Individual Observation Paper 2
Greta Thunberg’s Speech on Climate Action, Sept. 23, 2019
On 22 September 2019, Climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech on climate
action at the U.N.'s Climate Action Summit in New York City. Miss Thunberg opened her
speech with a response regarding a message on climate action she had for the world leaders
gathered at the Climate Action Summit, accusing them of inaction and half-measures. Miss
Thunberg opened her impassioned address by warning the world leaders that they are being
watched for their inaction on curbing climate change. She stated, “My message is that we'll be
watching you” (NPR Staff, 2019). Miss Thunberg asserted that it was wrong for her as a young
person to be reminding world leaders to act on climate change and for the leaders to turn to
youths like her for hope on climate action. Miss Thunberg emphasized world leaders’ lack of
action on climate change stressing that the world leaders have stolen her dreams and childhood
with empty words on climate action. She further addressed the consequences of inaction on
climate change by world leaders saying “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire
ecosystems are collapsing” (NPR Staff, 2019).
Thunberg further mentions that world leaders have ignored the consequences of climate
inaction and instead, focused their discourses on money and “fairy tales of eternal economic
growth” (NPR Staff, 2019). She goes ahead to argue that for more than three decades, science
has provided evidence of climate change. However, she emphasizes that world leaders are not
doing enough because there is no political will and solutions needed to tackle the urgent proble...
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