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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:55 PM

This Badass 15-Year-Old Just Stood in Front of a Bunch of World Leaders and Totally Called Them Out

This Badass 15-Year-Old Just Stood in Front of a Bunch of World Leaders and Totally Called Them Out
“Our leaders are behaving like children,” she told the UN summit.
Damian Carrington
December 5, 2018 6:00 AM

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish climate activist, began a school strike over climate change that has now spread to Australia, the US, Japan, and other countries.Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

This story was originally published by the Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.



Action to fight global warming is coming whether world leaders like it or not, school student Greta Thunberg has told the UN climate change summit, accusing them of behaving like irresponsible children.

Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August. But more than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US and Japan.

“For 25 years countless people have come to the UN climate conferences begging our world leaders to stop emissions and clearly that has not worked as emissions are continuing to rise. So I will not beg the world leaders to care for our future,” she said. “I will instead let them know change is coming whether they like it or not.”

“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” she said. “We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with. We have to make our voices heard.”


The conference of nearly 200 nations is taking place in Katowice, Poland, and its main task is to turn the vision of tackling global warming agreed in Paris in 2015 into concrete action. On Monday, Sir David Attenborough told the summit that without action “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon”.

Thunberg, who had a meeting with the UN secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday, said: “What I hope we achieve at this conference is that we realize that we are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First we have to realize this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.”

On Tuesday, Guterres said: “Our younger generations will have to help drive, and complete, the work we start today. We need to harness their energy, invention and political power to raise climate ambition.”

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Reply This Badass 15-Year-Old Just Stood in Front of a Bunch of World Leaders and Totally Called Them Out (Original post)
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 09:35 PM

1. Fabulous!



Empowered women and girls will move social issues like this to the front. She has the courage of her convictions.
So psyched to see how the gender shift in the House will play out, too.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 09:44 PM

2. it's a movement

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:23 PM

3. She is amazing!

Thank you Greta! I think you are destined for a very bright future. You are a true leader.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:03 PM

4. Wow! What an inspiring young lady!

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:08 PM

5. Bravo

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:21 PM

6. If we ever vote for World Presidents, I hope they're individuals like her. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:53 PM

7. Brava! It Will Be the Young People Who Bring the Change We Need

I’m afraid the generation in charge now is too corrupted and drowning in avarice.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:56 PM

8. Outstanding!

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