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Gretta, your first climate strike

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was a lonely event a little over a year ago.

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And in the intervening time, you have sparked the interest

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of millions literally of children around the globe

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demanding action for climate change.

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What's your message to world leaders today?

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My message is that we'll be watching you.

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This is all wrong.

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I shouldn't be up here.

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I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

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Yet you all come to us, young people, for hope.

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How dare you?

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You have stolen my dreams and my childhood

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with your empty words, and yet

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I'm one of the lucky ones.

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People are suffering.

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People are dying.

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Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

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We are in the beginning of a mass extinction.

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And all you can talk about is the money

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in fairy tales of eternal economic growth.

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How dare you?

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For more than 30 years, the science

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has been crystal clear.

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How dare you continue to look away

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and come here saying that you're doing enough

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when the politics and solutions needed

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are still nowhere in sights.

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You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency.

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But no matter how sad and angryI am, I do not want to believe that

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because if you really understood the situation

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and still kept on failing to act,

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then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe it.

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The popular idea of cutting our emissions

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in half in 10 years only gives

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us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5

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degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible

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chain reactions beyond human control.

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50 percent may be acceptable to you.

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But those numbers do not include tipping points.

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Most feedback loops, additional warming

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hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of

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equity and climate justice.

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They also rely on my generation

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sucking hundreds of billions of tons

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of your CO2 out of the air

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with technologies that barely exist.

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So a 50 percent risk is simply

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not acceptable to us.

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We who have to live with the consequences.

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To have a 67 percent chance

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of saying below a 1.5

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degrees global temperature rise, the best

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odds given by the IPCC, the world

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had 420 gigatons

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of CO2 left to emit back on January

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1st, 2018.

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Today, that figure is already down to less than

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350 gigatons.

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How dare you pretend that this can be sold

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with just business as usual and some technical

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solutions? With today's

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emissions levels, that remaining

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CO2 budgets will be entirely gone

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within less than eight and a half years.

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There will not be any solutions or plans

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presented in line with these figures here today

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because these numbers are too uncomfortable.

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You are still not mature enough to

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tell it like it is.

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You are failing us, but

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the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.

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The eyes of all future generations are upon you.

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And if you choose to fail us, I say

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we will never forgive you.

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We will not let you get away with this

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right here, right now is where we draw the line.

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The world is waking up

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and change is coming, whether you like it or not.

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Thank you.