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‘Most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us. We will not understand it until it’s too late.’ — Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg scolded leaders for failing to act on climate change while there is still time.
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In world news 2019, Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is speaking out against adults not doing more to curb fossil fuels and take climate action. This Greta Thunberg speech shows her commitment to climate activism and fighting the effects of global warming. Thunberg demands environmental action in the speech. Greta Thunberg began a school strike movement to fight global warming. Hundreds of thousands of students have joined climate strikes around the world

Greta Thunberg: I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science. Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask? In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us. I was fortunate to be born in a time and place where everyone told us to dream big; I could become whatever I wanted to. I could live wherever I wanted to. People like me had everything we needed and more. Things our grandparents could not even dream of. We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing. Now we probably don’t even have a future any more. Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. It was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit, and that you only live once. You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us. We will not understand it until it’s too late. And yet we are the lucky ones. Those who will be affected the hardest are already suffering the consequences. But their voices are not heard. Around the year 2030, 10 years 252 days and 10 hours away from now, we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it. That is unless in that time, permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have taken place, including a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 50%. Many people say that we don’t have any solutions to the climate crisis. And they are right. Because how could we? How do you “solve” the greatest crisis that humanity has ever faced? How do you solve a war? How do you solve going to the moon for the first time? How do you solve inventing new inventions? ‘So, exactly how do we solve that?’ you ask us – the schoolchildren striking for the climate. And we say: ‘No one knows for sure. But we have to stop burning fossil fuels and restore nature and many other things that we may not have quite figured out yet.’ Then you say: ‘That’s not an answer!’ So we say: ‘We have to start treating the crisis like a crisis – and act even if we don’t have all the solutions.’ ‘That’s still not an answer,’ you say. Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling. Sometimes we just simply have to find a way. The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything. And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses. We children are not sacrificing our education and our childhood for you to tell us what you consider is politically possible in the society that you have created.

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