Yes, children are the future, but Swedish 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg is sick of shouldering the burden for the over-18 set.
During the UN’s Climate Action summit in N.Y.C. on Monday, Thunberg delivered an emotional speech chastising older generations for ignoring the climate crisis.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” Thunberg began. “I should be in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you 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 fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
Greta Thunberg at #UNGA: "This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 23, 2019
Via ABC pic.twitter.com/NudonxKNss
Twitter was here for the teen activist’s words (and, uh, expressions).
We are all Greta Thunberg.— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) September 23, 2019
"If you choose to fail us, we will never forgive you.” @GretaThunberg’s words should be forever etched in the minds of world leaders.— Kumi Naidoo (@kuminaidoo) September 23, 2019
They have a choice to make: to save us from climate change, or not.
One of these choices is utterly unforgivable.
Greta "drag them sis" Thunberg https://t.co/0jZHQ9DN1l— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) September 23, 2019
In Greta we trust.
Adding to the gravity of her impassioned speech, it was recently announced that Thunberg and 15 other young people had filed a lawsuit against five of the world's biggest carbon polluters (in Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey, respectively), maintaining that the countries in question are violating children's rights.