Shall we celebrate Greta Thunberg?
Climate activist : Greta Thunberg, 15: "My appeal to the world"
For the first time, the student Greta Thunberg from Stockholm got more attention when, shortly before the Swedish parliamentary elections, she started skipping school every Friday in order to demonstrate in front of parliament for climate protection. She achieved worldwide fame through her speech at the UN climate summit in Katowice. The activist has also inspired and activated many young and older people in Berlin and Brandenburg. Here is her full speech to world politics at the 2018 climate summit in German translation:
"My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old and come from Sweden. I am speaking on behalf of Climate Justice Now. A lot of people believe that Sweden is only a small country and that it does not matter what we do. But I do." learned that you are never too small to make a big difference, and if a few kids can make headlines around the world by simply not going to school, imagine what we can do if we really wanted to, but to do that we have to speak plainly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.
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You only talk about eternal economic growth because you are afraid of being unpopular. All they talk about is going on with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess. It would only make sense to pull the emergency brake. You're not grown up enough to put it that way. You leave even that burden to us children. It's not about being known to me. I'm interested in climate justice and a planet worth living in. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunities of a small group of people who want to make more and more money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people can live in luxury in countries like mine. It is the sufferings of the many who pay for the luxury of the few.
In 2078 I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have kids, maybe they'll spend the day with me. Maybe they'll ask me about you. Perhaps they will ask why you did not do anything when there was still time. You say you love your children more than anything, but at the same time you are stealing their future from before their very eyes. By the time you start focusing on what needs to be done and not what is politically possible, there will be no hope.
We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We have to leave the fossil fuels in the ground. We need to focus on justice. If it is impossible to find solutions in the existing system, we should change the system itself. We didn't come here to beg world politicians to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We're running out of excuses, we're running out of time! We came here to let you know that change is coming, whether you want it or not. Real power belongs to the people. Many thanks."
Videos of the speech now have more than 300,000 clicks on YouTube. The Swede also called on schoolchildren worldwide to do the same and to demonstrate against climate change in front of town halls and parliament buildings on Fridays. Further protests are organized under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
What the students are calling for
You want to shake up. Because the incomprehensible seems to take its course - mankind obviously does not manage to finally stop the ongoing global warming in the gears of everyday stress. “We have to make sure that this earth remains habitable. And that is the responsibility of this generation ”, said Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) after the adoption of the rules at the World Climate Summit 2018 in Poland, which many criticized as too short. More instead of fewer greenhouse gases are still being emitted. About 300 schoolchildren from Berlin and Brandenburg responded to the appeal of “Fridays for Future” last Friday. On December 21st there is again the “#ClimateStrike” in the Bundestag from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to demand the implementation of the “#ParisAgreement”, writes the Twitter initiative “#FridaysforFuture”.
What young people want
A future on this earth, with its biodiversity, without increasing sea level rise, increasing weather extremes and feared mass migration in a few decades. There are many ways to get involved, even without breaking compulsory schooling.
In Katowice, Poland, at the beginning of December and until last week, almost 200 countries negotiated a set of rules for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement at the climate summit. The main goal is to limit global warming to well below two degrees. The agreements were criticized by environmental groups as insufficient; greenhouse gas emissions are increasing instead of increasing.
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