The 16-year-old girl from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, climate activist has become popular globally for her environmental campaign. Last year in the month of August, Thunberg began a solo climate protest with a placard by striking from school. This September as UNGA has been proceeding in full swing at New York, she has been joined by lacs of school and university students in more than 15 countries. A Greta’s global strike in March 2019 drew more than a million people and now it has surpassed in September 2019 by the biggest global strike ever with at least 4 million from all these countries.
Notably, Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, Jane Austen and in recent times, Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, are some of those ‘children’ who stood up for the betterment of this planet heart and humanity before Greta Thunberg came on to the scenario. Her mission is to challenge all the countries to adopt and apply what has been promised and announced in Paris agreement in 2015. The agreement asks for a deal to save planet Earth. The agreement upholds and requests to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels while pursuing means to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.
Her daredevil looking speech at UNGA “How dare you?” this September to world leaders established Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg’s significant role as her generation’s leading spokeswoman on climate change. Though her strong, imperious and motivational words did not seem to move the leaders’ minds who spoke just after her, her speech(read the complte speech in the next paragraph) which was only four and a half minutes immediately went viral thanks to social media, surfacing lacs of shares and comments on the same.
“My message is that we’ll be watching you.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.
“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
“Fifty percent may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist.
“So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.
“To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.
“How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just ‘business as usual’ and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years.
“There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.
“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.
“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.
Little About Greta
She was born in Stockholm, Sweden in January 2003. Her mother is Malena Ernman, who left her virtuous international career as an opera singer due to the worst effects of the aviation industry on earth’s climate. Her father, Svante Thunberg who is an actor, is proud of her daughter for raising the issue of climate change globally. Greta has Asperger syndrome and her family takes care of her health as the syndrome could affect her mental state. According to 16-year-old Greta, she accepts her condition, not as a disability but as a gift that has helped her in realising the serious issue of the climate crisis.