Greta Thunberg interview by CNN in Dec 2018

Greta Thunberg interview by CNN in Dec 2018


(Music) You are never too small to make a difference. That is what a brave and powerful fifteen-year-old said to the assembled world leaders, other dignitaries and NGOs at the COP 24 climate conference in Poland. Greta Thunburg is a young woman from Sweden who has decided to make it her life’s mission to save the world from climate change. Listen to her speak truth to power as she looks to the future. “The year 2000 and 78 I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children, maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act. You say you love your children above all else and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” Greta went on to tell the grown-ups, “You are not mature enough to tell it like it is.” Well, she certainly is mature enough to do so and she joins me now from Stockholm, Sweden. Thanks for joining us, Greta. Thank you. You first came to our attention at least when you began to skip many, many days of school. I think it was three weeks in all and you went and protested outside of Sweden’s Parliament. What made you think of doing that? I got the idea from… there were a few youths in the USA that refused to go to school because of the school shootings and then someone I knew said, “What if children did that but for the climate?”, and then I thought there was a very good idea and then I decided I was going to do that because no one is doing anything and nothing is happening so, then I guess I have to do something. So, it was the the Portland shooting in Florida and those children who decided to protest in that way that in a sense inspired you and when you’ve decided you wanted to do something like this, did you… you talked to your parents. Did they agree? How did you.. how did you proceed? I …I told them and they said, “Are you sure that’s a good idea? Isn’t there anything else you can do to make your voice heard?”, and I said, “No, this is what I’m going to do.” And they said that we are not going to support you with this. You are going to have to do this alone if you are going to do this, because they’re are parents and they can’t support this. Why could they not support it? And what do they mean not support it? They couldn’t support your taking taking time off from school? They felt that that was inappropriate? Yes, I mean, a parent’s duty is to make sure that their child go to school and so, of course, they can’t support that I am skipping class like this. What made you decide that this was going to be the thing that you wanted to do? Have you always been looking for some cause… for a cause? Have you always felt like you wanted to make a difference in the world or is It that climate change just strikes you as so big that you feel you felt moved by that? Yes, I mean, the climate crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced and if we don’t do anything right now we…we’re screwed and then I thought that I want to be able to when I grow up to look back and say I did what I could back then and it is my moral duty to do what I can … anything… and then I just decided to do it because there’s nothing I have to lose. And you’re not just talking about it. But as we say in the United States, you’re also walking the walk. You.. you have changed your life … your lifestyle to try to have as.. as low an impact as you can both in terms of climate and sustainability. Outline some of those measures. I have a stopped flying. I have stopped eating meat and dairy and I have stopped consuming new things and buying new things. So we’re coming up on Christmas and New Year. You’re not gonna get any any new… any new things as gifts? No, not me — my parents. They don’t get me many presents because I don’t want any presents. Greta, what what would you say to people particularly in places like the United States. What.. what’s your message to, you know, to the adults in the room, as it were? My message to the people in general is that we have to understand the emergency of this situation and we need to realize that our political leaders have failed us and then we must make our voices heard and to say… to put pressure on the people in power and say to them that we we’re not going to allow all this to continue anymore and we young people need to say that we are… we must hold the older generations accountable for the mess they have created and expects us to live with and say to them that we… you cannot continue risking our future like this, and so we need to get angry and then we need to transform that anger into action. Well, I admire your conviction and your courage. Greta, pleasure to have you on. Thank you. It was a pleasure to be on. (Music)

17 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg interview by CNN in Dec 2018

  1. Hope she will get more news attention,
    she is a better speaker because of the simple truth she speaks which makes rich and powerful at these gatherings pay more attention rather than an agenda oriented adult messenger who will be more easily discredit and is more likely to be attacked by people who appose the climate emergency message.
    When a young person delivers an uncomplicated message with such force people pay closer attention.

  2. It is time that there is a unity of Gilets Jaunes, Students for Climate, all of these groups since Davos is not listening. With all the civil unrest in Europe, especially France, we want to invade another country for Oil? War is an attack on the Climate. It is time to be Anti-War for the Climate.
    Great video.

  3. Please consider Steve Keen when considering changes to how economics should work. He's really good at calling out bullshit in economics. Just one idea i got recently from an interview, look up Wörgl experiment. I don't understand it that well. It has something to do with changing the way money works so that it depreciates in value. It was based on some economist named Silvio Gesell. The system was done in a way that it's impossible to hoard money; it has to circulate. I don't understand it well at all. It was a comment Steve made in passing while being interviewed. The interview is on a channel called 'what bitcoin did'. He talks about it here at 58.31 https://youtu.be/b0VtAuD0Dvs?t=3511.

  4. Zakaria goes to extremes to appear moderate and pragmatic, moderate and pragmatic to a fault. He has Greta on because he's obliged to and that's fine, even if it is cynical af.. But next week, or next month he'll have a professional charlatan and fossil fuel industry-funded demialist opposite a legitimate climate scientist, and treat them like they have equal merit. Zakaria is the epitome of "both sides" false equivalency that the media is so famous, rather I should say infamous, for. "This week we have an oceanographer who wants to warn the world of dangerous ocean acidification that is already killing keystone species, and on the other side a Trumpanzee who believes the world is flat and the moon is made of cheese…. We'll hear from both…" Yeah, he's made my shit list. He'll need to do a hell of a lot more than one interview to earn back any trust or respect from me. Greta has my respect 100%.

  5. I watch very little MSM, they tend to ignore the major issues of our time and promote the head in the sand attitude. I thought Fareed did a very good job, with empathy and intelligent questions, he treated Greta with the dignity she deserves. She's quite amazing and really speaks truth to power. She's quite right about political leaders failing us, though they're not really elected to serve the interests of the common people.
    A young girl like her should not have to shoulder such a burden, I only hope it isn't affecting her psyche too much. Children should lead playful, carefree lives, what an indictment of our society.

  6. Greta..I love the person you are and I greatly admire your positivity, courage and determination. You will succeed because you are right and you have many people behind you. Never give up and others will follow you. The universe loves courage and warm hearts of which you have in abundance:)

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