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

  1. i have a problem with 8:35. There is currently no way of solving climate change in a way that people will actually do. Once you give people something like a car you can't simply say "dont use it" cause they are already to reliant on it and don't see climate change that directly affects them. The solution is to honestly wait until are current methods of reducing CO2 are cheaper (i.e. electric cars, renewable energy).

  2. She's done well, and may help cut a few million tons of CO2 over the next 20 years. That's out of the hundreds of billions of tons we're destined to release over the same period. Man WILL continue to pump hundreds of billions of tons of CO2, it's a race to the bottom, and everyone is competing.

  3. Brain washing the next generation again, this girl should be on stage at school in a theatrical play enjoying her self with friends not standing in front of the world showing her juvenile ignerance to the world, thoes behind this agenda are stealing her childhood !

  4. Save the world or rely on China.~China does not need such a strike parade, and China uses actions to protect the climate, such as planting trees.

  5. CO2-BREATH-TAX-CLIMATE-SECT-SCIENTOLOGY-GRETA want the ATOMBOMB to save the allegedly man-made global warming!

  6. Écoute Greta, tu pourrais pas contribuer à sauver le suédois ?

    Je n'ai évidemment rien voulu écouter de son discours, car l'utilisation de l'anglais dans toutes les rencontres internationales me semble être une négation de la diversité linguistique mondiale, et cette négation est aussi dangereuse pour le futur de l'humanité que le réchauffement climatique.

    Bref, non à l'anglais "langue de communication mondiale" qui s'impose sans aucun débat démocratique. Et oui à l'espéranto, évidemment !

  7. Thank you Greta and everyone who cares about our Mother Planet. EVEN SMALL ACTION is COUNTED: Just pick up plastic from the street on the way to school or office. Grow some veges or plant a flower or a tree if you can, do not buy new clothes every week, eat less meet….share LOVE.

  8. Das Leben ist ein Wunschkonzert. Aja… Such dir nen Job. Hauptsache hunderttausende gammeln Freitags ab und vermüllen die Städte. . .

  9. Save the CLIMMAT !! stop driving petrol Cars! Away with the Coal and CO2 !!! Also Rain forest and othe r tree MUST be cut down because they make oxygen for humans woh is the most CLIMAT vermin !! And dont Fly by plane anymore! FridayNoFuture# Everyone who canbe a roll model — stop braething!! We can save the Global worldclimat!! But it is already 12 to 5 !!!!

  10. You cannot change the law not even by force, it's the law of all forces even the concious forces. First proof your wisdom with age in the times of Geofrey Epstein. Hans und Gretel aus der Schweiz.

  11. Speaking about her coming "children and grand children" and speaking about environment. Paradox. DON´T BREED PEOPLE. Life is a useless battle, each hour, and we destroy all around, we live in our rubbish. A nightmare.

  12. You asked me where to begin…. Am I so lost in my sin?one world we all come from one world we melt into one! some way we find our way home!

  13. I fear that no matter what other countries does, we will always have China and India (as an example) that doesn't give a f*ck

  14. 100 years from now people will ask, "Why didn't the Democrats do anything about illegal immigration?"

  15. Why do we tell children that Santa Claus is real but then depress them with fearmongering about climate change and the death of the planet?

  16. What have you done today instead of spending the day on social apps and thinking abou the best comment?
    Act for hope. NOW.

  17. It is beautiful but I fear that it is only utopian. The majority of people take pleasure in their situation. Egoism prevails in the world, rich countries are aware of drifts but are reluctant to change their behavior when we see the addiction of young people for useless technologies. emerging countries jealous of rich countries and want the same thing. Just the comments here confirm it. Our land will do its cleaning work and we will not have a choice .

  18. Wild, love your worx, thanx. You are very kind. Yes, only our hearts allow us to see that all life are needed threads in the fabric of life, that "…we(e),…" can never allow to be torn asunder. War isn't the answer, it's only the ever asked and never answered adequately question, why? And, when bees are extinct, humanity will not be eating and soon after will follow them. As well, without freedom of the press no other freedoms would exist. The 'Big Fix' is in again, remember, if it ain't fixed don't break it; time's short, hour's late. Sources for evolutionary growth 🙂 reality

  19. You sheep are so herded, you deserve this pied piper of doom.The sun controls climate change.This little girl has the life experience of an ant.

  20. Greta, from your astounding wisdom, please illuminate our understanding of the following upon Earth's climate: Schumann's Resonance, solar flares, and the cyclical movement related to the Earth's orbit around the Sun, which are: eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession.


    This vedios everyone can understand that,the world is wide.there must have atleast 600cr people.
    But most of the people are doing for thier profit.their economic growth,their power and they need only to increase their pockets.
    And only a few people, communities, like Greta thenberg,Suzuki,NRDC,EWG,UCS are doing the protection of nature and our eco system.

    The words of Greta thunberg is very very suitable for this era "the climate crisis has already been solved.we already have all the facts and solutions.All we have to do wakeup and change.
    we want to change a lot,and start with small and spread it for the next generation……..

  22. Hillarious. Taking advantage of children for spreading progressive ideas. The real definition of "left". Aren't there any progressive institutions to raise their voice up, against exploiting of children?

  23. Dear Greta, If this is something to be in an absolute panic about: why aren't all Presidential candidates, and concerned world leaders, only campaigning by teleconference? Why are those who are the nation's "moral compass," Hollywood and Congressional Left, still globetrotting? Why haven't Al Gore, Obama, Clinton, Michael Moore, Don Lemon, Joy Behar, Cher, Barbra … all concerned world leaders and all scientists, cancelled all air travel and downsized their homes? Why haven't they all become vegans, using their moral authority and pristine ethics, as inspiration to the "unwashed masses"? We should be PANICKING? It's all "do as I say, not as I do." Or, as so called virtuous Christians/Jews/Muslims/Hindus etc., who sanctimoniously declare their belief in God's miracles, until it's inconvenient to practice their beliefs. I see FAR more than most people would like me to see.

  24. Sie hat nur das Problem das sie noch nicht in die Pupertät gekommen ist… Wen der Tag mal kommt wird sie sich auch nichtmehr für sowas interessieren :p

  25. My six year old spoke about weather modification at speakers corner and he also speaks two languages.
    Back the in the 80’s a spoke at a school assembly about climate change and got quite a few teachers to join greenpeace but what I said now leads to the agenda of solar radiation management and all you are hearing is information that is 30 years out of date.
    That 12 year estimate was about the point of no return which past in 1997.
    If you can’t repair the rainforests you have zero chance

  26. Instead of being so focused on cutting everything out of our lives, why cant we take a balancing approach? Replant all the trees, plant your own fruit, still eat meat if you want but maybe buy local, use renewable energy instead. Not everything has to be you cant do this or you must stop that, just use alternatives and get into new habits

  27. I suppose she lives in a cave with no gas or electric, wears grass clothes and lives on nuts and berries. NO? Oh well then, she is part of "climate change".

  28. all the people says:"we need to stop with emissions." but we cannot, thats the problem. we cannot stop China,USA and India or we stop the mudial economy. Thats the problem.

  29. She said we should give up meat and dairy, which are very nourishing foods, yet we consume a huge amount of non-nourishing, harmful foods or substances that require agricultural practices that are causing global warming, as well as many nourishing foods that are shipped or flown thousands of miles. These include chocolate, coffee, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined wheat, soybeans, modern oils made from seeds, indigestible and bee-killing almonds, tobacco, marijuana, wine, beer, coconut oil, and olive oil, all packaged up in plastic. And fruit, that is supposed to be some kind of answer to our environmental problems, requires a huge amount of pesticides. If we want to eat ecologically, we need to stop eating so much fruit, cook our own food to avoid packaging and waste, and shop locally, using the whole animal or fish in soups and stews. You can't compare meat and dairy, especially when they're pastured and locally-sourced, to non-nourishing and harmful foods and substances-these are what we need to eliminate, so we can save our soils, our planet, and our health. I get rye grain for my sourdough rye bread from a local farmer, who told me that rye grows better without fertilizer or pesticides, in contrast to wheat, which requires both in large amounts. Eat like your ancestors, and both you, and the planet, will be healthy.

  30. Predicting a long-term future climate state is impossible. The climate is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, this makes research and modelling impossible.
    Panic, anxiety and fear are all emotions, it's ill-advised to solve any problem when in an emotional state. Keep calm, turn to independent scientific data and think things through before acting!

  31. Climate is changing by it s does this for s not caused by humans this is propaganda and massive psy ops to pass anti-human agenda

  32. ‘This girl has a cyborg face that ignores emotion – no smile, no laugh, no astonishment, no amazement, no pain, no joy. She is a silly child seeking approval. She is a one a flock of sheep 🐑 who believes himself free by bleating the catechism that adults teach them’
    Michel Onfray ~ French philosopher and writer

  33. I thought this would be the next big movement for humankind. But this video barely got a tenth of the views of a piewdiepie meme review

  34. Wie könnt ihr ein autistisches Kind instrumentalisieren ihr kranken Freaks? Sie ist nicht der Messias sondern euer Opfer!

  35. Well white peoples birth rates are at an all time low. This talking potato should really be telling brown people to stop breeding so damn much. Btw she looks like shes taking a dump several times throughout her speech. Sad her parents and politicians are using her.

  36. The problem is even if a good part of the world acts, countries like China and Russia and others might not be apart of acting which makes it almost pointless to even bother.

  37. Climate experts that can't get my weather 100% accurate or detect and earthquake more the 10 seconds in advance. Sounds more like the experts don't know their hand from their foot. Saving the climate doesn't exist. Sorry to break it to ya. Read the book of Revelation and do us all a favor. Learn the truth. Stopping climate change, lol. Might as well say, lets stop the volcano from erupting. Stop getting duped. Hey everybody. Lets stop catastrophic climate change.

  38. Weaponizing of children is a new low for the progressive movement… This useful Greta reminds me of one of those girls that were used to encourage the workers to hand over every grain of their harvest for the better of the ussr in the earl 1930's; fascinating times we live in.

  39. Important and vital message. One of the best and most authentic talks on this issue that I have seen. I am thankful Greta is truly acting on her convictions.

  40. Sweetheart when I was about your age there was this gulf war…the videos of war touched me like you…..but almost after 30 years we still have war in Syria and mass immigration …gun massacre…..nothing will change…..we are all average people who have to get up in the morning and work to pay bills …..don't look back and regret years later that you didn't enjoy life like a normal youth…..go to school learn …learn skills to help you survive…go crazy have fun… are from a tiny Scandinavian country…..the people who are really polluting are from other populated countries. You will be surprised the amount of waste Mumbai ( india )produces in one day……everything has to end….the earth will end too….maybe in distant future another planet will be like earth……remember Billy Joel song we didn't start the fire

  41. So now teenagers with Asperger syndrome and messianic complex lecture adults on subjects such as this? Well, actors with IQ in low double digits but serious private jet obsession, do it all the time, and the public refuses to just throw rotten eggs into their faces. This super-annoying and pretty vicious child deserves nothing less. Even before she starts speaking.

  42. She is like a game of thrones character just imagine her giving you hope on the radio during wartime with the nazis lets hope she can make the politicians take action.

  43. The Satanic New World Order are not satisfied with transgenderism. Now they want to turn children into adults and adults into children.

  44. The Illuminati control Sweden more than any other country in the world. Has anyone investigated who this girl is and who is promoting her?

  45. My action started two months ago. No more milk, no more cheese, no more eggs, no more red meat, no more chicken. Thank you for your words! Very wise and honest.

  46. The global industry is not ready yet to lower all their emissions, it simply can't be stopped as quickly as we would want to, simply because the moment a company drastically spends money on r&d on how to improve their co2 footprint, reduces their efficiency, in this global competitive market a company from overseas will be in the advantage.

    The whole nature, the mindset, of humans would need to change and I personally do not see this happening, atleast not quickly enough.

  47. Wenn Bäume W-lan produzieren würden, würde man Bäume pflanzen wie die Verrückten. Leider nehmen sie nur CO2 aus der Luft Für die Fotosynthese, und geben uns Sauerstoff, den wir brauchen. Sprich gegen 5G, dafür werden Bäume gefällt, lass CO2 in Ruhe und hilf Bäume zu pflanzen, sonst werdet ihr nicht alt werden.

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