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Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg made international headlines when at age 15 she skipped school to protest against global warming outside the Swedish parliament. In this impassioned speech, she shares her disillusionment with climate apathy and offers a timely reminder of what is at stake. Thunberg’s thesis isn’t innovative, but her stark black-and-white worldview shines a startlingly bright spotlight on the climate crisis and prompts widespread action.

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Greta Thunberg learned the basic facts about climate change when she was just eight years old. She couldn’t understand why humans, who depend on the health of the planet for their survival, were seemingly ignoring the problem. Why weren’t the media treating it like a crisis? Why weren’t people trying to change their behavior? Why weren’t governments passing laws to place restrictions on burning fossil fuels? At age 11, Thunberg became ill and depressed. She stopped eating and speaking. The doctors diagnosed her condition as “Asperger syndrome with OCD and selective mutism.” Although she sometimes finds it hard to speak, she’s found her voice to address the climate crisis.

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About the Speaker

In 2019, members of Norway’s parliament nominated climate activist Greta Thunberg for a Nobel Peace Prize. 


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