This is a selection of Greta Thunberg’s speeches. I’m not sure I’d recommend you read them, to be honest, despite thinking they’re incredibly important.
My reason being I think they are far more powerful as speeches. Part of what makes Greta such an incredible public figure is her age, which is inescapable when watching or listening to her speak, but lost somewhat in the reading. I only listened to her speeches after reading them, and think I probably wouldn’t have read the book if I’d done it the other way around. They’re transcriptions.
That said, it‘s a tiny read and the message is bloody vital, so however you consume Greta’s words is fine with me. There’s also something quite special about seeing the poignant words laid out so simply.
For anyone who has been living under a rock: Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who, after having gone on strike from school last year to protest government’s inadequate approach to the climate crisis, inspired millions of schoolchildren worldwide to do the same and speaks to politicians globally.
She has Aspergers, and in part she attributes her ability to “see things in black and white” to the syndrome. She thinks people spend a lot of time trying to navigate a “grey area” that doesn’t exist: we either start making decisions that decrease our CO2 emissions, or we set off a chain reaction beyond human control by the year 2030. It’s that simple.
The UK are in full swing of the Extinction Rebellion protests at the moment, and this is the time (though it should’ve started much earlier) to educate ourselves and start putting pressure on those who can actually make a difference.
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