Twitter Has a Lot to Say About Greta Thunberg’s Powerful U.N. Climate Speech

published Sep 30, 2019
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On Sept. 23, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg shared a powerful message about climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. “We’ll be watching you,” the 16-year-old said to world leaders from the panel in New York. “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 money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

After citing sobering statistics about how our rate of carbon emission will affect global warming, Thunberg closed her speech by calling out leaders for failing to do the work needed to keep the environment habitable for younger generations—that in failing to take care of Earth, our home, they’ve left a mess for everyone else to clean up:

“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.”

In the days after Thunberg’s speech, people have reacted passionately on Twitter, amazed that a teenager has been able to powerfully convey how frustrating it feels to see your home planet in a state of disarray.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren also shared her support.

Others have warned that to call Thunberg a hero without really paying attention to her anger is to ignore her message.

Many people on Twitter have also pointed out that there are many other young climate activists, particularly activists of color, who have not received the level of attention Thunberg has.