Greta Thunberg says world leaders must act now

Addressing a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum, a gathering usually held in the Swiss ski resort Davos, Thunberg said leaders had so far only “set up vague, hypothetical, distant targets.”

The Swedish 18-year-old ended her message warning that “your children and grandchildren will hold you accountable for the choices that you make.”

Thunberg, who sparked a global climate protest movement after striking outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2019.

In 2020, Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and awarded The United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Video Transcript

GRETA THUNBERG: Today, we hear nations and leaders all over the world speak of an existential climate emergency. And yet, instead of taking the immediate action you would in any emergency, they set up vague, hypothetical, distant targets way into the future. Targets based on loopholes and incomplete numbers. Targets like net zero emissions 2050. Targets that equals surrender. It's like waking up in the middle of the night seeing your house on fire, and then deciding to wait 10, 20, or 30 years before you call the fire department, while labeling those trying to wake people up alarmists.

We understand that the world is complex and that change doesn't happen overnight. But you've now had more than three decades of blah, blah, blah. How many more do you need? You cannot negotiate with physics. And your children and grandchildren will hold you accountable for the choices that you make. How's that for a deal?