    Девочка с лицом диктатора…..

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    Tim Tooth

    When this greta is older and still banging on about climate temperatures and nothing has changed…will anyone give her the time of day?
    "Hey, Soros, leave those kids alone!"

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    luis vidal

    "A kind but poorly informed teenager"
    Wise words.

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    paul wu

    What a poor kid, thinking the biggest lie in the world as a truth that is even worse then Asperger syndrome. Those adults behind her are real evil.

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    bert nailer

    Global warming is a great con job, the North Pole ice
    Will not melt. Because for 6 months of the year the sun doesn’t shine
    During winter the temperature drops to below -80 and water freeze At -0.

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    primal mythic

    Trolls dont realize they got fooled for30 years by climate denier ACTIVISTS who are paid alot more than scientists. Merchants of Doubt. Then they go around saying how smart they are.

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    Andrea Jorgensen

    This girl needs to go back to school. Get off the dam stage.

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    Andrea Jorgensen

    When i was going through chemotherapy, i dropped to 89lbs! Get over YOURSELF!

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    НаГрета ТаТунБерг

    девочка умница, но девочка не понимает что нефть уже нельзя оставить в земле, а так же другие ископаемые ресурсы! со времен начала использования нефти население планеты увеличилось в три раза! и что вы предлагаете теперь делать с этими людьми? другое дело – очищать выбросы предприятий, устанавливать специальные фильтры, утилизировать мусор и другие отходы жизнедеятельности человека как это делают в Швеции и это нужно жёстко контролировать! мы превратили свою планету, свой дом в свалку! в мусорку! конечно кроме Швеции где мусор утилизируется 100% и этот опыт нужно принять всем остальным странам, начать хотя бы с того чтобы убирать за собой!

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    III. voltamatron

    she is so damn scary just look at her eyes

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    BHAVESH KHUNT

    Planting trees far better than giving speech on environment and pleasing politicians.
    Because action is louder than speech.
    If you really care environment then you don't need to wait for others start plantation right now.

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    Brian Kingdon

    That's one control freak right there.
    Anorexia and selective mutism is all about controlling your environment and everyone in it.

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    berdt do

    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.

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    Semsem Leivon

    She PREACH!

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    Paul Naude

    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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY

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    TheBluebudz

    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.

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    N.S Sanghu

    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.

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    Cynîçzny Coddy

    ale jebninta

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    natmhatz

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

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    Mark Effrig

    life is long so you change we can to

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    A Cosmic Convergence

    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…..

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    Kuro Yuki

    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.

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    Busenur Bngl

    Bir sus lan bir sus gece gece kabuslarıma giricen ahh ünlü oldun noldu şimdi😂

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    Glen Surles

    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.

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    tonnentonie

    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:????

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    Kathy Nichols 2019

    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.?

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    Pears_Plays_

    This is pointless nothing is gonna change so save your breath no one cares

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    Fishheadmandible

    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.

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    Escarabajo de oro

    Comentario estúpido en español. 😀

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    Jenine Gibbs

    Greta Thunberg is right and she has a good mind set to save the world that we live on

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    Greg Bystroff

    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.

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    Sandip Lal

    Why don't the government give everyone electric car? Is she going to ask for that?

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    Scott Bros

    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??

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    Maul Porphy

    Greta is exceptionally long-waisted. Eat some animal protein, Greta so your legs will grow.

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    Testoslav Testenko

    Dear community tell me please how to pronounce correctly her surname?

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    Aditya Nehra

    Go to school idiot and study some environment science so you can bring real change.

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    Elle Sunshine

    <3

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    Christo Four

    As i watch this, i knowingly left my car running in the driveway.

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    Santesso

    Kkkk this girl is fake…

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    C Liverpoolboy01

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

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    Trish Nyambura

    She should be in a Sci-Fi movie.. she has the brains n face for it

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    young chazo

    >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.

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    Назар Первобытный

    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.

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    Jack Wilson

    If your car breaks down and she comes out of the corn field, you are F'd!

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    Jack Wilson

    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.

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    Jack Wilson

    She is right in "General" but there is a bunch of total BS in her speech.

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    ComebackShane

    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!

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    juu on

    how dare you

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    Mia Y

    You just don't want to go to school, don't you?

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    2ndchancer

    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

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    animal cruelty free

    True Fact: If the bees get extinct the human race will have 4 YEARS ONLY to live.

    #SaveTheBees

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    J Rich

    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

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    Victoria Panato

    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.

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    Deslyn McIntyre

    City of Rome club says it all Did they pay her

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    konigstephan

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

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    MR Thisbetterstick

    not look for action… BE the action.

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    David Rothero

    very disturbed and being contolled

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    doop00

    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.

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    Linda Jackson

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

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    Claire Louise

    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).

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    out law

    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.

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    Hadassah TheEvilQueen

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

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    Christoph Frei

    WELL DONE GRETA! Thank you very much.

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    BRANDY D

    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.

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    BRANDY D

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

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    KenZ Sha

    80 years old

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    Julian Oleszkowicz

    jesus, what a pile of bullshit! "save the bees, save the trees…"

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    Portland Public Market Garage

    Wish they teach these kids about the Milankovitch Cycles.

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    Majin Yojimbo

    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

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    Mauro Adriani

    Scie chimiche buffoni

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    Mauro Adriani

    Look up the Sky… the trails … the reality

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    Elena

    She should go back to school and actually learn a thing or two about the climate from real professionals

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    Christian Caymares

    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?

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    henreman

    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.

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    Boi if you dont !

    "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

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    Kris

    i wanna kill her

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    Bo Huggabee

    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?

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    Aiwen: Cosmic Angel 333

    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.

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    R P

    How dare you!

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    blgn h

    She’s ugly

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