Greta Lets World Leaders Have It Over Climate Crisis

“You come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words…. 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 it money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you?”                                                                                  – 16-year-old, Swedish  climate activist Greta Thunberg, speaking to world leaders this September 23rd,  at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York

Climate activist Greta Thunberg delivering a sizzling message to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit this September 23rd

A Brief Comment by Doug Draper, followed by Greta Thunberg’s message to world leaders at this September’s UN Climate Action Summit

Posted September 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted near the start of the first-ever Climate Action Summit the UN has hosted for young people around the world that world leaders with only “beautiful speeches” to offer, need not come to this summit with little or nothing but beautiful speeches.

Come to the summit instead, said the UN chief, with “concrete plans for cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050.”

One wonders how many world leaders that leaves out? Probably quite a few.

UN Secretary-General Antonia Guterres and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shake hands during Climate Action Summit

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, did not show up, reportedly due to the federal election. And U.S. President Donald Trump, who has even gone so far as to recently assault efforts to shift to energy-efficient light bulbs, made a token 10-to-15 minute appearance.

Trump left beforebefore 16-year-old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has ignited a youth movement for the planet around the world, delivered a message at the summit that leaders like Trump and that Trudeau who, for his part, purchased (without any open consultation with Canadians)  a controversial pipeline for the tar sands with billions  of  taxdollars for that matter, need to hear.

It was quite a shot at those leaders who are not taking sufficient action to address what is a full-blown climate emergency, and it speaks for itself.

Here is the entire message for you to watch by clicking on the screen below –

Hours after Greta Thunberg delivered her message to world leaders, Trump fired out the following tweet about her – “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

A bright and wonderful future? Not the way he is going about gutting every environmental protection safeguard going back five decades ago, to the very first Earth Day.

The man is more dangerous to future life on this planet than Agent Orange and nuclear fall-out combined.

For an audio version of Greta Thunberg’s message, click on –

For a recent story in Maclean’s magazine on Canada’s efforts to address the climate emergency, click on –

To visit Climate Action Tracker’s website for a rating of countries’ performance around addressing the climate crisis, click on –

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2 responses to “Greta Lets World Leaders Have It Over Climate Crisis

  1. Hi Doug: Regarding comments that “Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, did not show up, reportedly due to the federal election.” I would just note Canada does not currently have a Prime Minister as the government was dissolved for the election. Trudeau could have shown up as a private citizen, as any of the persons currently running could have, but none would be able to attend as a representative of Canada.

    A response from Doug Draper – My old friend and newspaper colleague Doug Youmans is absolutely right when he says that Trudeau is not technically Canada’s prime minister during this federal election period. With Trudeau so often claiming how much he is concerned about climate change, however, I thought he might still want to show up as leader of the majority federal Liberal Party ….. Who knows, an appearance by him at this global climate summit for young people might even win him a little more support from young voters.


  2. Gary Screaton Page

    Even having taught for more than 43 years, I never cease to be amazed by what young people can accomplish!
    Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai are just two examples. Another teen, now a famous adult, was Paul Anka.
    Such young people are surely the reason for the well-known quote, “and a child shall lead them.”
    If only adults were more committed to making a better world!
    Well done, Greta, keep showing how a single voice can make a difference.


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