first intro to Greta:
“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsiblity they should have taken long ago.”
15-year-old activist Greta Thunberg has inspired a global movement demanding action on climate change
“We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules,” says Greta Thunberg, “because the rules have to be changed.”
adding page this day:
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:23 AM – 11 Dec 2018 :
On-air now at https://t.co/Xup8cdtnFB, @GretaThunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, talks about her dedication to climate activism. Every Friday for months, she’s held a #climatestrike outside Sweden’s Parliament, calling for more radical action on climate https://t.co/VvBIcpQTHJ (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1072482073888333824?s=17)
School Strike for Climate: Meet 15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg, Who Inspired a Global Movement
(20 min clip)
greta starts at 19 min
20 min – i had read a lot about it (climate change).. one thing that i found very scary.. that once we reach tipping points then there’s no going back.. we start a chain reaction beyond our control.. so rather that worry.. change what you can
22 min – i started reading about climate crisis when i was 9.. my teachers told me about it and i thought it was very strange that humans.. could be capable of changing the earth’s climate.. because if that was the case and if it was happening.. we wouldn’t be talking about anything else.. that would be our first priority.. but no one ever even mentions it .. t..
so i started reading about it and the more i read about it.. the more i understood it.. and once you fully understand what it means you can never go back
23 min – we have a reputation of being very green.. but sweden is one of top 10 countries in world w highest emissions.. emissions.. we have just moved them overseas.. emission in country reduced.. we let other countries produce the stuff we consume
27 min – father – svante (@Svante_Thunberg): 4 yrs ago got herself in a position where she was learning enough about climate change.. finding out everyone was saying one thing and doing the exact other thing.. and that .. she could not cope with.. so she fell into a depression.. she stopped eating/talking and she fell out of school and stayed at home for almost a year..t
28 min – i fell into a depression.. i didn’t see any point of living because everything was just so wrong.. and .. because i have aspergers syndrome.. so i see things b&w.. so i guess i saw the world from a diff perspective.. so i saw what was wrong with the world.. t
i think that people w autism are born outside the regime of civilization. i think that as a result of all the killings in the world and the selfish planet wrecking .. a deep sense of crisis exists.. autism has somehow arisen out of this.. we are like travelers from the distant past.. and if , by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the earth that would give us a quiet pleasure..
29 min – (what does it mean to have aspergers) my brain works a bit diff and i usually don’t enjoy participating in the social game that the rest of you seem so fond of and i don’t like lying and i see things b&w
amy: and you focus with laser intensity on an issue.. your issue of climate change
svante: (asked what they did to help greta during depression) she made us realize that we were these parents.. standing up for human rights.. refugees.. right & wrong.. and all these things.. we were fighting for that.. and then she said.. whose human rights are you standing up for.. ie: draining the world’s resources by ie: flying.. a functioning atmosphere for instance.. so we basically realized in the end .. after a couple of years.. of her going on about it.. that we have to change.. and that made a big effect.. it made her much more happy.. she changed a lot with that
33 min – (on parents changing) that was good to feel that someone was listening..t
tech as it could be.. listening to every voice.. everyday..
35 min – amy: you are both relatives on svante arrhenius the noble prize winning scientist who first calculate the green house effect (father of climate change science)
svante’s great grandmother’s cousin – named after him but family didn’t know what he’s won the award for
37 min – we’re here at the climate conf.. sponsored by a coal co.. we need to stop burning coal.. as simple as that
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 3:39 AM – 14 Dec 2018 :
”You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children.”
Here’s my full speech in front of the UN plenary at #COP24 .
#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #SchoolStrike4Climate #ClimateJustice https://t.co/aDhqNrlSIp (http://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1073527918616297472?s=17)
4 min video
imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.. but to do that we have to speak clearly.. t
has to be all of us
you only talk about moving forward w the same bad ideas that got us into this mess
you are not mature enough to tell it like it is. even that burden you leave to your children
but i don’t care about being popular
it is the suffering of the many that are paying for the luxury of the few
you say you love your children above all else.. and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes
until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible.. there is no hope
we need to focus on equity..t
equity: everyone getting a go everyday
if solutions w/in the system are so impossible to find.. maybe we should change the system itself..t
15 year old climate activist with Asperger’s
Greta Thunberg (born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish climate activist. She is known for her strike outside the Riksdag in Stockholm, Sweden under the slogan Skolstrejk för klimatet (School Strike for the climate)
Thunberg was born on 3 January 2003 to Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman and actor Svante Thunberg, a descendant of Svante Arrhenius who in 1896 was the first person to calculate the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide. She has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome
On 20 August 2018, while studying ninth grade in a school in Stockholm, Thunberg decided not to go to the school until the Swedish general election which was held on 9 September 2018. She made the decision after her country faced the unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires during the summer. She demanded that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions as stated in the Paris agreement on climate change. She sat outside the Swedish parliament each day during school hours with the slogan school strike for the climate. Following the election she continued to protest every Friday. On Twitter, she uses hashtags #Klimatstrejka, #ClimateStrike and #FridaysforFuture which feature in media around the world. She participated in the Rise for Climate demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels and the Declaration of Rebellion organized by Extinction Rebellion in London. Her Friday strike gained worldwide attention. Similar kinds of protests were organized in other countries, including Holland, Germany, Finland, Denmark and Australia.
In Australia, thousands of school students were inspired by Thunberg to strike on Fridays, ignoring the call of their Prime minister Scott Morrison who said in the parliament that “what we want is more learning in schools and less activism”.
On 4 December 2018, Thunberg addressed the COP24 United Nations climate change summit. She explained the severity of the problem this way:
What I hope we achieve at this conference is that we realise that we are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First we have to realise this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.— Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 5:12 AM on Wed, Dec 26, 2018:
The politics needed to meet the Paris agreement does not exist anywhere today. Not one single political party to my knowledge is even close to approaching the solutions required for the IPCC 1,5.
But that is about to change.
We, the people, have started new movements.
Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) tweeted at 2:45 PM – 24 Jan 2019 :
It takes deep courage to go to Davos and tell the masters-of-the-universe *to their faces* that they knowingly torched the planet in order get filthy rich. @GretaThunberg did that. She’s 15. https://t.co/66koheOsUq (http://twitter.com/NaomiAKlein/status/1088553348691832832?s=17)
World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 25 Jan 2019 :
“Our house is on fire.” 16 year-old @GretaThunberg wants action https://t.co/ncDCXz2GTg #wef19 https://t.co/w3hquvA8KJ(http://twitter.com/wef/status/1088783700874199040?s=17)
nov 2018 tedxstockholm
TED Talks (@TEDTalks) tweeted at 8:35 AM on Wed, Jan 30, 2019:
“Instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come. We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change, and it has to start today.” @GretaThunberg https://t.co/IJjf141x3v
when 8 heard about climate change.. that humans had created it.. i thought it was strange that humans could be capable of changing the climate.. and if it was and if we were.. you wouldn’t be talking about anything else.. but no one every talked about it..
it was too unreal.. when i was 11 i became ill.. stopped talking/eating.. diagnosed w aspergers.. ocd.. selective mutism – only speak when i think it’s necessary.. now is one of those moments
for those of us on the spectrum.. almost everything is b&w.. we aren’t good at lying and we usually don’t enjoy participating in this social game that the rest of you seem so fond of
i think in many ways that we autistic are the normal ones and the rest of the people are pretty strange.. t
higashida autism law..born outside the regime of civilization
esp when it comes to the sustainability crisis.. where everyone keeps saying the climate crisis is an existential threat and the most important issue of all and yet they just carry on like before..
i don’t understand that because if the emissions have to stop then we must stop the emissions.. to me that is b & w.. there are no gray areas when it comes to survival
we have to change.. all we have to do is wake up and change.. t
we’ve had 30 yrs of pep talking and selling popular ideas.. and i’m sorry but it doesn’t work
we do need hope.. of course we do.. but the one thing we need more than hope.. is action.. once we start to act.. hope is everywhere. . so instead of looking for hope.. look for action
we can’t save the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to be changed.. everything needs to change.. and it has to start today
GeorgeMonbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) tweeted at 6:34 AM – 21 Feb 2019 :
More sound sense from the wonderful @GretaThunberg. There’s more reason in this 16-year-old than in the combined weight of the world’s governments.
from 2 min video
saying everything will be all right while doing nothing .. is not very hopeful to us
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 9:38 AM on Sat, Feb 23, 2019:
“If you have a child that is standing in the middle of the road, and cars are coming at full speed, you don’t look away because it is too hard to see, you run out and get that child away from there.”
Long portray in Financial Times by Leslie Hook. https://t.co/qbKEbAUyOw
Roberto Greco (@rogre) tweeted at 2:45 PM on Fri, Mar 01, 2019:
“We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.” —@GretaThunberg https://t.co/yTl5yaOaJU
perhaps if we focus on equity (everyone getting a go everyday)..fossil fuels would stay in the ground
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 11:17 PM – 7 Mar 2019 :
Today is #WomensDay. Today we honour sisterhood.
Nowhere in the world today women and men are equal
The more I read about the climate crisis the more I realise how crucial feminism is.
We can’t live in a sustainable world unless all genders and people are treated equally #8march https://t.co/Dri1kDxzPW (http://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1103902530277322752?s=17)
urgency begs we focus on a problem/desire deep enough that 7b people resonate with.. today
maté basic needs: we basically all have the same needs – a&a
eisenstein cause law et al
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 3:16 AM on Sat, Mar 23, 2019:
”A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.”
Wow. That’s almost as bad as missing a few lessons on #schoolstrike4climate
8 min doc
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 1:52 AM – 1 May 2019 :
A short documentary on Great Big Story. https://t.co/6qo9f1wrdn (http://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1123495293880868864?s=17)
TIME (@TIME) tweeted at 5:00 AM – 16 May 2019 :
TIME’s new cover: ‘Now I am speaking to the whole world.’ How teen climate activist Greta Thunberg got everyone to listen https://t.co/cnQsN5gElWhttps://t.co/0eeDfhjMG2 (http://twitter.com/TIME/status/1128978472620240896?s=17)
“Can you hear me?” Greta Thunberg asks the 150 members and advisers in the U.K. Houses of Parliament.
Anna Taylor, at the London leg of the global school strike on March 15. “Striking is the only way to make our voices heard.”
same link as above.. diff quote
TIME (@TIME) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 20 May 2019 :
“When I grow up, I want to be able to look back and say that I did everything I could,” said @GretaThunberg https://t.co/sAFOoSZvQg (http://twitter.com/TIME/status/1130443089326350338?s=17)
The track will feature as the opening song on The 1975’s album “Notes on a Conditional Form.”
we need a system change rather than an individual change.. but we can’t have one w/o the other.. please wake up.. t
we must all do the seemingly impossible.. the rules have to change.. everything needs to change.. t
Livestream of @GretaThunberg arriving in NYC. What an exciting moment, and what an incredible young woman. Speaking truth to power. An example to us all. https://t.co/J3MaBdLwjJ
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rcbregman/status/1166799482127900673
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 3:24 PM on Tue, Sep 17, 2019:
“Please save your praise, we don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it. It doesn’t lead to anything.”
Today I and other young activists visited US Congress… Tomorrow we return to give speeches.
via fb share:
“I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don’t want you to listen to me,” Greta Thunberg told members of Congress. “I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action.” – via CommonDreams
hannah epperson (@hannah_epperson) tweeted at 6:35 AM on Fri, Sep 20, 2019:
crying appreciation tears into my oatmeal — see y’all in foley square this afternoon, new york comrades! #strikeforclimatechange https://t.co/MH6m02V92b
Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) tweeted at 3:17 PM on Thu, Sep 19, 2019:
What a beautiful, generous, fiercely internationalist movement these young people have woven.
It’s the mirror opposite of the hateful isolationism, chauvinism and supremacist forces roiling and overheating our world
hannah epperson (@hannah_epperson) tweeted at 8:57 AM on Fri, Sep 20, 2019:
heading into the city heavily armed with and for the things that give me a pulse #StrikeWithUs #ClimateJustice #ClimateStrike #ClimateCrisis #GreenNewDeal #Strike4Climate https://t.co/yHLGDuFnZx
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) tweeted at 6:02 PM on Fri, Sep 20, 2019:
Over 4 million on #ClimateStrike today. In 163 countries. And counting…
If you belong to the small number of people who feel threatened by us, then we we have some very bad news for you:
This is just the beginning. Change is coming – like it or not. #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/MHGRNx1tnH
It’s also unfair to these young leaders—it would be hard for any single person, even an experienced adult, to try to manage so much media attention and focus. She is rightfully admired, but being thrust into the role of a spokesperson for a very large movement is very difficult.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/1175386762304196608
Teenage climate activist @GretaThunberg addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, fighting back tears. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” she said. “How dare you!” https://t.co/I9Z1nkvPwV
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1176477011566575617
spot on.. but that why this begs a money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence.. ie: ubi as temp placebo.. even the climate proposals/ambitions are part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake.. there’s a nother way
and we can’t be talking – never forgive you.. has to be all of us.. thurman interconnectedness law: when you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman (@BobThurman)
Greta Thunberg weaponized shame in an era of shamelessness
yeah.. i don’t know.. going on shame.. like the not forgiving above.. to me.. that’s not going to cut it.. we can do better.. today we have the means to do better
Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens) tweeted at 1:04 AM on Wed, Oct 09, 2019:
Greta, bombe cognitive ? – Olivier Auber – Medium https://t.co/vRGv4jUBCo
(a theory of why Greta is so popular, having reached Zuckerberg’s level ten times faster; and also unpopular in some other circles; in french; from the author of the groundbreaking Anoptikon book)
Besides the apparent unity of the processions for the climate, Greta Thunberg is the subject of very violent disputes in all layers of society.One may wonder whether this general discord does not augur a global warming more dangerous than climate. I am looking for a cold explanation of this phenomenon and a way to defuse it. ..t
perhaps if we go to a deeper problem.. so that those who would ie: violently dispute.. (c2) no longer have a reason for disputing.. because the deeper problem resonates with them as well..
that’s our biggest issue.. we keep not going deep enough to something that already resonates with every single person
It only took Mark ten years. Only a year for Greta.
this is a sign that more people are awake and looking.. and that we have tech to spread the word faster.. and it’s also showing us that the entire globe could leap to a nother way to live in a very short time.. less than a year
Individuals C1 emit little and benefit only from a limited social network. ..C3s can express themselves to a large audience ..in the middle C2 is a “competitive” group: C2 individuals compete for signals to increase their “quality” and the size of their audience.
The violence of the reaction can be explained by considering that Greta constitutes a kind of short circuit between C1 and C3. ..The downgrading of the C2 is probably all the more unbearable as they were in a high position.
The second point of Greta’s message suggests that she is not far from realizing that her greatest enemy lies in the mechanism that has procured her fame and the prestige that we still want to affix her (the Nobel Prize for Peace). ..
To face all the challenges, environmental and others, we must invent new ways of doing society. For this, we must realize that our world is woven with invisible perspectives (anoptics) on which we can act..
ie: a nother way
HuffPost Green (@HuffPostGreen) tweeted at 4:30 AM – 30 Oct 2019 :
Greta Thunberg declined a major climate prize this month. She said Tuesday the planet doesn’t “need more awards.” https://t.co/QRFxiYVjTU (http://twitter.com/HuffPostGreen/status/1189489725205295105?s=17)
Owen REGISTER TO VOTE Jones (@OwenJones84) tweeted at 5:49 AM – 24 Oct 2019 :
“We’ve run out of time for mistakes. Don’t fuck it up.” My interview with the wonderful and inspiring @NaomiAKlein https://t.co/A3a0LMimsx (http://twitter.com/OwenJones84/status/1187335231721877504?s=17)
5 min – the power of greta is her extraordinary moral clarity.. she trusted her first instinct.. t
a lot of the young people i meet.. do not want to be doing this
7 min – there’s no reason to respect institutional authority when people like that are in power
10 min – we have to turn everything around in a handful of years.. t
greta: school strikes have achieved nothing (referring to govt change)
no one is too small (collection of talks)
Peter Joseph (@ZeitgeistFilm) tweeted at 8:11 AM on Tue, Jan 21, 2020:
I have already grown bored with Greta. She needs an economic education to see what must be addressed in technical terms. Age is no excuse. She needs to repeat the following phrase before she becomes fully corrupted by fame:
“The economic system is the problem. We must change it.” https://t.co/qyP9WLaNoY
World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 5:00 AM – 9 Feb 2020 :
Sweden is a top performer on well-being. Here’s why https://t.co/MW1pE6Sm0l#wellbeing #Sweden https://t.co/914Dx0BqE4(http://twitter.com/wef/status/1226475877929754626?s=17)
extract (written by malena her mom) from our house is on fire – scenes – (on hold) [https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/great-thunberg-malena-ernman-our-house-is-on-fire-memoir-extract]
She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness and little by little, bit by bit, she seemed to stop functioning. She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating.