Greta Thunberg, the famous Swedish climate crisis activist, recently landed upon the American shore in a racing yacht sail boat with some solar-power on board. She did not want to fly due to the pollution caused by airplanes.
In an event produced by The Intercept in New York entitled “The Right to a Future,” Naomi Klein, Sr. Correspondent for The Intercept, spoke to and introduced “Greta,” as she has come to be known around the world. The Swedish teenager took Fridays off from school to protest the climate crisis at the Swedish Parliament with a sign that read: “School Strike for Climate.” Then she went global, becoming one of the most well known climate activists in the world.
Greta has been speaking truth to power from the beginning of her appearance on the world stage.
Some of Greta’s Remarks to World Leaders
“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. You have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.” — Speaking at UN COP24 conference regarding the climate crisis
“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden, you leave to us children.” — Speaking to the UN climate negotiators in Poland in December 2018
“Is my English okay? Is the microphone on because I’m beginning to wonder?” — Speaking to British Members of Parliament who invited her to speak
“I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”
— Speaking to the rich at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
Greta has game.
The Right to a Future Event
At the recent climate event, Naomi Klein stated: “On March 15th of this year, came the first global school strike for climate. Over 2,000 strikes [were held] in 125 countries on every continent. 1.6 million people participated on a single day.” CleanTechnica readers know the climate crisis is urgent, and more people are learning about this topic and are starting to take action.
The next school strike date is set for September 20th. The student organizers would like the adults to join the action.
When asked by Naomi Klein about how many say that dealing with the climate crisis is too expensive, Greta responded, “The money is there. If we can save the banks, then we can save the world.” She continued, “We need to have the polluters to actually pay for the damage they have caused. … What we lack now is political will and social will to do it.”
To see if there’s a StrikeWithUs event near you or to create one on September 20th, please visit that link.