Greta Thunberg speech
Greta Thunberg speech

Greta Thunberg speech at UN climate on global warming

A little more than six months ago, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg first came to the parliament building and refused to go to school, as long as politicians do not begin to comply with the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Today, about 1.5 million people have joined her protest, and Greta herself claims the Nobel Peace Prize.

On August 20, 2018, 15-year-old Greta decided that she would not go to school until politicians paid attention to the problem of drought and forest fires in Sweden caused by global warming. Before the parliamentary elections in the country then remained for about three weeks. Greta Thunberg sailing took a home-made poster with the slogan Skol Strejk For Klimate (“School strike for the climate”) and a pack of printed flyers with a short text explaining why she was sitting out at the Riksdag building.

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“I’m just a messenger, but all the hatred is on me. I am not saying anything new, I am simply repeating what scientists have been talking about for decades on a sensitive issue like Global Warming and Climate Change. I agree with you: I’m too young to do this. But since no one is doing anything and our future is at risk, we feel the need to continue. ” Greta Thunberg.


“We, children, often don’t listen to what adults tell us to do. We act like adults. And if you adults don’t give a damn about my future, then I don’t give a damn about me either. My name is Greta and I’m in ninth grade. And I refuse to go to school before the parliamentary elections in the country. ” On the same day, they began to write about the girl at the Riksdag on social networks.


September 8, the day before the election, Greta announced that she was not going to stop, and announced “Fridays for the future”, Calling on everyone to join her fight and hold protests outside the parliament buildings in all countries (this was inspired by the campaign against weapons that schoolchildren from Florida started after 17 people were shot dead at the school). The idea was supported by youth around the world, young indifferent activists began to publish reports on their actions on Instagram under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.

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“Some people may just let things go their own way, but not me. Especially when it comes to things that bother or sadden me like global warming and climate change which are big issues at present but no one focuses on them. When I was younger, teachers at school showed us films about plastic in the ocean, about the fact that polar bears are starving due to global warming, and so on. I cried when I watched it. My classmates were also worried, but when the film was ending, they could calmly go about their business. I can’t do that. These shots just stuck in my head, ”said Thunberg.


She developed stage of depression at the age of 11. The girl stopped going to school, eating and chatting with friends. Problems began with classmates, because she was not like everyone else: doctors diagnosed Asperger syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder) and selective mutism in Greta and her younger sister Beata, which manifests itself in the fact that a person is not always able to talk when this it requires a social situation.

Greta Thunberg speech
Greta Thunberg speech

Greta claims that she writes all her speeches herself (she consults only with scientists – to clarify complex terminology), understands how important the public image is (pay attention to her constant braids) and how to communicate with journalists. When the girl began her actions regarding climate change and global warming issues at the parliament.


She forbade her mother to attend them – so that no one would think that she was not of her own free will or that this was part of a public relations campaign. The fact is that shortly before the start of “Fridays for the Future,” Greta’s parents released the book “Scenes from the Heart”, which tells how mental disorders of children made them think about the health of the planet.

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According to Greta, she carefully thinks about what things she wears, what she says and with whom she is friends with Facebook, but despite this, she still becomes an object of criticism – yes, she is a child with special features, but she is also a public person. In January, close attention was drawn to a photograph of Thunberg, who was riding on a train to the Davos Economic Forum.


Then accusations began that behind the name of Greta hid specific business initiatives. In particular, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote that the entrepreneur and PR specialist Ingmar Renzhog, using the name Greta, raised about $ 1 million for his eco start regarding the Global warming and Climate change serious issues. The girl really communicated with Renzhog and for some time was a member of the youth council of the organization, but categorically denies that she or her family had anything to do with fundraising.




Frequently Asked Questions about Greta

How old is Greta Thunberg

She is 16 Years Old.


Where is Greta Thunberg from

Greta is from Swedish and her full name is Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg.


Who is Greta Thunberg’s mother

She is a Swedish opera singer and her name is Malena Ernman, 48 Years old.


Who is Greta Thunberg’s Father

Greta’s father is an author by profession, arts Manager and producer and actor. His age is 50 years old.


When was Greta Thunberg born

Greta is 16 years old. She was born on 3rd January 2003 in Sweden.


How can we help stop climate change

There are several ways which will be helpful to stop climate change which should be followed with disciple by all of us.

  • Use Public Transport more often
  • Save Energy- Try different alternatives like Solar Energy
  • Reduce Meat Consumption- The production of meat entails significantly larger emissions of greenhouse gases than the production of chicken, the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and grain crops. But you personally can do a lot. Reduce meat consumption in favour of fruits and vegetables. If this is difficult to achieve, try not to eat meat once a week.
  • Dispose of waste, use recyclables, even water
  • Inform and train- It is necessary to spread the knowledge of climate change and global warming issues with your loved ones and to your children from early ages. Teach them the possible ways they can make a habit to control this issue. Greta’s protest is some good example for everyone.



Greta Thunberg speech
Greta Thunberg speech

Global Warming (Climate Change)


Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather conditions from decades to millions of years. This can be a change in average temperatures or a deviation from the climatic norm (for example, extreme weather events).


Global warming refers to a definite and continuing increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system.


Climate is a measure of the average sample of temperature changes, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, the number of atmospheric particles and other meteorological variables in a given region over a long period of time. The variability of the climate from year to year proves that it is inherent in constant change.

Such variability is normal. This is due to changes in ocean currents, volcanic activity, solar radiation and other components of the climate system, which we still do not fully understand. Our climate also has its extremes with devastating consequences (such as floods, drought, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.). But in the past decades, many indicators and studies indicate that global warming is occurring.


A report to policymakers of the 5th report issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in October 2013 states: “Climate change or Global warming has been unconditionally happening, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented. The atmosphere and oceans warmed up, the amount of snow and ice decreased, the sea level rose, as did the concentration of greenhouse gases. ”

What causes global warming?

Temperatures on Earth are acceptable thanks to a natural process called the greenhouse effect. When solar radiation reaches our atmosphere, the part is reflected back into space, and part passes through the earth and is absorbed by the Earth. This causes the Earth’s surface to heat up.

The heat from the Earth is radiated outward and absorbed by the gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere, the so-called “greenhouse gases”. This process prevents the disappearance of heat by providing an average temperature of around + 15 ° C instead of -19 ° C.

There are several greenhouse gases responsible for additional heating of the atmosphere, which are produced by people in various ways. Most of them are released after burning fossil fuels in automobiles, factories, and power generation. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is responsible for much of the global warming and other observed climate change.

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Other gases include methane produced by landfills and agriculture (especially the digestive systems of grazing animals), nitrous oxide from fertilizers, gases used for cooling and production processes, and deforestation that would otherwise absorb CO2.


Climate change is changing our economies, health, and communities in many ways. Scientists warn that if we can not significantly stop global warming issues at this stage, the results can be disastrous.

Here’s what can happen if the Earth warms even more:

  • When the water is heated, it increases in volume and the oceans absorb more heat than the earth, thus sea level rises
  • Sea level will also rise due to melting glaciers
  • Coastal cities may be flooded
  • Areas with heavy rainfall can become hotter and drier
  • Many lakes and rivers can dry
  • The spread of drylands will create difficult conditions for growing crops
  • The amount of drinking water can decrease significantly, which will affect food production and agriculture
  • Many species of plants and animals can disappear from the face of the Earth
  • Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms caused by climate change and water vapour may become more common


Greta‘s idea is to arouse concern in people, especially politicians, about climate change and to give the problem as wide publicity as possible.

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“I do not want you to hope for the best. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day. And then they began to act. If your house is on fire, you don’t sit at the table and don’t talk about how to rebuild it, ”she said at the Davos Economic Forum. – When your house is on fire, you run out into the street and call the firemen. This is the style of thinking that we must have. ”


Greta plans to go on strike until the Swedish government takes the necessary measures to ensure that the average temperature increase on the planet is within 2 ° C. Greta did not take these figures from the ceiling – these requirements were developed by scientists for Paris Climate Agreement 2015 regarding climate change problem, and they are very real. To achieve such a result, Thunberg proposes a 15% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, as prescribed by the agreement.


According to Greta herself, about one and a half million people from more than 50 countries joined the Fridays for Future movement. About 2,000 events were held in 123 countries on all continents, including Antarctica, following the example of Greta and schoolchildren, and adults take to the streets of their cities individually and in groups to draw attention to the problem of global warming.

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ID magazine called Greta the voice of a generation, Time included her in the list of the 100 most influential people of 2019 along with Michelle Obama and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. About the girl wrote, “The Guardian”, New Yorker and dozens of other respected publications. Greta also took part in the UN conference, became a guest speaker at TEDx Stockholm and will soon release the book No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference (Collection of her keynote speeches). And this is not even half the list of her achievements over the past year.


One can differently assess the public image of Greta and the demands that she voices. Perhaps she will not achieve significant changes, but it was thanks to her that hundreds of thousands of young people thought about environmental problems such as global warming and climate change problems significantly ignored at present and this topic began to be covered on the front pages of all world media.


The scale of youth involvement in some European countries turned out to be so large that the authorities even tried to connect this with some “external forces”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel unsuccessfully mentioned environmental protests in the context of Russia’s hybrid war and manipulation of public opinion during her speech at the Munich Security Conference.


“In Germany, children are now protesting in favour of climate change protection – and this is a really important problem. But it’s hard to imagine that after years, and without any external influence, the children suddenly realized that they should take part in this global warming process, ”Merkel said. This terribly angered the public. To such an extent that the German Chancellor had to explain his words: this was an example of mobilization on the Internet, but in reality, she actively supports active youth.


In Belgium, the Minister of Ecology of Belgium, Joke Schauble, had to resign altogether. She called the protesting schoolchildren and students “truants” and stated (referring to data from state security agencies) that climate demonstrations are more than spontaneous actions of solidarity. A scandal erupted, the Belgian secret services announced that they had not reported anything like this, after which Shovigle, literally sobbing, announced her resignation.


Not everyone at the age of 16 (Greta was already 16 at that time) enters into a public debate with the Chancellor of Germany and receives support from British Prime Minister Theresa May, former US President Barack Obama and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta right now is fighting not only for the environmental issues like global warming and climate change which we are reading in this article but also for the right of children to say what they consider important and to be heard.

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