Greta Thunberg on Whether She’d Meet with the President

Greta Thunberg on Whether She’d Meet with the President

I am so excited right now. At just 16 years
old, our next guest is already changing the world. Look at her. Humanity is now standing
at a crossroads. We must now decide which
path we want to take. [MUSIC PLAYING] A teenager from Sweden, called
the Voice of the Planet, leads a global youth movement
and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. We are in the midst of
the sixth mass extinction. Our house is falling apart. Our leaders need to
start acting accordingly. Her actions started
with a solitary strike outside Sweden’s
Parliament last year. And now, look at what
her movement has become. Students and workers
all around the world are flooding the
streets demanding action on climate change. 1.4 million kids across
dozens of countries joined her in the streets. But it’s looking like this could
be the largest climate protest in our planet’s history. Now, she’s taking her message to
the other side of the Atlantic. Greta Thunberg has
completed her sailboat trip to attend a United Nations
Global Warming Conference. Thunberg refused to fly here
because of the carbon footprint of traveling by plane. You all come to us
young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my
dreams and my childhood with your empty words. Greta Thunberg is
taking on climate change head on, pulling no punches. She delivered a scathing speech. She fiercely criticized
leaders for their inaction on combating climate change. You are failing us. But the young
people are starting to understand your betrayal. By scolding the
rich and powerful, she made such waves, a prominent
conservative in Britain tweeted, “Freak yachting
accidents do happen in August.” And now she’s on the
president’s radar, as well. Overnight, the president seeming
to mock this teenage activist with a sarcastic tweet. And if you belong to that
small group of people who feel threatened
by us, then we have some very bad news for you. [CHEERING] Because this is
only the beginning. Please welcome Greta Thunberg. (SINGING) We can be
heroes just for one day. [CHEERING] [MUSIC – DAVIE BOWIE, “HEROES”] First of all, thank you. I guess, everyone who
meets you says, thank you. Because what you’re doing,
it’s the loudest voice. And it’s getting
so much attention. And we need this, because
we haven’t, obviously, done enough. So I want to start
with thank you. And then does this
just get overwhelming? Because you’re just doing
so much at your age. This is a lot of energy. Yes. It is a lot. It is a lot to take in. It is a lot for a teenager. Yeah. It’s a lot. And you’re traveling
around the world. And you’re speaking in
front of so many people. We’ve been trying to
get you for two months. It took you to get– you
know, you had to take a boat. And then you were in New York. And then you had
to take a train. And so it took a
while to get you here. But thank you for being here. [CHEERING] Thank you very
much for having me. So, I mean, I, like
so many people, are fascinated that you started
learning about climate change at what age? I think it was age
7, 8, 9 in school. I learned the basics, like
the planet was warming because of increased greenhouse gases. And then I just
couldn’t believe it. Because I thought if
this was really true, then surely someone must
have done something, then surely we would
take it seriously. But no one took it seriously. And so I started
to read about it. And, of course, the
more I read about it, the more I understood. And once I fully understood
it, I couldn’t just look away anymore. Right. But there’s a lot of people. You could say that for a lot
of young people and adults. But people just get
on with their lives. And they don’t go after
it the way you have. And you started with
one small gesture. You just sat down on the
street and put a sign out. And now, over 11 million
people, because of you, have been striking
because of this. [CHEERING] 11 million people. I mean, I guess it shows you
what one voice can do, right? It shows you the
power that you have. Yes. It really does. And I would never have expected
that something like that would happen. I mean, I just thought that I
need to do whatever I can do. And it’s, obviously,
not going to be enough. But at least it’s something. And I needed to,
just for myself, make sure that I did
whatever I could, so that I could look myself
in the eye in this crisis. Well, it’s the way
you speak, I think. It’s where you’re coming from. It’s how you come
across, and your energy. And you’re so real and raw. And I think that’s probably why. We’re going to take a break. And we’re going to talk about
what everyone else can do, so they can look
themselves in the eye. And we can all try to
turn this thing around, because we’re
running out of time. So we’ll be right back. You, obviously, have
a lot of supporters. You have a lot of people who are
walking and fighting with you. But then you get a tweet from
the president, who basically, was not a kind tweet. Do you ever think
about– would you sit down with him to try to help
him understand climate change? I don’t understand
why I would do that. [LAUGHTER] [CHEERING] I don’t see what
I could tell him that he hasn’t already heard. Yeah. And I just think it would
be a waste of time, really. Yeah. And you have said– and I love that you say this. You say that your
Aspergers is a gift. You look at it as a gift. And I think it is a gift. But explain why you say that. I mean, in this society,
everyone is the same. Everyone thinks the same. And then I think it is
a gift to be different, to have some kind of– if you are on the
autism spectrum, that makes you different. And especially in
a crisis like this, we need to think
outside the box. We need people who
think differently. And that means that people
who work differently can be a good resource for that. Yeah. [CHEERING] What have you done? What have you done
to change your life? Like you said, you
do things that you can do to look
yourself in the eye and know you’ve done enough. What have you done? I have done– I have stopped flying. And I have gone vegan. I have a shop-stop. It means you don’t buy new
things unless you absolutely have to and just
things like that. But especially, I’m trying to
communicate what is happening and try to put pressure
on people in power. All right. So– [APPLAUSE] –here’s what we’re doing. We’re going to do something,
because your voice is– I just have been wanting
to meet you for so long. I think you’re so amazing. So we’re creating a
section on Ellentube. And we’re dedicating it to you. So we’ll have
information and resources to help educate people
on climate change. You can learn how to reduce
your carbon footprint, see what you can do
to make a difference. We’ll also have information
on how to join Greta’s climate strikes. As she posts new information,
we’ll share it on that page. We’re committing $100,000 into
promoting that web page to help your message get across. [CHEERING] Thank you. All right? Thank you. And Greta’s book No One Is
Too Small to Make a Difference is out now. And you’re all going
to go home with a copy. We’ll be right back. [CHEERING]

100 Replies to “Greta Thunberg on Whether She’d Meet with the President”

  1. She is a teenage girl like millions of other teenage girls, passionate and engaged in what she believes in, but it doesn't make her the answer, she has simply been picked up by the media and used as a mouthpiece for a public hungry for an ambassador….. already full of her own importance and convictions, what about the three crew and father who supported your boat journey only to fly back at the end of it ? ….. had you yourself flown it would have been just two flights ? answer on a postcard please to: The Ellen De Generes Show.

  2. It’s funny how this idiot can read off paper but when it’s face to face oooo no I don’t know what to say theses rich people the have planes and cars to which only a few will have electric cars

  3. This is getting ridicolous, she doesn’t have any clue what she’s talking about, all of her speeches are mostly meaningless. I mean, if you take away that angry and young face, hurt voice and ‚big’ words like extinction & famous ‚HOW DARE YOU’ there’s pretty much nothing left…nobody actually knows who she means by ‚you have stolen my dreams and my childhood’..who kid, who? Trump? More like you parents and PR manager..

  4. if she sounded more mature and was well spoken I wouldn’t have an issue with the kid… but at times it just feels she’s fake

  5. This video is a motivation for me when I don't want to do anything for the Environment… I just made a video about TOP 3 Climate Change & Global Warming Documentaries. If you check it out and find your new favorite documentary I'd be glad)))

  6. It's good but I doubt anything is going to change cause people dont care even the people who are protesting dont care they are just doing it because to them it's like a trend

  7. and, uh, and I and and and and surely we will take it seriously, and I read about climate change in teen beat magazine and uh, uh, uh

  8. The world is a better place with one Greta less.
    Taking birth and then reducing carbon footprints…… rather not procreate at all.

  9. Someone tell me that what has she actually done that is helping the environment because currently Mr beast is the one doing something, not her.

  10. Any one who is watching this and are totally committed to climate change cannot reply to this as you shouldn't be using phones or computers because your only damaging the world. As fot this little mental case kid I try to do this and I sail a boat…… How do u think that boat was made. Basically if you contribute to climate change don't start shouting at others for the same thing. Again don't reply think of the planet!!!! 😅👍🌏😜😭🤣👍🌍🌎🌏🚀🌏🚀🚀🚀🌏

  11. At 16 she's changing the world?? What's changed?? Crude oil , black & Brown coal , LPG , LNG , Propane , Kero , wood fires , refuse fires , forest fires for land clearing , smoking , cars , trucks , lawn mowers etc etc are still being used every second of every day. Get Read Media.

  12. People saying she’s not making a difference and “ what has she done to help the environment “ she’s done a lot more than you ever have and probably ever will to help the world and she at least can think of something other than herself and if that bothers you you are the one who has a problem and is delusional not her

  13. This is the kind of stuff that devides a nation instead of leaving politics out and just uniting people with laughter and joy!!??!

  14. She did very well with the applause you could see she was struggling with the noise and the hug she gave Ellen was not one she wanted to give bless her, as someone who also has aspergers noise and people in general realty overwhelm me sometimes I think she’s doing amazing considering ☺️

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