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School strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules | Greta Thunberg | TEDxStockholm

School strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules | Greta Thunberg | TEDxStockholm

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 have 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 “School strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules | Greta Thunberg | TEDxStockholm

  1. When Few Children's can Make Headlines by just Not Going To Schools , Imagine What We All Can Do If We Wanted .

  2. When you read a bunch of mainstream articles but cannot discern that when it is BS…you panic.

    She should be panicking about the fact that the "health care" system gave here those "diagnoses."

  3. The crisis is that medically diagnosed mentally ill patients are now given a platform to speak on the behalf of the world.

  4. mental disorders make people obsessed about certain topics, Gretaś obsession is creating and generating fame and lots of money behind all these. Her parents and more people who manage her trips, talks and trips all over the world. why people think this is right? my uncle has a mental disorder and despite he sometimes tells the truth, it does not mean I am going to make a living out of his obsessions.

  5. Only the blind would say she’s doing bad for anyone. Thank you Greta. I’m 3 years older than you and you say exactly what I wish I could say so truly I thank you for your courage

  6. she is smart she is soo smart and i felt new generations are so sensetive but things doesnt working like this greta world more sucks place than you think she says petrol half of world died because of petrol nobody doesnt care world everyone care money money more money

  7. Parents and "educators" abused this child, she's been brainwashed and because of this,stripped of her childhood.

  8. Fossil fuels were not banned because the alternatives hadn't developed as far. Your very own Europe has taken giant strides in renewable use. It's easy to brainwash a kid to give shape to your propaganda. It's easy to criticize. Stopping fossil fuels will bring the industries to a standstill globally.

  9. This child is the reincarnated soul of Soviet gymnist Elena Mukhina. It's her soul. The same soul. She even looks just like her. ??

    And yes I know Greta was born three years before Elena died but just bc someone is alive doesn't always mean their soul inhabits their body. No one will ever know for sure. Just an odd feeling…

  10. the tragic irony (her being female) is that the problem is created by wealth and power , which in turn is created by hypergamy .

  11. TEd you reached rock bottom. Inviting this manipulared child…..bad actress nominared by the elite for the science fiction movie "climate change: there is no time left". She talks about greenhouse gases and %, yet she doesn't know what she is taking about. Just repeat nonsense BS from her handlers. Yes to improve altenartive energy and green technology but no, there is no crisis. Gore predicted we would be death by now ….no serious scientist would support this nonsense….

  12. Luke 17:26-37

    26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

    28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

    30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” [36] [a]

    37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.

    He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

  13. Greata Thunberg is a project of the ELITE to tax people and take their freedom! Google for her families connections to the "Club of Rome"

  14. The reason "they carry on like before" is that climate change IS NOT AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT.  It's a HOAX.  And for all those wolves about to screech and call me a denier, anti-science, etc., witness this from London's Observer 2/21/04: "Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters…major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas…by 2020.  Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world…as early as next year widespread flooding by a rise in sea levels will create major upheaval for millions."  Get it?  HOAX and LIES.  That's what Greta ought to be throwing a tantrum about as she did at the UN.

  15. Thank you for your words. I hope this will encourage more of us to overcome our overwhelming and take action. Love from Spain

  16. American and Chinese do not care about the environment while one is experiencing the desertification in the bulk of its territory and another has a bigger typhoon every year.
    Then, someone else should save the world. The rest of the world should levy a heavy tax on Chinese and American export goods and utilize the money to reduce CO2 emissions. EU or Japan can offer technology and curb the half of emissions to zero. We could save the world regardless of what American and Chinese do.

  17. Adults seeking the global truth on a teenager that never left her rich parents ever and skip classes to dictate how people should live their lives
    Doing great guys ?

  18. the pro extintion warriors are amazing, just read the coment section and found coments like "she is joseph gobles" "she is brain washed" "look at his face she have problems"
    please, PLEASE. tellme where greta thumberg touch you, deprive you of your pride and left you crying. Tell me how she did that by you watching a video of her. Im thrill to read how much this ofend you.

  19. This protest caused major traffic jams all over the core of the city I live in. Hundreds if not thousands of cars sat idling for 40 minutes plus. Multiply that by every major city in North America and likely most of Europe. Not to mention the crowds were full of people with plastic water bottles and disposable coffee cups. This is why you don’t listen to 16 year olds.

  20. Shes inadequately informed. What I see is an oratorical presentation of personal opinion. Educate her with facts and for sure she'll regret spouting these words. Im not blaming her though im just sad to see youths having these subjective ideology and adhering to such has very serious implications.

  21. She was overreacting in her first video. Oh please don't judge me . I'm worried about our ecosystem too . I do things to save nature .

  22. The negative comments are from the people who only care for themselves.
    They don't have community or Earth awareness, they are stuck in a rut.
    Their words try to stop action, but science continues to prove them wrong.
    We are not putting up with believers in fairy tales anymore, they are the enemy.

  23. Where is the science Greta? Where is the data showing these constant extinctions? You won't get through to people by just talking. You need to show the facts. Please stop talking if you are just speculating and accusing. You keep mentioning the 'facts' exist but you fail to mention the facts themselves. You will look back later in life and realise that you were just a puppet in the big boys game. You SHOULD attend school and gain some credibility.

  24. If this were actually a life threatening problem ALL scientists would be agreeing on. I mean do you really want to hope for a better future if she’s trying to promote apocalypism?

  25. O que vocês querem é destruir os seres humanos. Vocês podem fazer isso. Mais… O inferno estará esperando por vocês. Pois quem pode tirar a vida é o dono da vida, JESUS CRISTO. eles estão fazendo lavagem celebral em muitas pessoas, e muitos ficam aí celebrado suas próprias morte. Vigilância pessoal vigilância. Para a solução do meio ambiente é cada um de nós fazendo a nossa parte. Cuidado, são tantas gente morrendo de fome, e eles não estão se preoculpando com isso.

  26. She learned about "global warming" at 8 years old and says "apparently" is was something humans created.

    We know someone who decided at 8 years old that she had to become a vegan because killing animals for food was hurting them.

    Seems to me 8 years old is a little early to decide such things.

  27. She is a great young person who is unfortunately being used as a puppet. I have seen her on a panel being asked a question without the influence of the people close to her and she struggled so hard to even give an answer .

  28. I wonder if she would be willing to travel to africa on a wooden raft , instead of that sail boat that was most likely 50% plastic.

  29. The day we listen to an uneducated ill experienced 16 year old sweedish girl with multiple mental disabilities about a incredibly complex topic is the day humanity is failing.

  30. Staken en demonstreren is een recht. Forum voor democratie weet niet eens wat democratie is! Achterlijke partij om jongeren zo slecht weg te zetten. Hetze tegen jeugd begint de spuigaten uit te lopen!

  31. The goal here is carbon tax. Every person and family will pay and industries who produce the most get away with paying a small percentage .

  32. I find it strange how the climate keeps getting worse and worse every year even if more and more people start to be more climate friendly.
    Its almost like the climate doesnt care about what people do, it still does what it does.

  33. When ever I have a big problem to solve I consult with a sixteen year old with a PR guys script. Who wants us all to be carbon taxed.

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