Greta Thunberg “Our House is on Fire” 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Greta Thunberg  “Our House is on Fire” 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos


“Our House is on Fire” – I am here to say our house is on fire. According to the IPCC, we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society needs to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%. And please note that those numbers do not include the aspect of equity, which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris Agreement work on a global scale, nor does it include tipping points or feedback loops like the extreme powerful methane gas being released from the thawing Arctic permafrost. At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories, but their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag. And on climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed. All political movements in their present form have done so and the media has failed to create broad public awareness. But Homo sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands, but unless we recognize the overall failures of our current systems we must probably…those probably don’t stand a chance. We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people, and now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now it’s the time to speak clearly. Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens has ever …have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases, and either we do that or we don’t. You say nothing in life is black or white, but that is a lie — a very dangerous lie. Either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that if… irreversible chain reaction beyond the human control or we don’t. Either we choose to go on as a civilization or we don’t. That is as black or white as it gets. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Now we all have a choice. We can create transformational action that will safeguard the future living conditions for humankind Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail. Then it’s up to you and me. Some say that we should not engage in activism. Instead we should leave everything to our politicians and just vote for change instead. But what do we do when there is no political will? What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight? Here in Davos, just like everywhere else, everyone is talking about money. It seems that money and growth are our own…only main concerns and since the primary crisis is a crisis that has never once been treated as a crisis, people are simply not aware of the full consequences of our everyday life. People are not aware that there is such a thing as a carbon budget, and just how incredible small that remaining carbon budget is. And that needs to change today No other current challenge can match the importance of establishing a wide public awareness and understanding of our rapidly disappearing carbon budgets that should and must become a new global currency in the very heart of future and present economics. We are now at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilization and the entire biosphere must speak out in clear language no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be. We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint is the bigger your more duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility. Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people to give them hope. But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act. I want you to act as if you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is.

36 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg “Our House is on Fire” 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

  1. Once again, so true. I am so happy about what you are doing Greta, and I so wish that the politicians would listen.

  2. "to say that these emperors and empresses have no clothes on"

    I fear all of mankind we will be naked by the time this journey ends.

  3. The poor kids of this world will be stuck with what we have done due to our stupidity and greed. They will be left with a shattered planet that will no longer be conducive for human habitation. It is always the innocent that pay for the crimes of others!

  4. She obviously knows the realities of global warming to an extent that so few adults, regardless of age, know. Probably incredibly few kids of fifteen know what she already knows, worldwide.
    Check out the interview done by Amy Goodman of Democracynow.org in the last COP just recently held in Poland. She got started in her studies related to Climate Change at around 8 or 9 she said. Ends up being just about the same number of years that I've been at it, and I'm in my early 60's.

    So poor 'ol Greta Thunberg with a whole lifetime ahead of her realizes that it's not going to be much of a good life without emergency action that needs to get going in a very short timeframe.

    She understands the comprehensive changes required about everything related to how the developed and still developing world goes about its business. The lust for more and more and more wealth, but at what cost? She obviously knows what cost, she just clearly stated that.

    Will we ever wake up, collectively and worldwide, to the realities of Global Warming? At some point in the not too distant future I believe we will. But we seem to be wired to wait until it's too late before the media, general public, and so-called "world leaders" finally realize these realities.

    And I'm convinced that Greta knows this as well.

  5. You go girl.. our focused straight to the point BraveHeart has spoken.. Now the world needs to listen.. with Bouth ear's πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ’•
    Thank you from my heart Greta we love you dearly πŸ’•πŸƒπŸŒπŸƒπŸ’•βœŒπŸ’œ
    Bravo πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ’•

  6. Dear Greta, your words resonate with me. A few sentences/words from your speech that struck me personally: "now is not the time for speaking politely" | "it's the time to speak clearly" | "you say nothing in live is black or white but that's a lie, a very dangerous lie" | "it seems like money and growth are our only main concerns" | "Carbon Budget must become our new global currency" | "no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable thay may be" | "the bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility". These words contain very clear calls for action, especially the last one: the bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility. That gives a really good clue to how we could start solving these huge climate challenges: connect bigger platform responsibilities with actions instead of trying to solve this on a per land, per capita, per industry, per most emissions or per whatever other measure. To make it more practical, to start with, the biggest platform (top-x capitalists?) could start with accepting the most responsibility and develop a real, actionable trickle-down plan that feeds into biggest global impacts, those impacts to be democratically informed by other well thought-out global campaigns on the 'biggest' (and therefore most responsible?) platforms like Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter etc. to make a joint effort to find out what people of the World think the abundant money from the trickle-down plan can be best spent at. This in it's turn could inform country-level politics who then make a country-level plan based upon these global-level democratically stated needs/wants. We have to start somewhere. Even a 60% perfect fix is better than leaving this up to the invisible hand of the market or to failed politics.

  7. The tepid applause this child received after this amazing speech was an absolute disgrace.
    If she sees this comment, I want her to know that there are currently thousands, perhaps millions of people giving her the standing ovation she deserves, and we will continue to do so for a very long time.

  8. From the mouth of a 16-year-old may be that these closed hearts will be affected! Great speech Great, congratulations and long life for this fight that illuminates our hearts from the Sahel!

  9. every one must plant trees ! bloody millions of them, its gonna help capture some of that carbon ! its easy and if your going to bring money into it use a seed !! its free !! oak and sycamore are very easy to germinate in temperate zones. before its too late.

  10. The ONLY time humans ever act on a crisis is when it's almost too late. Unfortunately now it's almost too late. But NONE of the people who most people would listen to. Are saying anything urgently. On the left here in America, they mention it in passing. And on the right, they 100% DENY it. The Only ones speaking out about it and willing to do something are Progressives.

  11. Hi Greta, do you know, the leader of Germany , Dr. Angela Merkel is a Physicist ? Do you know the Fraunhofer Institute together with Audi carried out a study for Hydrogen Methanisation, so together with CO2 they made Methane from Wind generated electricity and drove (still driving) a car on it ? ( Audi e-Gas ) . But because Saudi Arabia is the biggest minority shareholder in key german industries and the $ based on Oil they were not, are not and, not for the forseeable future, will change to Methane for industrial fuel inspite it provides the opportunity for storing renewable Energy and reducing CO2 emission drasticly. Something a Physicist should know but a" Bundeskanzler" is not allowed to !

  12. Greta's words make me cry, though I force myself to listen. Part of the problem is people not paying attention because it is scary.

  13. Unless those at Davos can figure a way to make another fortune from saving our planet they won't give a damn.

  14. The sad thing is it's not our house thats on fire. It's hers, it's my 14 month old sons house. Her whole point is we don't inherit the earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children.

  15. Climate relevant political decisions should be made only by public referenda from NOW on. We must not be afraid of our Goverment – The Goverment has to be afraid of us. And most obviously, WE know more than our " Representers " want to know.

  16. I have been hoping for a future world leader to come along soon and save us from ourselves and in particular climate change. I think Greta has all the essential ingredients we need. We must give her all the support we possibly can, because there are many who will try to discredit her, if only because of her age.

  17. The world has pulled together before in eliminating CFCs. Yes CO2 is more intertwined in out society and greedy companies want to continue but this IS something we can do!

  18. She’s great and very articulate but I didn’t hear any actual solutions being presented. All I hear is that we should fear and I don’t resonate with that.

  19. Oh yeah thats the spirit πŸ˜€
    but I hope she gets more understanding and respect from the people on the earth than Severn Suzuki… '-,-
    sorry for black painting 😑

  20. HEY PRESIDENTS and Prime Minister! DO YOU HEAR THISSS?!!!! Can you start acting and stop pretending like its not real!

  21. at 16 I was literally thinking of bullshit. GRETAM I applaud you. I will start changing, for our future. Thank you

  22. As of 08/24,2019 there are more than 70,000 human-set fires in the Amazon, encouraged by Brazil's president. They not only add CO2 to the atmosphere but also snow and ice blackening soot. And, of course, the CO2 intake of the trees is lost. Do you really believe that H. sap. will survive all of this?

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