Greta Thunberg’s brutally honest speech to the UN is a tough but essential watch
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old creator of the school strike movement for climate action, addressed the UN on Monday, and she didn’t pull a single punch. If you’re reading this with unnecessary lights on and the heating turned up, you might want to stop that before you listen to her words.
“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.”
My full speech in United Nations General Assembly. #howdareyou https://t.co/eKZXDqTAcP
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 23, 2019
Her powerful statement split the internet, with many being shaken by its honesty, and the usual suspects suggesting she’s a puppet of people trying to spread a fake climate change message.
Here are some of the comments from both camps. First, the sceptics.
Who's your writer, Greta? She should work harder to avoid cliches. At this point, you are worse than irrelevant. You are boring. https://t.co/54fQmzhwp8
— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) September 23, 2019
Sorry, Greta the Climate Puppet.
The only changes coming are that the world will burn even more coal/oil/gas and atmospheric CO2 levels are going up.
The real world has no use for your brand of hysteria. https://t.co/yfEKXtqtNS
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) September 23, 2019
Finally watched the full Greta speech at the UN. The lunatic intensity was terrifying. Prediction: within 5 years she’ll be a member of an eco-terrorist group.
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) September 24, 2019
By far the majority of reactions were on Greta’s side of the climate change debate, as are almost all relevant scientists.
“The fairytale of eternal economic growth” is my favorite line from @GretaThunberg’s speech.
An old Native American quote comes to mind: “When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money”
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 24, 2019
The words #howdareyou belong in every city hall in the United States.
No more "climate Mayors" who aren't acting on climate. https://t.co/9ZwIbridSj
— (((Matthew Lewis))) (@mateosfo) September 23, 2019
General observation that the people who have problems with Greta Thunberg, a child acting like an adult, are also often the people who have zero problems with adults in office who act like children.
— Hanna Alkaf (@yesitshanna) September 24, 2019
Writer Ed Solomon had no time for the naysayers.
Fascinating to watch these adults try to diminish Greta Thunberg like they tried to diminish the Parkland kids: poo-pooing them simply because they’re “children,” when in one year they’ve done more to change the world than 8 billion grown ups will have done in their lifetime.
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) September 24, 2019
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