Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’
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Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’


My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden and I want you to panic. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. I have said those words before. And a lot of people have
explained why that is a bad idea. A great number of politicians have told me
that panic never leads to anything good. And I agree. To panic, unless
you have to, is a terrible idea. But when your house is on fire and you want
to keep your house from burning to the ground then that does require some level of panic. Our civilization is so fragile.
It is almost like a castle built in the sand. The facade is so beautiful but the
foundations are far from solid. We have been cutting so many corners. Yesterday the world watched with
despair and enormous sorrow how the Notre Dame burned in Paris. Some buildings are more than just buildings. But the Notre Dame will be rebuilt. I hope that its foundations are strong. I hope that our foundations are even stronger. But I fear they are not. Around the year 2030, 10 years,
259 days, and 10 hours away from now we will be in a position where we
set off an irreversible chain reaction that will most likely lead to the
end of our civilization as we know it. That is unless in that time permanent
and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have taken place. Including a reduction of our CO2
emissions by at least 50 percent. And please note that these calculations
are depending on inventions that have not yet been invented at scale. Inventions that are supposed to clear our
atmosphere of astronomical amounts of carbon dioxide. Furthermore these calculations do not include
unforeseen tipping points and feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas
escaping from rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost. Nor do they include already locked in
warming hidden by air pollution. Nor the aspect of equity or climate justice
clearly stated throughout the Paris Agreement. Which is absolutely necessary to
make it work on a global scale. We must also bear in mind that these
are just calculations, estimations. That means that these points of no return
may occur a bit sooner or later than that. No one can know for sure. We can however be certain that they will
occur approximately in these timeframes because these calculations are
not opinions or wild guesses. These projections are backed up by scientific facts concluded by all nations through the IPCC. Nearly every major national scientific body
around the world unreservedly supports the work and findings of the IPCC. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. and the extinction rate is up to 10,000 times
faster than what is considered normal. With up to 200 species becoming extinct every
single day. Erosion of fertile top soil. Deforestation of our great forests. Toxic air pollution. Loss of insects and wildlife. The acidification of our oceans. These are all disastrous trends
being accelerated by a way of life that we in our financially fortunate part of the world see as our right to simply carry on. [Applause] But hardly anyone knows about these catastrophes or understand how they are just the first few symptoms of climate and ecological breakdown. Because how could they. They have not been told. Or more importantly they have
not been told by the right people and in the right way. Our house is falling apart and our leaders
need to start acting accordingly. Because at the moment they are not. If our house was falling apart our leaders
wouldn’t go on like you do today. You would change almost every part of your
behavior as you do in an emergency. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
fly around the world in business class chatting about how the market will solve everything
with clever small solution to specific isolated problems. You wouldn’t talk about buying and
building your way out of the crisis that has been created by
buying and building things. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the
breakdown of the climate and environment. [Applause] You wouldn’t be arguing about phasing
out coal in fifteen or eleven years. If our house was falling apart, you wouldn’t
be celebrating that one single nation like Ireland may soon divest from fossil fuels. You wouldn’t celebrate that Norway has decided
to stop drilling for oil outside the scenic resort of Lofoten islands but will continue
to drill for oil everywhere else for decades. It’s 30 years too late for that kind of celebration. If our house was falling apart the media
wouldn’t be writing about anything else. The ongoing climate and ecological crisis
would make up all the headlines. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
say that you have the situation under control and place the future living conditions for
all species in the hands of inventions that are yet to be invented. And you would not spend all your time as a
politician arguing about taxes or Brexit. If the walls of our house
truly came tumbling down surely you would set your differences
aside and start cooperating. [Applause] Well our house is falling apart and
we are rapidly running out of time. And yet basically nothing is happening. Everyone and everything needs to change. So why waste precious time arguing about
what and who needs to change first. Everyone and everything has to change. But the bigger your platform
the bigger your responsibility. The bigger your carbon footprint
the bigger your moral duty. When I tell politicians to act now the most common answer is
that they can’t do anything drastic because that would be too
unpopular among the voters. And they are right of course since most people
are not even aware why those changes are required. That is why I keep telling you
to unite behind the science. Make the best available science at
the heart of politics and democracy. The EU elections are coming up soon. And many of us who will be
affected the most by this crisis people like me, are not allowed to vote. Nor are we in a position to shape
the decisions of business, politics, engineering, media, education, or science. Because the time it takes for us
to educate ourselves to do that simply does no longer exist. And that is why millions of
children are taking it to the streets school striking for the climate to
create attention for the climate crisis. You need to listen to us, we who cannot vote. You need to vote for us, for
your children and grandchildren. What we are doing now can soon no longer be undone. In this election you vote for the
future living conditions for humankind. And though the politics needed do not exist today some alternatives are certainly less worse than others. And I have read that some parties do
not even want me standing here today because they so desperately do not
want to talk about climate breakdown. [Applause] Our house is falling apart. The future as well as what we have achieved
in the past is literally in your hands now. But it’s still not too late to act. It will take a far reaching vision. It will take courage. It will take fierce determination to act now
to lay the foundations where we may not know all the
details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and
make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible. And it’s OK if you refuse to listen to me. I am after all just a 16 year
old schoolgirl from Sweden. But you cannot ignore the scientists or the science. Or the millions of school striking children
who are striking for the right to a future. I beg you, please do not fail on this. [Applause]

100 Comments

  • Love Trump

    PS: For All IDIOTS Out there: Our House is NOT on FIre. The Sand Castle is not about to fall over. You are safe….no matter what Greta or Satan or any other charlatan tells you.

  • Marie Devine

    This Earth Management Committee cannot work for the glory of peace; but there is a way. The reason nations are not anxious to join in on Climate Change and Global Warming is because of differences of opinion. All recognize we have a problem, but we do not agree that taxing the population and bringing it under strict control is the solution. Freedom is a most precious calming influence on mankind; it gives us power to think clearly and maintain an active relationship with our neighbors and our government. When freedom is lost, even for what is seen as important reasons, it destroys incentive and excitement in life.

    The reason the United Nations and the Sustainable Development arm with Agenda 21 etc. have been unsuccessful in getting solutions to what is called "Global Warning" and "Climate Change" is because they do not have the authority to implement "forced behavioral modifications." That is what Mikhail Gorbachev stated when efforts had not been successful after several years. The goal of the World Integrated Administrative World Government system seems to be the "establishing of a STRONG UNIFIED leadership center" which would make their decisions mandatory, an obligation with penalties for failure to comply being the power for the "forced behavioral modification" needed.

    We destroy our atmosphere, making it dangerous to man and planet with our modern lifestyle and pride. We left our little family farms to become great in the city, not realizing we were separating the joy of family, outdoor life, food giving animals and trees and vegetation that gave us fresh food for healthy, stress free, bodies. It is NOW that we can see what we lost as we seek promise of "health care for all" to pay for the sure diseases we expect. Our energy use in our small communities was spread out so the impact was not so dramatic and harmful to man and planet, we used renewable energy of trees. Now we are in cities … our foods are transported in; the electric and gas power of thousands + of our apartments, homes, businesses and automobiles is concentrated within (?) 30 miles; and then we must use vast amounts of polluting energy to travel (occasionally) to see our loved ones. This is an easy problem to fix; just back out of our system. Moms were home, teaching their children and cooking their foods, and teaching the values of our Creator and society, showing the youth how to become good sons and daughters and parents and citizens; that alone corrects most of the ills of our society.

    The daily laws of life are easy, Love our Creator, who proved and revealed Himself in the Torah-Law through Moses and the prophets, and love our neighbor as ourself in the wisdom of our Creator's easy laws. Through Yahushua Ha Mashiach, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we are shown eternal life, powers to heal, transportation without vehicles, and many other great things that are waiting for us. We are being judged to give us what we want, a life with thankfulness to a God who loves us or a life alone without God. We have free choice. Choose God's Eternal Life.This Earth Management Committee cannot work for the glory of peace; but there is a way. The reason nations are not anxious to join in on Climate Change and Global Warming is because of differences of opinion. All recognize we have a problem, but we do not agree that taxing the population and bringing it under strict control is the solution. Freedom is a most precious calming influence on mankind; it gives us power to think clearly and maintain an active relationship with our neighbors and our government. When freedom is lost, even for what is seen as important reasons, it destroys incentive and excitement in life.

    The reason the United Nations and the Sustainable Development arm with Agenda 21 etc. have been unsuccessful in getting solutions to what is called "Global Warning" and "Climate Change" is because they do not have the authority to implement "forced behavioral modifications." That is what Mikhail Gorbachev stated when efforts had not been successful after several years. The goal of the World Integrated Administrative World Government system seems to be the "establishing of a STRONG UNIFIED leadership center" which would make their decisions mandatory, an obligation with penalties for failure to comply being the power for the "forced behavioral modification" needed.

    We destroy our atmosphere, making it dangerous to man and planet with our modern lifestyle and pride. We left our little family farms to become great in the city, not realizing we were separating the joy of family, outdoor life, food giving animals and trees and vegetation that gave us fresh food for healthy, stress free, bodies. It is NOW that we can see what we lost as we seek promise of "health care for all" to pay for the sure diseases we expect. Our energy use in our small communities was spread out so the impact was not so dramatic and harmful to man and planet, we used renewable energy of trees. Now we are in cities … our foods are transported in; the electric and gas power of thousands + of our apartments, homes, businesses and automobiles is concentrated within (?) 30 miles; and then we must use vast amounts of polluting energy to travel (occasionally) to see our loved ones. This is an easy problem to fix; just back out of our system. Moms were home, teaching their children and cooking their foods, and teaching the values of our Creator and society, showing the youth how to become good sons and daughters and parents and citizens; that alone corrects most of the ills of our society.

    The daily laws of life are easy, Love our Creator, who proved and revealed Himself in the Torah-Law through Moses and the prophets, and love our neighbor as ourselves in the wisdom of our Creator's easy laws. Through Yahushua Ha Mashiach, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we are shown eternal life, powers to heal, transportation without vehicles, and many other great things that are waiting for us. We are being judged to give us what we want, a life with thankfulness to a God who loves us or a life alone without God. We have free choice. Choose God's Eternal Life.

  • Rudolph Reindeer

    This is all Theatre! Most of us (Especially in America), care about our planet, but the Hysteria being created by certain groups of people, is Crazy! Shame on people for using children as Props to further their own agenda! BTW, a team of Scientists, have discovered an active Volcano beneath Antarctica Ice sheets.

  • Francisco AR

    APOCALIPSIS 11:18 But the nations were filled with wrath, and then your own wrath came and the time set for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves, the prophets, as well as the saints and those who fear your name — both to the little ones as to the big ones— and to destroy those who are destroying the earth ”.

  • Are we in The clear?

    Volcanoes going off, cause more pollution in one day than all humans in 50 years!! Guess what , volcanoes are currently blowing their tops all over but you will not hear about that!! now that would cause panic! No amount of money, scientists, politicians, ideas, plans , or awareness for climate change( money maker) is going to stop what is really happening to Earth!!!! Your “ Science” will never let you in on what’s really coming to Earth!!! No one and nothing will be able to stop it!!! Just go play jump rope and enjoy your life on Earth while it’s still here. 🌏☄️🔥🌊💨🌨⚡️☄️☄️

  • don chadwick

    anyone heard of dynacert for carbon decreases in diesel fuel-why are they not buying and installing world wide-could make a large impact.

  • Mascotal

    Overpopulation is the real cause for world pollution. Not greed, not government, not a wasteful past. Millennials should understand they would not be hear if the past had been different. If you truly want to make a difference, stop making babies.

  • Sandra Cruz

    We may elect more conscientious leaders to take some action, but change will always be individual and begin on the plate, leaving out the flesh of any animal. Go vegan.

  • Sczn Taylor

    Her and trump opposite stand on climate change sounds as convincible as the way they speak English. I think English is her second language, let that sink in.

  • pancho VILLA

    YEAH. NOTRE DAME WAS BURNED BY YOUR FRIENDS THE MUSLIMS. YOU………..MISGUIDED AND DECEIVED BRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ronchel

    Otra que habla al dictado del Rojerío o del tal Soros !!!! …. A que nos la tenemos que creer !!!!…. Pero si esta pobre cría, tendría que estar en el colegio !!!…. Lo que hay que oír !!!! Por Dios, por Dios !!!!…..jajajajajajaja

  • Tree Rae

    Greta, thank you for bravely stepping forward and starting this movement! We support you, we will stand beside out and we walk out with you!
    Thank you so much for saying all the things I would have wanted to. Things can't stay this way with people dunking their heads in the sand. We will hold them accountable.

  • roger komula

    The lying little bitch was in a room today with Trump and said nothing. The little fraud has been flapping her gums for months and when the moment comes, she freezes. Time for the useless bitch to go away.

  • Morphh Fpv/gaming

    She should go back to school, everything she says sounds so awfully contrived, and also learn what panic actually is, there is a reason we have fire drills.

    And what , based on scientific facts? You find these "facts" on both sides of the aisle. You can choose to be biased, you can also choose not to fearmonger.

  • Words, words, words.

    she's got some balls on her. I have a couple of comments. guts and idealism only go so far. it all comes down to money and power. unfortunately, she does not have enough power (probably) to sway the tide. I definitely applaud her courage and passion, though. It will spark some people but the audience she's speaking too, I think their priorities are elsewhere. there are probably quite a few sociopaths out there. I wouldn't say greta is naïve but she probably at this point in her life doesn't fully get how the world works. I applaud her for trying. when she started crying, I did too.

  • Hey Buddy Guy Friend Pal

    There shouldn’t be a dry eye in the room. She speaks TRUTH from the heart. Either you get it or you are evil. AMERICANS- please review Andrew Yangs policies! Unite and make the best available …. we can start to make up for what we didn’t start back when.

  • Jadhiel Ayress

    Uma idiota sendo usada como massa de manobra. A mesma política que prega sobre mudança climática é a mesma que apoia o comunismo/socialismo. O interessante é que todos os anos é a mesma ladainha. Se procurarem vídeos no youtube, verão que o tema "Aquecimento Global" é mais antigo que andar para trás. Sabe o que mudou de lá para cá? Só os idiotas que acreditam nisso. Assistam a vídeos (do Ricardo Felício, professor e meteorologista) falando sobre o assunto; ele e outros. Muitos não sabem, mas essa grita sobre aquecimento global é mais um recurso para ganhar dinheiro – e não é pouco, milhões vão para o bolso charlatães que levam a mensagem de um tal "aquecimento global" que já queimou os neurônios de muitos incautos.

  • Steve McGuire

    Holy crap…scared to death, totally indoctrinated and brainwashed over a pony crony science fake theory. This is an example of group child abuse. Her parents are to blame as well. This is total insanity.

  • Lin Jia

    Well. this is an angel sent by god to tell us some facts. What god does not understand, is that we have already made another god on earth, it is called money. It is very powerful here.

  • Michael David

    Wisdom comes with experience not unbridled passion. Experience would
    tell her she may be wrong and causing things to become worst. I know
    because when I was her age it was nukes from Russia and a new ice age
    and I was very afraid and hated Russians and feared the coming ice age.
    Until I became friends with a Russian and he said they did the same
    thing to them. I ice age turned to global warming then climate change
    because it didn't warm. Stop using children's fear to get control!!!

  • rolando jose

    Una nina luchando valientemente por hacer conciencia al mundo, de que si los lideres de las naciones no hacen algo para detener la contaminacion de la atmosfera, llegara el dia que sera demasiado tarde para salvar esta tierra, porque el dano sera irreversible. Grandes masas de hielo que estuvieron congelados desde siempre, ahora se estan quebrando y derritiendo debido al recalentamiento global, pero lo estamos viendo y es como si no pasara nada, porque nadie toma medidas para remediarlo.
    Dios esta hablando de diferentes formas, y seguimos sin entender, o cambiar nuestra manera de vivir. El alma de Greta sufre, al ver que las cosas hermosas de este mundo se estan perdiendo, sin que parezca que su mensaje esta llegando y pegando en la conciencia de los que tienen el poder para comenzar a hacer el cambio.

  • Paul Hawkins

    This is horrid and horrible for a child to be used in this perverse way – She is unaware that she is being utilized by greedy liars

  • Paul Hawkins

    Why does she have to read? – And who wrote the words? – These are sheer lies AND PROPAGANDA AND THIS IS SHAMEFUL. She is a mere puppet

  • Cliff Vegas

    If it takes a school girl to rally the world about sustainable climate solutions – so be it. I'm there. I'll be there. Absolutely.

  • Ron Yeahright

    These "experts" who are telling us today that the earth is irreversibly
    burning up, are the same "experts" who taught us all in school in the
    1970's that we were all "heading for another ice age". I still clearly
    remember going home from school and telling my parents exactly that.
    Fast forward 20 years, and its "global warming". As a side point….do
    you know what completely reversing the "ice age" statement to "global
    warming" in 20 years is compared to how old the earth is??? The earth
    is 4.5 BILLION years old, so 20 years out of that is equivalent to
    0.0000016222 days out of one year. That further translates to 0.14
    seconds. Which means these "experts" completely reversed their ice
    age/global warming findings comparatively more quickly on a geological
    scale faster than you can blink your eye.

  • Ron Yeahright

    These "experts" who are telling us today that the earth is irreversibly
    burning up, are the same "experts" who taught us all in school in the
    1970's that we were all "heading for another ice age". I still clearly
    remember going home from school and telling my parents exactly that.
    Fast forward 20 years, and its "global warming". As a side point….do
    you know what completely reversing the "ice age" statement to "global
    warming" in 20 years is compared to how old the earth is??? The earth
    is 4.5 BILLION years old, so 20 years out of that is equivalent to
    0.0000016222 days out of one year. That further translates to 0.14
    seconds. Which means these "experts" completely reversed their ice
    age/global warming findings comparatively more quickly on a geological
    scale faster than you can blink your eye.

  • Ninja Hotfrm

    except she's not doing it for the applause or popularity. She only cares about the future of the human race on the pale blue dot.

  • Ben Stevinson

    Greta is a highly intelligent and intellectual individual! 😁👍 People should take her message on the climate and the environment seriously!

  • Clarkecars

    The GD Communist are indoctrinating our kids with dangerous lies. They are creating a pretext for genocide but too many are blind to their methods.

  • Clarkecars

    The earth has half the CO2 it had a thousand years ago. CO2 provides better conditions for plant life. It is time to directly confront and challenge these unhinged useful idiots.

  • Europa Europa

    Greta has been reincarnated as Jim Jones, the creator of the
    JonesTown cult. He also gave ranting tirades that all of his followers
    were going to die.

  • Fracken D

    Clearly she got some degree in climatology and also being the youngest scientist in the world
    So in ten yrs we're doomed?? where have I heard that lie before?? Oh yes Al Gore 20yrs ago
    Seriously where's she getting her data??
    The Earth has gone through warming periods before without human influence, they note. And not all of the evidence supports global warming. Air temperatures in the lower atmosphere have not increased appreciably, according to satellite data, and the sea ice around Antarctica has actually been growing for the last 20 years.

  • Andres Valenzuela

    Fear and panic is the mind killer, education and knowledge alleviate fear, get facts and learn from all sides. Science, real science is skeptical. you are well meaning and fierce. Go were the facts go, even if its not what you want it to be. Make sure, if the house is on fire, you dont throw more logs in the name goodness or progress. dogmas are hard to give up

  • GJOrange

    Spoilt little actress with a Eurovision Contest participant mother and an actor father. Just another one of those cases of a child coached by parents to gain fame.

  • JFK EOrder Abolish Fed Res

    Oil , Gas , Propane etc. WHO is producing these products ? WALL STREET Elite. Does her family have a CAR or a Horse?
    Does her family her school her Drs Office her friends have electricity ?
    Todays Technology is over 7000 years old, spark plug is 500,000 years old.
    Free Power has been available for Centuries. The Elite refuses to introduce this, so not to lose TRILLIONS in Commerce and Revenue and Profits.
    She's a Brain Washed COMMIE PLANT. Because USA Honorable Donald J Trump knows told UN CLIMATE Change is a HOAX.
    ALL Weather today is controlled by HAARP, via 5 Submarines. Prior The satanic ILLUMINATI controlled HAARP t
    damage maim harm all life on Earth.
    Many say Earth is too polluted to UnPollute. JOHN Hutchenson Purified PERDIDO BAY Alabama / Florida  off the GULF of MEXICO. Using Frequencies.Hutchison-Lazaryan frequency generator clears polluted Gulf …@t › news › hutchinson
    @t Ray Rife cured 150 Cancer Patients using Frequencies.
    528 hz is The Green (chlorophyll) of our Chakra and the Rainbow. Means GODS MIRACLE No. And LOVE.
    Look up Solfeggio Scale will show those frequencies of Healing.

    Everything in the Universe is a Frequency. BOLTS of Lightening into the Oceans Kills Nuclear Radio Activity.
    The satanic ILLUMINATI , FED, CIA, FBI, to this day are attempting to Steal Ukraines Natural Resources.
    Steal Russia Pipe Lines that supply most of Europe including her country… Lets see her chop wood for a winter
    with out UKRAINES OIL.

  • wcresponder

    Yay! she's learned to guilt and finger point and intimidate and NOT impliment change.
    Let's see if she truly understands what happens if stop all the bad right here right now.

  • Ethan Ekstrand

    If you take all the humans on the planet and tally up the amount of CO2 they produce from respiration, it is more than all the cars on the planet produce combined. And that is only taking into account humans. If you added all the animals, insects, bacteria, ect. It would be an astronomical amount more of CO2 produced that we could ever produce with hydrocarbon burning alone. This girl, like many others, is clueless to the science and regurgitates in a group think bubble.

    Climate Change is happening, and has been happening long before humans were here in a cyclic fashion for hundreds of millions of years – That is scientific fact. What is not scientific fact is that – humans are the cause of climate change. These people, and so called scientists break the biggest rule in scientific investigation: correlation does not equal causation. In order to prove that humans are the cause of climate change you would need an exact replica of the earth from this point, where there was zero burning of fossil fuels to compare to in a controlled experiment. But guess what? that's impossible. So you can't make the claim that humans are the definitive cause of climate change. If anything deforestation is the most impactful human activity, not the burning of fossil fuels. Trees are essentially a carbon sink, because not many living things burn cellulose for calories.

    Most of you probably just regurgitate some shit you heard Bill Nye say, who isn't even a climatologist, or meteorologist. Its deceptive and unscientific to make the claim that there is a majority consensus in the scientific community that climate change is human induced, when there is only consensus that fossil fuel burning and climate change are correlated. But again – Correlation doesn't equal causation.

  • Dina N

    You’re a child!!! Tell your parents to send you to Baltimore, New York, LA, SF etc to pick up the trash just like the volunteers that aren’t polluting our air by spewing 💩 like you and instead are actually “DOING” something about it. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Dona101

    Really Fucking Hell…that is what we are turning our beautiful Earth into…and a child has to spell it out…how much more can our rivers be drained, our water tanks cut down and oxygen giving oceans absorb…plus the suffering of all species except those humans doing alright for themselves. Greta is 'Gods' gift, this time around!

  • Butch R

    " You wanna hear a good idea? "Vote Greta for President of the United States of America!
    "Trump and Pence both candidates for Gitmo.

  • David Lizarraga

    Using a child to promote fear and hysteria is inappropriate. These are not her words just a regurgitation of so called climate scientists.

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