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“Ecosystems Are Collapsing,” Warns Greta Thunberg In Tearful Speech To UN

by | September 23, 2019

In a powerful address at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York today, Greta Thunberg broke down in tears during fierce criticism of the gathered UN General Assembly. 

“This is all wrong. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” she said through tears.

“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. Yet I am one of the lucky ones. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.”

Many parts of Thunberg’s speech were met with hearty applause. 

“No matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that [you understood the gravity of the situation], because if you really understood the situation and kept on failing to act, then you would be evil.” 

After discussing the science briefly, Thunberg told the audience that nothing the UN General Assembly proposed today would be acceptable. 

She concluded her speech with a powerful promise.

“The world is waking up. Change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

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Thunberg’s Move After The UN Address

Following her address, Thunberg and 15 other young people have filed an official complaint with the UN against Germany, Brazil, France, Argentina, and Turkey for violating their obligations under the Rights of The Child Act. Only these countries have been singled out as they have agreed in the past to hear complaints filed against them.

By not taking proper steps to stop climate change, these nations have violated the human rights of future generations, the complaint alleges. 

Thunberg and the other 15 children have not asked for monetary compensation, but rather that countries who will hear their concerns to change their climate change plans and work with other nations to create an adequate plan. 

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