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Gretta, your first climate strike


was a lonely event a little over a year ago.


And in the intervening time, you have sparked the interest


of millions literally of children around the globe


demanding action for climate change.


What's your message to world leaders today?


My message is that we'll be watching you.


This is all wrong.


I shouldn't be up here.


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


Yet you all 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 the money


in fairy tales of eternal economic growth.


How dare you?


For more than 30 years, the science


has been crystal clear.


How dare you continue to look away


and come here saying that you're doing enough


when the politics and solutions needed


are still nowhere in sights.


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


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


because if you really understood the situation


and still kept on failing to act,


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


The popular idea of cutting our emissions


in half in 10 years only gives


us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5


degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible


chain reactions beyond human control.


50 percent may be acceptable to you.


But those numbers do not include tipping points.


Most feedback loops, additional warming


hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of


equity and climate justice.


They also rely on my generation


sucking hundreds of billions of tons


of your CO2 out of the air


with technologies that barely exist.


So a 50 percent risk is simply


not acceptable to us.


We who have to live with the consequences.


To have a 67 percent chance


of saying below a 1.5


degrees global temperature rise, the best


odds given by the IPCC, the world


had 420 gigatons


of CO2 left to emit back on January


1st, 2018.


Today, that figure is already down to less than


350 gigatons.


How dare you pretend that this can be sold


with just business as usual and some technical


solutions? With today's


emissions levels, that remaining


CO2 budgets will be entirely gone


within less than eight and a half years.


There will not be any solutions or plans


presented in line with these figures here today


because these numbers are too uncomfortable.


You are still not mature enough to


tell it like it is.


You are failing us, but


the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.


The eyes of all future generations are upon you.


And if you choose to fail us, I say


we will never forgive you.


We will not let you get away with this


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


The world is waking up


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


Thank you.