Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’


My message is that
we’ll be watching you. k[Laughter/applause] 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 fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! [Cheering/applause] For more than 30 years the 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 and angry I am,
I don’t 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.
[Applause] The popular idea of cutting
our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance
of staying below 1.5C degrees, and the risk of setting off irreversible
chain reactions beyond human control. 50% 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 tonnes 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. 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 eight and a half years. There will not be any solutions
or plans presented in line with these figures 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. [Applause] 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.
[Cheering/applause]

100 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’”

  1. The climate and the cross: the battle between evangelical Christians in the US ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsUlVk__2sM
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  2. Look at all of the Hate from Knuckle Draggers that have probably never done anything with their lives. At least she is trying and is brave enough to stand before the world and bring serious attention to a very serious matter.

  3. She's been well trained by "the culture". Yet still nobody, including dear Greta, can explain why the glaciers receded thousands of miles before a single gas engine cranked up.

  4. She is totally an actress. Who claps for an angry, autistic, german tween? Go hit up China and the middle East. Once they tweak that 50% come whine to America about out 14%

  5. I like How she is skipping school When in sweden you are not even Forced to after ninth grade, so really she doesn’t care for her feature

    Btw she is sixteen

  6. Everyone making jokes about her and no really caring about the topic and the meaning of her words makes me think that the ignorance is happiness and that’s why we are such a trash of humans, we make it a joke so it’s funny and it lose the real meaning, that’s not the point.

  7. Shes telling truth. But she does not even know what shes telling. That acting, that drama… World needs more than a bad acting and clappings.

  8. I heard a lot about this girl activist then I saw this disjointed melodramatic speech and now I get why the criticisms.

  9. She is a spoil brats and stupid girl. Grow up and don’t be so up yourself. You are nothing like other children living in poverty and suffer in the world. 😡

  10. folks, turn on the subtitles. at about 50% (when she talks about the gigatons) they start to tell a competely different story/text then her mouth, an even worse one.

  11. Does anyone here realize the following fun facts …

    1. Scientists have calculated that termites alone produce ten times as much carbon dioxide as all the fossil fuels burned by Humans in the whole world in a year.

    2. The total combined effect of termites accounts for 2 percent of the global carbon dioxide, making the Human contribution a mere .2%

    3. Global atmospheric carbon dioxide was ~ 408 parts per million in 2018.

    So, should we start to ex-Terminate Termites to reduce the CO2? And also, as CO2 is only .4% of the atmosphere, is that such a big deal?

    I would argue there is a real anti-human threat behind Greta and her Handlers – mass human population reduction through impoverishment, and denial of natural human development.

  12. Man never thought the human race would stoop so low and apparently trashing the earth now makes kids like this girl to sit in a chair saying "hOw dArE yOu" I would say let's just not trash the earth for the sake of our ears

  13. I'm sorry I stole Greta's future and ruined her life. But I am rather disappointed in her generation as well. All they do is complain. When is her generation going to stop flying in airplanes, driving cars, washing clothes and taking showers in hot water. I thought this was their World War II, so where are their dead 18 year old bodies on Omaha beach? When are they going to to take action? I have seen nothing so far. I mean come on kids, do something!! When are they going to start eating their babies????

  14. Why don’t you go back to school which another side of the ocean? U can become a president to change the world instead of sitting here and become a useless adult when u grow up

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