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

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

  1. Poor kid! Shouldn't she be out being a kid? Chasing boys with her girlfriends? I think we can all tell what her parents are like! Sad! They have turned this child into a fear monger.

  2. Hating on a 16 year old that encourages you to live an environmental friendly life for your benefit is ridiculous. All of you complaining that she “has a secret agenda”: What agenda? More trees that create oxygen for all of us? Less emissions so we don’t have a poisoned air? Really? what a devious motive 😂😂😂
    Secondly, you complain that she is telling you what to do. She wouldn’t have been on that stage if the “leaders” and “experts” would have done their job.

  3. The world is getting mad at a 16 year old telling them to use less plastic and cut their emissions, for its own benefit 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Idk, do people want to breathe poisoned air that badly? Like what’s the deal? 😂

  4. Zack you are wrong, when 16 year old children condemn my country when theirs is a mess something is wrong. As an 83 year old knowing history and studying it one can see where we are heading. Historically nations collapse after a few hundred years as ours is doing. We face socialism, literalism with a high rate, never in my years would I have thought to see legalized sodomy, genocide of the young, homosexuality okayed. Now tell me who is wrong or what is wrong. When this nation kicked God out of schools, and lives what can one expect? Anarchy, hate, foul language, our young supporting liberalism, hate. Get smart before it is to late.

  5. She will soon address the "Moon landings were real" and "Save the Artic! ..stop taking ice from there for the ice machines and drinks "

  6. Why don't we stop talking to the girl and rather talk to the wealthy adults responsible for all this scam and ask them how much profit they want to get.

  7. It is disgusting to exploit mentally ill children to achieve own financial and political interests Ask yourself who is behind her )) it will be a good example of how to make money from the air ))

  8. You’re preaching to the wrong people. If you ACTUALLY cared you’d give this speech to the Chinese. But they don’t give a sh*t.

  9. Listen Up spatic, slur go live in the wood s without you electricity without you phone, heaters , gas cooking, iPhone! iPad and let’s see his limb j last lady you ass Berger’s dpatic

  10. 내가 너보다, 섬사세끼 밥챙거 먹은고 말곤 한게없어 미안하다….응원한다. 자각할께💕💕💕

  11. What a load of utter bollocks. This silly child needs to go back to school instead of getting the MSM to treat her like some sort of hero. I wonder who put all this nonsense in her head?

  12. The Problem here is … "Politicians" Rich and Wealthy…. and Science, the Poorest of the World… Erodes into a piece of Paper, who No One Knows or cares of, because Money pays the bills, and Panic is Just a "Push of a Button"! (if you can Afford it)- I, don't have a Button to push. A breakdown of Politicians & paper, cause and effect- "That" piece of paper she is reading on is a "Double standard"..for the Richest and… the Poorest Activist! SO "Both are to Blame" and SHE is "NOT" WRONG…

  13. You're listening to a child who is the culmination of liberal indoctrination………..abused her whole life by her wacko liberal parents…..wacko liberal educators, wacko liberal politicians, wacko liberal media……..Congratulations you created a perfectly brainwashed robot

  14. Let this little climate nazi, that is mentally ill, just go and die. She spreads this global governance freak show that seeks to lie that the world is collapsing and steal our freedoms.

  15. Climate change is a natural occurrence. Nothing disastrous just evolution. Otherwise there's no technological advancement or development!

  16. Don't worry about the complete Islamification of Sweden and the rape of teenage girls by rabid economic migrants, wonder what she thinks of that

  17. Some Greatest Female Geniuses of all time:

    Emmeline Pankhurst "Deeds not words" – (1858 – 1928)
    Laura Bassi – 1732
    Florence Nightingale – 1883
    Marie Curie – Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 and Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911.
    Rachel Louise Carson – (1907 – 1964)
    Greta Thunberg – ( Active 2018 – present)

  18. You must be very stupid and desperate to critizise a teenage girl by her authentic desire for a better world. SHAME OF YOU PEOPLE! SERIOUSLY.

  19. She truely has points
    Many adults want to avoid
    Look into ourselves anh see
    We were badly spoiled

    Chân Bản Tuệ

  20. She needs to get rid of the lines she reads, no doubt written by her parents…
    This child should be back in school!!

    Love the drama, I didn't see a single tear run down her face and she went from fake sobbing to fine as soon as the applause stopped!!

  21. Hahahaha, poor child… Yes, we should panic at the prospect of having this manipulable little human becoming the standard to be adored.

  22. The kid is panicking. If you go on the internet you will see that there is a lot of sustainable action going on away from the pubic eye. There are people who do not wait for governments but just go ahead and change things for the better but they do not blow their own trumpets. She is just throwing up questions and reproaching adults and it is the wrong crowd she is talking to as well, because they adore her without offering any solution whatsoever.

  23. Where is Norwegian Barnevernet? Parents belong to prison and Greta to madhouse. With that embarrassed fellow psychologically sick Grety go fuck!

  24. She must every 3 second look on paper with words. that wasnt her words and facts from climats. sory I dont speak English 🙂

  25. I don't remember a september so cold and rainy, GRETA you are a very bad and false prophet, and you "stand" only on 3 days of heatwave and on the Climate LIE….
    SHUT UP forever , please !

  26. STOP SAYING GRETA TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL SHE CAN'T GO BACK TO SCHOOL GRETA IS DEFENDING YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE!!!

  27. Greta If your house was falling apart people just get a bank lone and buy a new one you idiot…..Everybody looks bored shit less

  28. Me siento, conmovido y sorprendido por la inmensa sabiduria de esta valiente joven, y tambien por la terrible , indiferencia de las personas , que tienen en sus manos el poder de cambiar, la terrible situacion en que se encuentra la humanidad, me sorprendo al ver comentarios , de burla hacia ella , faltandole el respeto, y demostrando su vergonzosa ignorancia, siento verguenza ajena , por aquellos que tratan de destruir, esta hermosa conciencia, que ella ha comenzado a despertar .y me uno a sus palabras su pensamiento y su amor por esta nuestra casa , la hermosa creacion de nuestro Señor ,la Tierra Viva. abrazos con todo mi cariño y todo mi apoyo querida Greta.

  29. This winter I want to see you spend your days outside with nothing on except the clothes you wore to the "How Dare You" recital and when spring arrives you can explain to me how CO2 kept you warm through the winter….
    Try this one: THE SKY IS FALLING!

  30. Panic is provoked by fear.

    "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." – Yoda

    Who would you listen to? Master Yoda or a 16 yo girl who whinks she is an expert in climate change.

  31. Y quienes más que los jóvenes para defender el planeta si al fin serán ellos mismos quienes heredarán la tierra!,

  32. She is great! Every word so true. Many big industries still don't want to listen and politicians in the hand of Lobbying and big money and the fear not to be elected again.
    Change will come. That's for sure. And yes our civilisation is fragile. Everbody gets a feeling of it when there is a power failure.

  33. Hundreds of years have taught us to maintain our calm regarding tough situations and here comes a person out of nowhere and tells us to panic?!
    I comprehend what she is trying to accomplish, but it would be a lot more effective if she just used her own words to express the problem. I also read direct from the paper or from the PowerPoint while I was in school every time I was presenting a project, and after a while I realized it didn't had much effectiveness on people because they simply didn't care about the paper.

    There is a simple thing that everybody knows, except her. Those that control the money, they control the business, and business only generates more money. A closed cycle. She doesn't have a business nor age enough to support herself whatsoever.

    If you'd took everything she has right now, she wouldn't be fighting for the climate change, but rather working so she can put food in her mouth. Instead, of bringing your children into the parliament where the grownups are, to speak for those that have no power over the money, let the kids in they rightfully schools and protect them from becoming a future target.

    (Not threatening) – if she keeps spreading fear and panic to the people, the government will act based in 2 options.
    1 – control the situation by ending the lives of those in charge of the scandal.
    2 – they would act upon it in order to resolve the problem, that truthfully speaking, has no lasting solution, meaning it would only generate more problems, more money going God knows where, and time lost over the worries of a kid.

    Politicians have brains, hearts and eyes too. But they go where the money leads. And they would only break that cycle when something in the world, regarding climate change, would happen of a very very bad amplitude.

    I could go on and on about this, but I'm tired so I'm going to bed. But at least I used my own words.

  34. If she was passionate about this, her speech would flow with her own feelings and would only have to look for key points on her notes , not have to read it word for word , fuck off fraud

  35. If you ever seen a person with down syndrome, you will understand what i mean by saying she really looks like half one.

  36. The CC pushers always say – "scientists are telling us the world is in trouble bla bla bla"…the same CC pushers are back trying to convince us a 16 year old WITH ZERO SCIENCE OR LIFE EXPERIENCE must somehow know more than their fake scientists – well we've been there before haven't we. in the 1980's we had the exact same scare campaign over the exact same issue and yes it FIZZLED.
    So here is little Greta. She only has one message and it's typed for her – Surely you all can see and know by now that little Greta has Aspergers Syndrome akin to autism – people with this disorder can also suffer eating and weight disorders and more. At her age she is easily led and is being manipulated by those with an agenda – her parents should be charged with child abuse. The poor girl will pay the price when she's older and discovers she was used and abused verbalising a script written by those with an agenda she knows not. hope she grows up happy and overcomes her Aspergers challenge. Meanwhile here she is barely out of nappies. Climate change was global warming what will it be next – the seas are not rising, the dams are not empty, the world is greener than in the 70's, the Amazon is growing at unprecedented rates and mass hysteria is the old game being played out for the criminals in the UN to profit from. You Can Bet On It. But we are awake now ! well some of us. The problem is plastic – solve that and you'll save the world. Meanwhile CO2 is carbon (you're made of it) plus dioxide (two oxygen atoms paired) the breathe of life – the more the better.

  37. What a poor girl. It's disgusting that mentally ill children are used by politician in servitude of their interests.

  38. Obviously NOT HER SPEECH! So who then wrote it for her?? That is the real question the stupid climate freak-outers should have to answer!

  39. If there was ever another great reason to go to war now is the time. I say this because the majority individuals in political power only care about their bank accounts… they will not suffer as bad as the future generations. These talks are just propanga, every war has it, if this issue is as bad as they say it is then now is tge time for cliame activists to fight. Time for talk is will soonbe over and physical action will be needed, just like it was to abolish slavery, to end Hitler, to found the U.S.A. and so on. This need for change is much greater than any other in human history so it needs a greater fight or a stronger global unity fast like never before. Like a simultaneous uprise around the globe.

  40. You're like a maestro for the team … even if humans do not pay attention, I'm three with everything for you … 6.2 .

  41. No se como estos diputados se dejaron manipular y hacen el lobby a esta criatura,estan avalando la manipulacion infantil,eso es un delito…..

  42. you silly ones…is it jealous..don't worry about her or who wrote the speech…BUT worry about Climat Change. That is the point!!

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