Greta & Svante Thunberg – Straight Talk

Greta & Svante Thunberg – Straight Talk


SVANTE THUNBERG: With the situation we
have today you have to, you know… Go out! You know… Leave the charted area.
Get off the maps. Do new stuff! STUART SCOTT: I want to thank you all for coming
to another ScientistsWarning program. Your hosts: Myself, Stuart Scott
and Victoria Hurth. We’re coming to you live from COP24 in Katowice,
Poland, the Conference of Parties. Now, today’s guests, with us: Greta and Svante Thunberg. The name Thunberg is not yet
a household name, but Greta’s accomplishment is known
famously around the world. She’s an international climate activist. And with her: her father, who is an
author and an actor. He happens to be her PR person, her chauffeur,
her protector… all of the above. A very, very dedicated man. And today’s program we’re calling
‘Straight Talk’. Because that’s Greta’s hallmark and
Svante’s hallmark. They both talk very straight
about the situation. And I think that’s why the world
is hearing Greta so clearly. Here’s how Greta started. With a one-woman sit-down strike
outside the Swedish parliament. For about two weeks she was there,
until they gave an excuse, that it was a safety issue, and asked her
to move across the bridge. Basically out of the way, so she
wouldn’t embarrass the politicians. Because she was drawing
so much attention. And she made her point not only in Sweden
but then internationally. Now, this is Svante with Greta’s
mother, Malena Ernman who gave up a very successful
operatic career in order to… well, for the sake of her
daughter’s budding career as a climate activist,
shall we say. I love this picture of Greta. Look at the
determination in this young lady. Now, the United Nations has taken
notice of Greta being here, and Secretary-General Guterres asked for Greta
to join him in a private meeting yesterday. And this is one of the photos. And this is one of my favorite
photos of Greta. Here she was after just speaking at a rally in Helsinki, Finland, which was said to be
the largest climate rally ever in Finland. Svante, can you explain to us how
this all came about? SVANTE: Yeah, sure. It goes back a few years, when
Greta fell ill. I think it’s four or
five years ago. She stopped eating and she stopped talking,
and she fell into a depression. And she stayed home from school
for almost a year. She lost a lot of weight, and was
on her way to hospital and… So we stayed at home, my wife and I, we stopped
working and we stayed at home to… We have two daughters and we made sure
that they were feeling well again. And once Greta was coming back,
it turned out she was very… concerned and upset about
the climate. She has been going on about
this before, obviously. But it sort of stuck to her and she
could not get this out of her head. The fact that everyone was
saying one thing and doing the exact opposite
all the time. Not least us parents. We were two very
concerned parents. Sort of interested and outspoken
on human rights… Care for refugees and the importance of
taking good care of our fellow citizens. But in Greta’s eyes, of course, we were
missing out one big point. In fact the most
important point, which was the climate – or the sustainability
crisis going on around us. So while we were saying all these
things about, you know, taking care about our fellow man, we were
flying around, eating meat and buying things and driving a big car.
Having two homes. And of course, that’s not really…
sustainable. And then we realized that we were of course
a huge part of the problem. In fact, we were the problem. And Greta could not sort of
get around that, and it made her very, very upset. So, listening to her, we sort of started taking in
the sustainability and the climate crisis, and we sort of embarked on a road,
which we are still upon and I believe a lot of you in this room are
still, or, upon the same road. She told us that we had to change
and we could not go on doing what we did,
you know. And she showed us all these
statistics, you know. When my wife went to Tokyo, for instance,
to do a series of concerts, and it was very important – shown on
Japanese TV and all this, you know. 4,000 people on each performance. And, you know, that was
very important to her. But then again, when she came home,
Greta said, you know, ‘You just spent like 20 people’s
carbon budget – living in West Africa for instance
with their carbon footprint – just by going back
and forth to Tokyo. Which of course is the same here. Here we are flying
back and forth to Poland from all over the world. Spending god knows how many
people’s carbon budgets. And so Greta said, ‘You can’t
go on doing that.’ You cannot stand up for human rights while
you are living this lifestyle. And so we gave up that lifestyle and
my wife stopped flying in 2016 and I stopped flying
six months later. And Greta, of course, stopped flying
way before that. And then we became vegetarians,
then we became vegan, and so on. So, yeah, that was the background of the story.
And now we’re sort of going on. Greta was getting more
and more frustrated about the way that, you know, the
politicians keep saying, ‘This is the most important issue of all’,
and yet the emissions are still rising. And nothing is changing. So then she decided to go
on school strike. VICTORIA HURTH: So, Svante, you give a
really great insight into what we all live with. And what I think – as adults we
learn this doublethink. We learn to do and act, and somehow the only way
we can cope with life is by doing that. Is that how you explain why this went
under the radar for you for so long? Or what other explanation can you
give for that? SVANTE: I believe humankind has been
doing this forever. We’ve been saying, ‘Love thy neighbor, and slaughter
each other on the battlefield’, every day. I mean we’re doing that for…
since dawn of time. Or since dawn of Homo sapiens,
200,000 years [ago]. But now with seven billion people,
you know, we can’t do that. We cannot do this double lifestyle anymore.
Because, you know… Time’s up. The budget’s been spent.
As simple as that. VICTORIA: So, for you then, did it all
come as a very big surprise? What Greta was unveiling to you? SVANTE: Very much so. I mean, I realized that
something was wrong with the environment. And, like everyone else, you know,
you’re looking for a better car – you know, driven by some biofuel
or something like this. But, you know, we bought an electric car three years
ago, thinking, ‘Wow, we’re gonna fix this.’ But we cannot buy electrical cars,
we cannot… No cars at all. If we are serious about
the 1.5 [°C]… We can’t be driving private cars.
And no one’s talking about it. But, I mean, those are
the harsh facts. VICTORIA: And so Greta basically
has taken you and the people that you engage with
to a point of innovation that’s blank sheets, starting again. SVANTE: Yeah, sure. VICTORIA: And so, Greta, taking your family
and others on that journey with a very logical – very much like your ancestor –
very logical approach to this, what have you found is the most difficult thing,
and what’s been the most surprising? GRETA THUNBERG: The most surprising
thing is that I realized a while ago that people
don’t know that we are in this
emergent situation. We all say we know and we all think
we all know, but we don’t. Because we – of course, we know
something is going on. We know that the planet is warming because of
greenhouse gases caused by humans. But we don’t know the exact
consequences of that. And we don’t know the rapid changes
required to stop it. And so I have met politicians
and journalists that doesn’t have a clue. They don’t know the basic facts. They don’t
know what the Keeling curve is. They don’t know what
the albedo effect is. Just things as simple as that
they don’t have a clue about. STUART: You’re what we call
a six sigma person. Your knowledge of the climate is six standard
deviations out from the average. So if the average journalist does not know what you
know, don’t be surprised in the future. I’d like to return to one comment
you made, Svante. You talked about carbon budget. There is a lot of bullshit
going on out there, that we still have a
carbon budget. Not! We have already spent
our carbon budget. But the politicians have this routine of
kicking the can down the road. And they do that by this notion
of a carbon budget. And they bolster that with information,
research, a report from the IPCC that always seems to say we
still have a few more years. We have no more carbon budget. I want to
dispense with that illusion. We are borrowing from future
generations at this point. We are making their lives
much more difficult. SVANTE: I believe 350 ppm – parts per million –
is the safe threshold, they say. And we passed that threshold in 19… GRETA: 1987. SVANTE: So everything we spent since 1987
has to go back into the ground. Or will be caught up by trees
or whatever, magic solutions that don’t exist yet.
Trees basically. So, I mean that’s where we are at.
And that’s not a good situation. VICTORIA: So, Greta, I mean I can see
you work with data and figures and it affects you. And you understand and you can think about the consequences. For lots of people that’s
quite difficult. And… We have to act. So what do you think it’s going to take, beyond
knowledge, to get people to act? GRETA: I think that one way to make people
realize the situation we are in and to realize the fact, is that the media
actually writes about it. Treat it as a crisis. If one soccer game can gain more media
than the climate crisis, then people will see that and say, ‘Oh, so soccer is
more important than the climate crisis. So that means it’s not
that important.’ VICTORIA: Absolutely. In fact
yesterday, obviously, we had David Attenborough unveiling
the people’s seat and saying very explicitly that we’re on the verge
of a collapse of civilization. There was only one newspaper in the UK
that made that its front page. We have a lot of media people here.
It’s a good opportunity. What do you think that the media
can do to help this, and what can we and you
do to help the media? GRETA: The media can do start with writing
about it all the time, or every headline, every front page only. Because this is… This is so important. People don’t realize
how important it is. We all think that, oh,
people know. We don’t. STUART: I think also the journalists need to
get more activist themselves. SVANTE: Yeah. We meet so many
journalists now, and we get the feeling,
I believe, that most journalists covering this
are so frustrated. And you know so much, and you really want
to turn the world upside down. And we even meet a lot of other journalists who
write about all other things as well. Because now Greta is famous in Sweden. So you get
a lot of the mainstream media as well. And they don’t realize how much power
they actually have. The journalist wants to
write about it. The public service, for instance, in Western Europe
have an enormous responsibility. Enormous, because there aren’t that many public service
news agencies around the world. The few that do exist, in Sweden
for instance, their responsibility is just
on a biblical scale. Because who else can do this who is not,
you know, dependent on money and income from, you know, click journalism
and stuff like this. And the editors, of course, are sort of keep saying,
‘Nah, I can’t do this’, you know. ‘It’s a bit sensitive.’ And sort of, ‘We gotta
get the other side in this.’ You’re treating it as if,
you know, like… Today we say that there’s no black and white issue.
But there are black and white issues. Survival is a black-and-white issue. Climate crisis is a black-and-white issue. And we need the journalists to sort of,
like you said, be more activist. I mean you should take responsibility,
and, you know… I don’t know. Do whatever it takes.
Do whatever you can’t do. You have to… With the situation we have today
you have to, you know… Go out, you know. Leave the chartered area.
Get off the maps. Do new stuff. STUART: Well I was just going to pick out
the one point that, unfortunately the mainstream media
is run by money. In one form or another. Money controls,
money interests control. And I think humanity has to rebel
against the regime of money. SVANTE: But in Western Europe, we have a lot
of media that is not run by money. We have the public service media. And I believe that’s our best hope
if you want one thing that… You know, we have two years to bend
the curve steep down like… You know like, I don’t know, it’s just mad,
like a rollercoaster going down. Public service, Western Europe –
I think it’s up to you. Basically. VICTORIA: So perhaps then, because
one of the last questions was, ‘What next?’ What are your
next plans, and how might that involve something
around media or not? GRETA: I don’t know. I’m just going to sit
outside the Swedish parliament every Friday until Sweden is aligned
with the Paris agreement. And then what happens, happens. STUART: And what’s going
to happen is that thousands, tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds
of thousands of students around the world are going to join Greta in
her strike on Fridays. It’s already occurring. There are tens of thousands of students who are
going out of school on Friday now in support. On their own climate strikes in many many
countries around the world. Now, we would like to leave
a little bit of time. We have perhaps five minutes more.
So is there a question? AUDIENCE: Hi, I’m Louisa.
I’m with 350.org. And I’m also youth observer
for Germany here. So, how do we communicate best that it’s
not just about stop eating meat, but it’s also just about understanding that coal
needs to be something of the past. That we cannot continue
having cheap flights. People won’t stop flying, unless it’s not affordable
or if we just cut these flights down in a sense. GRETA: This is a very
complicated question. It’s a very sensitive
question as well, because if you higher the prices, then only the rich people will be able to afford. And that is not sustainable either. But we… Neither the rich nor the poor
can consume as we do now. SVANTE: I mean, we need a
complete system change. And I believe stop flying and stop eating meat
is just a way of making an opinion for that. I mean, it’s not going to
make any difference. GRETA: It’s not going to make a difference
if one person stops flying. But it’s just… it makes other people think so
that other people do it as well. And if more people do it,
it makes a difference. STUART: There is one solution I think
that’s very promising, which is putting a fee on carbon, and then taking the revenue and distributing
it among the population. And it’s a way of subsidizing the price increases
that will go up because of that. SVANTE: Yeah, I think also, a very central thing is that,
you know, we say we need a system change. So, ‘We should not be doing this as
a private consumer’, you know. But – there is no politics. There are no politics to
solve it, you know, the situation we’re in today. There’s not one single political party that I know of
that will solve this crisis. So we need to create a whole new thing and that’s
why we also need to lead by example. Because that’s, you know… We may not like it,
but in today’s sort of social climate you need to live as you spreak,
err… live as you…. GRETA: Practice as you preach. SVANTE: Yes.

100 thoughts on “Greta & Svante Thunberg – Straight Talk

  • I commend Greta for realizing that the way so many of us are living is hurtling her generation straight into extinction of the human race among other problems if the 3 triggers all go. WE have no more time once the third trigger hits, and we're already seeing signs of dead zones in the oceans and those are growing. If we have many more dead zones, it is too late to save the species.
    Bio fuels can be used in planes that have virtually no carbon footprint from what I've heard. How about forcing biofuels for all forms of transportation in the near future. Change out the burner systems of all types of engines and get planes running on non oil products as a starting point?

  • Greta Thunberg is an amazing little woman as a woman with Autism myself & not knowing what's
    going to happen next in the world i'ts absolutely imperitive that we listen to Greta, i have the same worries
    i was mute once in a psychiatric hospital. worrying like Greta with a smaller will i felt hopeless, nobody
    seemed there for me, although they thought they cared they didn't
    because they didn't get it, they didn't get it out of me. i look at Greta and i see our peoples hero. Before my previous mute episode i spent a time not eating and i ended up in hospital again my will wasn't as big as
    Greta she is my Hero and always will be, she has woke me up from my world and as an artist i realise that
    art indeed is theft, i am now back to my old self, my Wicca self my old roots that i was advised not to follow
    by my husband when i married him, now i realise that's a folly i cant follow white witches are important
    its not Rocket science it's about giving back to the planet, to the animals, to the plants insect life not eating
    meat, these are all the things that Greta teaches what a fool ive been.

  • eating meat is not bad. its the quantity that each people consumes that is the problem. and also changing to electrical cars is not the problem. the problem is how often people change their car in nowadays. each car you dispose has batteries oils and many other staff that pollute the enviropment. so keep your old car until it becomes a piece of real junk. that is how we minimize our footprint. by recycling and consuming what we really need. you dont need a new smartphone every two years.

  • I'm surprised! Svante Thunberg says: You can't buy electric cars. You can't buy private cars at all.
    I didn't expect, he's that serious!

  • Thank you Greta for your environmental commitment, which hopefully makes us all wake up. In the short term, we must all help to reduce our over-consumption, but unfortunately this is not enough as long as the host population only increases on our planet. We get older and older, child mortality becomes lower and lower, which means that the host population only increases and we become more and more people who will share the earth's resources. We should be fewer and the only way to remedy this is to get fewer children per family. It will take a while before the population decreases but do we really need more than 1-2 children per family?

  • the lack of action from the rich and powerful is shocking. they HAVE to act now because very soon climate change will be irreversible

  • finally, the first audience question puts the 'stop eating meat' and' keep fossil fuels in the ground' messages in one sentence. They are the same message, totally interlinked.

  • Uma saudação à jovem Greta grande lutadora do Ambiente! Deus a abençoe e guarde pela sua luta! Todos nós precisamos de salvar a biodiversidade do Planeta.

  • With a chance of sounding a little Star Treky ( https://youtu.be/_H5uPyU2oKE ), is money fit for purpose anymore, when, in the current model, it is the cause of so much misery all around the world? Climate change is obviously the major issue I'm thinking of here, but it is not the only problem money causes or exacerbates.

  • Thank you Greta! God bless you on your mission 🙏 Does anyone know what that song is at the end of the video? 🎵♥️

  • A dor, desespero e incredulidade que sinto há muitos meses e que, agora, sei tem voz activa e é ouvida. Começou a surgir a esperança. O desespero e o nó na garganta deram lugar à gratidão e à garra. Obrigada, Greta! Obrigada Svante e Malena. Obrigada Stuart e Victoria. Obrigada António Guterres.Sinto-me acompanhada. Sei como posso inspirar mais os meus filhos. Consigamos unir-nos e contagiar os corações mais impermeáveis.

  • Even if we get carbon to 350 today instantly, the amount of energy we have already stored in the earths biggest climate "thermostat" the ocean, will still keep us in a very bad place at the least. And it saddens me to say this but numbers dont lie, only humans lie.

  • They are correct, it requires a complete change in human behavior. I think politicians, wealthy 1%, and many people actually know this deep down, but dont believe they can or everybody else will or whatever. Thus yes they know the candles almost burned out, and they are waiting like the rest of us for the 2nd foot to fall. Humanity, the heat engine would have to stop on a dime, and even IF we did that very few if any would survive the changes already built into the system. IF THE ENTIRE WORLD were to put down their arms and embrace towards fighting our true enemy, our own inharmonic lifestyle, AND PUT EVERYTHING into the climate change issue, we may have a small chance. It saddens me to say this in a way, but in truth we have had this coming for thousands of years, the wisemen and ascended masters have spoken to this behavior issues for all humans existence. But the majority of humanity didnt listen, instead they chose a route like catholicism, sin all week and say sorry sunday, yet never change??? You cant fix a problem within the same system thats causing the problem…i think even einstein said something to that matter. Peace.

  • Human beings are a cancer on the planet, as soon as that fact is sunk in, the answer to save the planet is simple. Go figure.

  • Media has power that is why it's been bought by the powerful and big business they drive the narrative. They don't want us informed . Now you have to work to get true investigative journalism and information it absolutely should not be this way. It's work to be informed. That's where I've started.

  • I am from India. I also have a problem called asperges syndrome. I am proud to say that i am a carbon neutral person. I noticed in this video while talking Thunberg father drunk water from a plastic water bottle, i was eagerly waiting to see Thunberg should not do that. Finally she made it by drinking water from her own bottle.
    1. For that question regarding stop flying, i have a suggestion rather than avoiding or stop flying we can make research on zero carbon emission flights by solar powered electric flights. We can't make carbon tax which is not sustainable idea because it will again lead to carbon emission.

  • The way we farm animals AND plants is the problem. Factory farming – even if you are vegan – is not going to work. We need to grow plants AND animals together LOCALLY. This is how nature works, and we have to live within nature.

    Grasslands are huge carbon sinks – if we have large herds of herbivores roaming around every year or two. Grassland has more carbon per acre than forest – grass is 80% root. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmssrVInP0

  • CHANGING YOUR DIET TO A PLANT BASED DIET IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST IMPACT ANY HUMAN CAN HAVE WITH THE LEAST EFFORT IN ORDER TO HELP THE PLANET

  • the world needs to be full of Gretas. People who care about the future of humanity. The planet needs to be protected.

  • It's not homo sapiens, it's this culture of ours.

    Carbon tax? Look what happened in France (yellow vest movement)!

    Not 7, it's 7.7 billion, and growing (currently the net growth is 80 million per year).
    So shall we live all in misery on a Mad Max planet, or start having fewer kids? Stop growth!

    populationmatters.org

  • As a kid in the 1970's, you would always see bees, wasps, butterflies, and many other insects in the summertime. IT IS VERY VERY FRIGHTENING how you rarely see these same insects anymore. The planet is dying. We are putting profit and big businesses before this beautiful planet. It is sad, but I believe that the human race will leave it to late to save the planet.

  • How can we accomplish critical change when the expectations – air travel etc. – are so unrealistic.

  • When I was a child we were told repeatedly that we were due for another ice age. As a teenager the world was told there were giant holes in the atmosphere and we were going to die. Now as a adult we are told that the world is going to end in 12 years do to CO2 . So which fear should I really be worried about? We should be more worried about is the loss of fertile land, forests, habitats, and the ever growing abundance of garbage, polluted lands and water.

  • It's wonderful to see Greta's father being so supportive of her decision to speak out for the environment. While not all parents are able to take time off work or alter their careers to reduce their carbon footprint drastically due to financial necessity, those that can should take a page from what the Thunbergs are doing. And everyone should do what they can to learn more about climate/environmental issues and change their lifestyle as best they can. I don't see a parent manipulating his daughter at all. It is apparent to me that Greta herself is in charge — getting her parents to become vegetarian/vegan, stop flying in airplanes and instead take trains, subways, buses. At the end of this video we see her helping her father make the point "practice what you preach"…. what a determined, smart young lady. I'm glad she energizes current activists as well as the ordinary public. I hope she presses on, continues to pressure the powerful with her straight forwardness and doesn't take to heart all the cruel lies being thrown at her.

  • I wonder if they thought that they would be this far along, 9 months later. In an important sense, the content of commercial media is influenced and censored by their advertisers, because that's where the money comes from. I read that in the time that the world population has doubled, demand on natural resources has tripled. Everybody wants to live like the richest countries. This can't continue.

  • Progress is fueled by true insight, knowledge, and skepticism, not by Lemmings and Luddites led by Chicken Little.
    Unfortunately, it is far too easy to say "the Sky is falling!  A piece of it hit me on the head!"
    Pronouncements you'll never hear from global warming Activists:
    1) Whether they know the cause of earth's historic glacial and inter-glacial warming periods;
    2) The optimum climate for earth;
    3) Whether mankind can ever change the weather, let alone global climate (show us an example); and
    4) Whether their demanded changes to our social behavior can ever be cost-effective.
    Group-think is very sad and destructive thing.  
    Get informed.  
    Then think critically, and think for yourself.

  • What amazing parents who love their daughter and believe in her so much that also changed their life style. xoxoxox I wish everyone had parents like that!

  • we need a international climate organization with huge power to enforce the issue , an organization with enough power to issue international sanctions on countries who do not comply

  • I find it extremely hilarious to watch the father and the daughter fight back and forth over the microphone. Literally at times pulling it out of the other ones hands. Just put a grin on my face😊

  • In this video, from last December, Stuart describes "tens of thousands" of students coming out for Fridays For Future. Ten months later, the numbers are in the millions. We'll need hundreds of millions on the streets to really change things so, roll up your sleeves!

  • Greta is my inner 16 year old….I felt just as her, in agony and utter disbelief that when people knew what was happening to the earth, they did nothing…..
    That was 30 years ago. I have so many feelings……one is a depth of Gratitude for the validation that I no longer feel so alone. She is incredible. I appreciate her so very much. ✊

  • embarking on the road "The budget is spent. There is no carbon budget. We are borrowing from future generations. We are making their lives much more difficult."

  • Thank you for the great title " Straight Talk". Yep. Listen, get informed, and change, innovate for change which is dawning. ☀️🌻🍀🕸🌒🐠🐕❤️

  • Her parents support of her is incredible – they trust the truth of Greta’s message and show so much devotion to her path and calling. She looks like her dad 💜

  • Go ahead and make this a joke. Mother Nature will be coming for you next. Can you say algorithm. Over 30 years ago I studied environmental science at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. I was also studying chemistry and physics. I soon realized that the equation they were using as a linear model was incorrect. In all actuality this is an algorithm. Factors that are at play become a constant multiple. I determined the things they were teaching us to believe were flawed and when I tried to share my discovery I was laughed out of town. I couldn’t believe the souls for sale. The Bible says Jesus will be back and after listening to your recent words at the U.N. climate conference I realize you are just as valuable to this planet. Finally a true lady walks this world and leaves me in awe. I am so sorry for the past actions of my fellow Americans from the killing of baby Indians with boots so they can save their bullets to the cowards that used slaves for their own gains. To me it’s much the same just a different subject. I will share this with you. My final conclusion was that in or close to the year 2020 there will be a 1 trillion dollar storm season. Major insurance companies will go bankrupt and the world will sink into a depression like never seen before. Hydrogen technologies could have easily addressed this problem years ago but fools lead. The emperor wears no clothes. I have been keeping my voice silent cause the world wants fake and not doom and gloom. But I have been keeping records that may be able to help you with statistics. Whatever happens in the future know that you are one of the most amazing woman that I have ever listened to in my life and with your generation there will be much struggle but so much more class then any time in history. God bless.

  • I pray that this time we may see actions by our governments to force the needed corporate regulations for our species future. This truly is man's last chance to effect any of the cataclysmic, extinction level events to come. Let us yet hold hope, not despair, for as long as we have a voice. Thank providence for such as Greta Thunberg.

  • Giving up meat and dairy easier and quicker than giving up driving and flying. Go plant based. Eat local. Can do it now, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Then stop flying or at least reduce.

  • The world ready or not must make the necessary changes to save our future existence. I admire Greta and Svante for their stance

  • Good work, Greta.

    You're my hero.

    Wish I had your courage.

    Greed and corruption know no decent boundaries, by definition.

    We're in an EMERGENCY:

    change now, or global civilization will destroy our food’s habitats worldwide.

    If we continue fossil-fueled “business-as-usual”,

    then the resulting greenhouse gases will cause a run-away warming of our planet (estimate is 4 to 9 degrees C).

    This would cause extreme weather worldwide

    which would destroy the entire current web of life as we know it.

    On the other hand, if we stop all fossil-fueled industry,

    then the air pollution would clear out of the sky,

    and more sunlight would immediately warm the earth some (science estimates approximately 1 degree C)

    up to a total of approximately 2 degrees C above pre-industrial average temperature.

    This would cause the worst hurricanes, droughts, and floods that we have ever seen in our human history.

    Reality: we’re stuck “between the impossible and the unthinkable.” — David Roberts

    How has this happened?

    Science has measured it:

    if we use the amount “X” of heat to burn fossil fuels,

    that creates pollution that causes 60,000X of that original burn heat in the atmosphere over the course of that pollution’s lifespan as greenhouse gases.

    Two choices:

    1) sacrifice now (and even cause pain)

    or

    2) delete life on Earth.

    There is no Planet B.

    This is not a drill.

    Reinvent, reimagine, rebuild.

    Think of the last 100 years as our "bumpy start" or "growing pains"…

    Let's make it the beginning of our future!

  • Terminate all nuclear weapons, remove your ego, the greedy ones has to look them self in the mirror and ask themself " what the hell am i doing" with this mindset by doing what is right will save the world. Humanity needs to wake up before it's too late. Being unselfish and spread love and peace..no more wars is from my perception the right thing to do. Adult people are acting like they have no brain..braindead? Bullying a little girl. Hate will feed more hate. I think this child is brave.

  • How come this (wonderful) 16 year old knows so much more about climate change than our politicians??? This is a SHAME!

  • I have heard Gretas message and I have changed. I no longer eat meat/dairy. My car sits in my driveway. My bank account is growing because I am not participating in excessive consumerism. I’m doing my best. However, I would like to see the beautiful world I live in. I am willing to take the train, but I would also like to see Europe, Asia, and Africa. Is there a practical alternative? I am not asking in a sarcastic way. I really want to know. I want to do my part.

  • It's not THAT difficult to understand climate change – all you need to do is take the time – to READ / RESEARCH / THINK (it's all there on internet). ie you need to sacrifice some time away from time wasters like: social media; Reality TV; stupid TV programs like cooking / gardening (just for a short while). Devote a little time and energy to it. Get informed.

  • If nobody speak for the innoscents then who?

    IT'S THEIR GENERATION! IT'S THEIR RIGHTS!

    #GreatGreta
    #ClimateStrike

  • I know this sounds silly but I do t know *exactly what I need to do in my own life to make a change. I’m assuming giving up my 4wd car and only getting public transport is one thing. No flights? Which is a bit sad to think I’ll never travel again. But as dumb as this sounds I do not know what to do in my life and I wish someone would produce a very clear precise list for every person so we all know what we have to stop doing and what we need to start doing! That’s all I need, is a clear list to follow.

  • Yet they still use nukes and fire big burning rockets to space..but it's our fault for breathing! Good for you Greta you're an inspiration and I love you x

  • Maybe a more scientific view would be on this article instead of the doom and gloom Greta gives us. Why doesn't she quote some statistics…charts?

    https://www.sott.net/article/422223-Understanding-the-sun-and-its-effects-on-our-climate-may-be-the-key-to-avoiding-major-climate-catastrophe

  • Stopping flights or not eating meat is not a sustainable solution by itself.The solution is simple, DECARBONIZE the climate. Help African and southern hemisphere countries to forest their lands abundantly cos their climate allows the trees to be evergreen throughout all seasons and the trees can then sink the carbon down. And Make those countries rich in an exchange for their huge forest reserves and their contribution for the climate. Meanwhile replace the fossil fuel based technologies with renewable energy sources and subsidize those technologies.

  • Climate change is very subjective, people interpret it so differently. Majority of people have their lifespan and probably their immediate child's lifespan in mind. They simply don't care about the humanity.

  • The trouble with all these humanity saving proclamations is that corporate big business has no intention of reducing their massive profits. The airlines want more flying customers, as do the gas and auto companies that want to sell us more gas and more cars. They have no plans of making less money. These corporate CEOs are the ones these activists should be speaking to, rather than the general public that are forced to pay inflated gas prices so they can drive to work to pay more inflated bills from yet another wasteful, greedy corporation. Fabulous eye-opening book, The Waste Makers, by Vance Packard.

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