Greta Thunberg in the European Parliament – “I want you to panic!”


My name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16 years old, I come from Sweden and I want you to panic! Around the year 2030,
we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction, that will most likely lead to the end of our civilisation as we know it. 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%, These projections are backed up by scientific facts, concluded by all nations through the IPCC [report]. You cannot ignore the scientists or the science or the millions of school striking children. I beg you, please do not fail on this. I hope that everyone will remember this day, when we were applauding Greta Thunberg for her speech, that also means that we need to look at the programme of the new European Commission, and whether they really want to change policies! policies to phase out coal, policies to put a real price on carbon, policies to make aviation really pay, policies to make sure the EU budget does not pay 1 cent to fossil fuels, policies to really green our agriculture, which we have not done until now! Thank you for your applause but I want your vote on that programme of the new President of the European Commission in July, because only then this applause will mean something.

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