Monday, September 23, 2019

We'll Be Watching You

This is all wrong.  I shouldn't be up here.  I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean.

You all come to us young people for hope.  How dare you?  You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones.  People are suffering.  People are dying.  Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency.  But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that.  Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil.  And that I refuse to believe.

You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.  The eyes of all future generations are upon you.  And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

-- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, speaking at the Climate Action Summit at the UN in New York, 23 September 2019

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