WATCH: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit


Greta your first climate strike was a
lonely event a little over a year ago and in the intervening time you have
sparked the interest of millions literally of children around the globe
demanding action for climate change what’s your message to world leaders
today 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 in my childhood
with your empty words 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 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 and the risk
of setting of 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 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 67 percent chance of staying
below a 1.5 degrees of global temperature rise the best odds given by
the IPCC the world had 420 gigatons of co2 left to emit back on January 1st
2018 today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons how dare you
pretend that this can be sold with just business as usual and some technical
solutions with today’s emissions levels that
remaining co2 budgets 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 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 you

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