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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 03:56 PM

" We live in a strange world..."

Found on FB~

Greta Ernman Thunberg (Swedish pronunciation: [≤ɡreːta ≤tʉːnbśrj]; born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change.
20 hrs ∑

My speech tonight at Goldene Kamera in Berlin. There is no recording available without me dubbed into German yet...so here it is:
I dedicate this award to the people fighting to protect the Hambach Forest. And to activists everywhere who are fighting to keep the fossil fuels in the ground.


We live in a strange world. Where all the united science tells us that we are about 11 years away from setting off an irreversible chain reaction way beyond human control that will probably be the end of our civilization as we know it.

We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future.

Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.

Where politicians say itís too expensive to save the world, while spending trillions of euros subsidizing fossil fuels.

We live in a strange world where no one dares to look beyond our current political systems even though its clear that the answers we seek will not be found within the politics of today.

Where some people seem to be more concerned about the presence in school of some children than the future of humankind.

Where everyone can choose their own reality and buy their own truth.

Where our survival is depending on a small, rapidly disappearing carbon budget. And hardly anyone even knows it exists.

We live in a strange world. Where we think we can buy or build our way out of a crisis that has been created by buying and building things.

Where a football game or a film gala gets more media attention than the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.

Where celebrities, film and pop-stars who have stood up against all injustices will not stand up for our environment and for climate justice because that would inflict on their right to fly around the world visiting their favorite restaurants, beaches and yoga retreats.

Avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown is to do the seemingly impossible. And that is what we have to do.
But here is the truth: we canít do it without you in the audience here tonight.

People see you celebrities as Gods. You influence billions of people. We need you.

You can use your voice to raise awareness about this global crisis. You can help turn individuals into movements. You can help us wake up our leaders - and let them know that our house is on fire.
We live in a strange world.

But itís the world that my generation has been handed. Itís the only world weíve got.

We are now standing at a crossroads in history.

We are failing but we have not yet failed.

We can still fix this.

It's up to us.



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babylonsister Mar 2019 OP
dameatball Mar 2019 #1
babylonsister Mar 2019 #6
dameatball Mar 2019 #12
tblue37 Mar 2019 #2
GemDigger Mar 2019 #3
Kurt V. Mar 2019 #4
livetohike Mar 2019 #5
calimary Mar 2019 #7
Evolve Dammit Mar 2019 #9
Nitram Mar 2019 #8
defacto7 Mar 2019 #10
appalachiablue Mar 2019 #11
BigmanPigman Mar 2019 #13
babylonsister Mar 2019 #14
progressoid Apr 2019 #15
Andy823 Apr 2019 #16

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:10 PM

1. Thank you for posting that. I had not been aware of her or this event.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:53 PM

6. She's been a force in Europe! nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 06:20 PM

12. I have sent this on to several people.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:13 PM

2. K&R and thanks. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:14 PM

3. Kick

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:19 PM

4. a 16 yo has to say this. 16. It's heart breaking

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:28 PM

5. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:55 PM

7. And the children shall lead.

SOMEBODY has to. We grownups havenít done that great a job.

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:38 PM

9. Millions of us have tried for decades. The corporate noise machine rules the air waves.

even NPR has been co-opted. There are very few progressive outlets in the U.S.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:36 PM

8. The world we were living in when I was in elementary school was equally weird. The U.S. and the

U.S.S.R were competing to assemble the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons. They were testing them in the atmosphere, spreading radiation over the whole Earth. We came close to total annihilation more than once. The nuclear winter that would have resulted would have killed a large percentage of life on Earth. We did pull back from the brink with that one. I hope we manage to do it this time too.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:42 PM

10. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:44 PM

11. K & R. Greta Thunberg is a giant inspiration.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 06:27 PM

13. Isn't she the young activist who helped inspire the giant protests

all over the world a couple weeks ago? Tons of schools walked out of class to protest all over the planet.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 06:30 PM

14. Yes, she is. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 12:15 AM

15. Wow.

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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 08:59 AM

16. Kick. nt

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