Greta Thunberg: Are We Running Out Of Time To Save Our Planet?
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And Greta is call for action prompted other students to walk at their classrooms and demand change in the name of global warming. Some people don't realize what's happening in some people just they don't care. And they kind of just shoving it away. Ignoring it people in the world of guiding people. Because of inaction by by our government. You know. Compliment to recognize on the verge of did it in. And then only a few months after Greta had started her protest young people all over the world decided to join her a group of students around the world is planning to skip class tomorrow to protest against climate challenges of school students of Steinke protests around the country and around the globe. Students today went on strike for the climate school start for climate has arrived in America. Too small to make a difference. That is the fact is, she has become a bonafide climate change rockstar with constant media, requests. She's reprimanded. World leaders started a movement of hundreds of thousands of students is even been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. It's an honor for me to be here with you today. Together, we are making a difference. We are in the midst of the six mess extension. And the extinction rate is up to ten thousand times foster, though, what is considered normal with up to two hundred species becoming extinct every single day. The rule should. Title, sort. The. First of her great forests toxic air pollution. Lou Sutphin sex. Because of our oceans. Diesel disorders Trent's being accelerated by way of life that we get financially fortunate part of the world. See as our rights, simply carry on. There is no greater threat to our species than the climate crisis in two thousand eighteen we emitted more carbon into the air than any single year in all of human history. The consequences are real and they're happening right now. So today on the show, explore ideas around the climate crisis and what we can do to stop the worst of it because the thing is we are running out of time. So can we save our planet from total disaster? Or is it already too late? Well, forget attuned Berg unless we do something drastic and do it right now. That answer is yes. Here's more from Greta on the Ted stage. To be one hundred. I will be live in the two thousand one hundred and three. When you think about the future today. You don't think beyond the two thousand fifty. By them. I will in the best case not never lived off of my life. What happens next? The two thousand seven to eight I will celebrate my seventy fifth birthday. If I have children grandchildren may, they will spend the day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. The people who were around back in two thousand eighteen. Maybe they've lost while you didn't do anything for the still time to act. What we do 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 meeting, my generation undo in the future. So when school started in August this year I decided that this was enough. I set myself down on the ground outside the Swedish parliament I- school strike 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. The climate crisis has already been sold. We already have all the facts and solutions. We have to do to wake up and change. And why should I be studying for future? The soon will be no more. When no one is doing anything whatsoever to save that future. And what is the point of learning facts within the school system when the most important facts, given by the fire science of that same school system kilometers, nothing, our politicians in our society? Some people say that Sweden is just a small country that it doesn't matter what we do. Br things that if a few children, can get headlines all over the world, just by not come to school for few weeks. Imagine what we could all together. If you wanted to. Now, we're almost at the end of my talk. And this is where people you should start talking about hope solar panels wind power, circular economy, and so on. But I'm not going to do that. We've had thirty years of Pepa talking and selling positive ideas, and I'm sorry, but it doesn't work because if he 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 an only then hope we come. Today. We use one hundred million barrels of oil, every single day. The new politics to change that the owner rules to keep that oil in the ground. So we come 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. That's credit. Tune berg. She's a sixteen year old climate activist in Sweden. You can see as full talk at dot com.