Why we Need to Hear Greta Thunberg’s Message.

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Greta Thunberg has a message for all of us on climate change.

It is being broadcast across the world.

Are we listening?

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student and climate activist, gave this speech at Davos calling out global leaders to take responsibility and action on climate change.

Hearing Greta’s message makes me feel like the lights have been switched on in a very dark room. Her voice is the only voice that could capture the attention, minds and hearts of those whose denial has resonated across the globe. I hope we can all be as brave as Greta and listen to her message.

“I often hear adults say: ‘We need to give the next generation hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do. Every day. And I want you to act. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.” ~ Greta Thunberg

According to the World Economic Forum, our time to act on climate change is running out:

“The past four years have been the hottest on record. Global CO2 emissions hit an all-time high last year in 2018.”

“A fivefold increase in climate action is now needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).”

At the Global Conference Davos 2019—on a panel including Bono, Christiana Figueres, Jane Goodall, Will.i.am, and Kengo Sakurada—Greta Thunberg spoke her truth:

“Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we will have created, but that is not true, because if everyone is guilty then no one is to blame. And someone is to blame.”

“Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. And I think many of you here today belong to that group of people.”

I highly recommend watching Greta Thunberg’s Special Address to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2019, recorded here:

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Greta’s message for the imperative to take action is clear:

 

She calls for a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent.

“At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories, but their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag, and on climate change we have to acknowledge that we have failed. All political movements in their present form have done so, and the media has failed to create broad public awareness.”

While her words are strong, they are also hopeful, “there is still time to turn everything around and still time to fix this,” she says.

“Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. And either we do that or we don’t.”

Here are some reactions to Greta’s impromptu speech:

author: Roslyn Walker

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Roslyn Walker is an explorer of words and images, the connections between them and the experiences of the people who use them in pursuit of a mindful life. Roslyn is a freelance writer and editor who was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She is a lover of yoga, long walks in nature, swimming in the ocean and dancing her heart out.

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Jenni Lynne Jan 29, 2019 10:44am

Thank you for writing this– the fear is real among the young, my daughter has horrible anxiety, as do most of her friends. It’s remarkable to me how cognitive dissonance has everyone by the balls– its hard to look at, but imperative we do so. We need more articles like this. Thank you for your mindful and kind approach. We have to change– whether we like it or not.

Scott David Jan 29, 2019 8:02am

Change is coming

melissaholt36 Jan 29, 2019 6:19am

Amazing young lady…absolutely incredible work and direct clear cut facts on how bad a shape things with climate really are and who’s responsible…and an eye opener for so many who are set on denial or ignorance. I am thankful you were there and had the gift to awaken so many! Thank you for being you. Thank you for your beautiful heart and the love you have and show to our mother earth. I am greatful for you!