‘How Dare You!’: Greta Thunberg Rages at ‘Fairytales of Eternal Economic Growth’ at UN Climate Summit

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In a speech to the United Nations Climate Action Summit Monday, Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg lit into world leaders for their “empty words” around solving the climate crisis and said decades of inaction have left her generation without a future.

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosytems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth,” said Thunberg. “How dare you!”

Thunberg delivered her remarks during a panel on the climate crisis after she was asked what she thought of the worldwide climate strike movement that she began, alone, 13 months ago. But the youth activist wasn’t interested in rehashing the past or praise from politicians.

“I shouldn’t be standing here,” said Thunberg. “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

“For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear,” Thunberg continued. “How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”

On Monday, Thunberg also joined with 16 youth activists to present the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child with a “landmark complaint” alleging the world is not living up to its responsibilities under the treaty to provide “a world worth inheriting to the future,” according to Fridays for Future organizer Alexandria Villaseñor.

In her remarks to the panel on Monday, Thunberg put world leaders on notice.

“We will not let you get away with this,” said Thunberg. “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.”

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Mary
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I love this little girl… and no, it’s not been 30 years… Exxon Mobil has known this for 40 years… Our Government has known these truths for 50 years… I was younger than this girl, when I did my first painting of people struggling in a world of pollution, as I stayed indoors in the San Fernando Valley because of Stage 3 Smog Alerts… and I’m 63 today. Silent Spring was written in 1962, and spoke eloquently of a spring devoid of birds because of the misuse of DDT… since 1970 America has lost 3 billion birds… And today the… Read more »
Independent
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Independent

God Bless and protect the children who have the courage and wisdom beyond their years to fight for climate change.

Inzane
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Inzane

Look at Trump to try to smear her rep…after all, a girl, a ‘child’. and she has a ‘ferrin accent’ … makes her just as much a target as any other minority for his sick mind..

John M
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