In just one year, Greta Thunberg has created a daunting insight that we must all now take the threat of the earth's climate seriously and at the same time mobilize an entire world with millions of young people around different countries.
Today, she speaks at the UN's New York climate summit initiated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, hoping for positive talks and concrete actions. Greta Thunberg should really be honored for her commitment which definitely makes a difference. Her message is simple. We simply have to listen to and accept the science that man's impact on the climate risks humanity's future survival here on earth. A dramatic message but at the same time hopeful, because we can act now and thus prevent a future climate collapse, but this requires, among other things, political leadership and courage. On Friday, Greta Thunberg spoke in Battery Park in central New York in front of 250,000 people who went there to join the Swedish climate activist's school strike.
Greta Thunberg's school strike has already reached all the continents of the earth and is now conducted in several different languages. She is one of today's most important climate fighters of our time and a source of inspiration for millions of young people and adults around the world. After sitting alone outside the parliament a year ago she has, among other things, spoken to top politicians in the Italian Senate, the British lower house, the French National Assembly and the European Parliament, she criticized business leaders in Davos, met Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pope Francis, she participated in civil disobedience campaigns with the Extinction Rebellion and numerous other marches, protests and demonstrations and was a guest at Skavlan and in The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has been named one of the world's 25 most influential teenagers by Time Magazine and "Game Changer of the Year" by GQ Magazine.
Greta Thunberg has been honored by Amnesty and her honorary doctorate and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. An amazing track record and today she speaks in the UN together with Secretary-General António Guterres. In a short time, Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of young people and set the climate on the agenda in a way no one else has ever succeeded. She acts and makes a difference. Exactly how she has affected politics is of course difficult to determine, but let's illustrate an example from our neighboring Denmark where she spoke to tens of thousands of people at Christiansborg in central Copenhagen, the same day as the European Parliament election. As many as 60 per cent of Danes considered that the climate should be given priority over everything else, a figure previously estimated in January at just over 20 per cent.
Greta Thunberg's most important message is that we should listen to the researchers.
In addition to all human suffering in connection with the number of growing natural disasters around the world, these also affect the global economy. Natural disasters cost 5 to 6 times more in the first ten years of this century than in the 1970s, according to WMO's report, Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from weather, climate and water extremes (1970-2012). The main reason is the increased cost of flooding, which amounted to SEK 7,450 billion ($ 864 billion) during the last decade, which corresponds to almost twice Sweden's annual GDP. Based on this fact, there should be both social and economic sustainability arguments to really listen to the researchers. Today when it is autumn day equaling, the world's leading politicians in the UN can show both courage and leadership.
Let's hope that happens too, but in any case, this is just the beginning of a worldwide process to save the future climate of the earth for generations to come. A process started and inspired by a single young person who wants to make a difference - so let's all join in today and make a difference, day by day. Because even though it gets darker before the light comes back on, we can all, each of us, contribute to a better climate and together show both courage and the ability to act in Greta Thunberg's footsteps towards a worldwide climate change.
SOURCE: Sprinkle Daily/WWF