Greta Speaks at UN

Greta Thunberg is a sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist who has garnered international attention for her passionate speeches about climate change. Her protests encourage young people to protest and fight against climate change. She believes young people should come together to strike and not back down from others in order to enact change.

Greta has traveled to numerous countries to deliver speeches. Recently she delivered a speech at a UN Summit, where she condemned world leaders for failing the next generation by not acting enough against climate change. Greta believes we must collectively triple our commitments to cut carbon emissions, in accordance with the goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement.

On one hand, some world leaders believe her protests have gotten out of hand. For example, President of France Emmanuel Macron said, “We cannot allow our youth to strike every Friday without action,” referencing Greta’s “Friday’s for Future” movement that encourages students to skip class once a week to protest for change from world leaders.

Other world leaders have addressed climate change. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, set out to end coal mining in Germany by 2038. Some environmentalists were disappointed with this lengthy time frame. Unlike Germany, other nations such as China declined to put up any new measures to tackle the climate crisis.

Altogether, Greta has brought her ideas to the world stage with her promotion of climate change awareness. She was one of the most popular candidates to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but although she didn’t receive the prize, she was greatly honored as a candidate for it.

-Ben Sindell ’22

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