| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’

My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden and I want you to panic. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. I have said those words before. And a lot of people have
explained why that is a bad idea. A great number of politicians have told me
that panic never leads to anything good. And I agree. To panic, unless
you have to, is a terrible idea. But when your house is on fire and you want
to keep your house from burning to the ground then that does require some level of panic. Our civilization is so fragile.
It is almost like a castle built in the sand. The facade is so beautiful but the
foundations are far from solid. We have been cutting so many corners. Yesterday the world watched with
despair and enormous sorrow how the Notre Dame burned in Paris. Some buildings are more than just buildings. But the Notre Dame will be rebuilt. I hope that its foundations are strong. I hope that our foundations are even stronger. But I fear they are not. Around the year 2030, 10 years,
259 days, and 10 hours away from now we will be in a position where we
set off an irreversible chain reaction that will most likely lead to the
end of our civilization as we know it. That is unless in that time permanent
and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have taken place. Including a reduction of our CO2
emissions by at least 50 percent. And please note that these calculations
are depending on inventions that have not yet been invented at scale. Inventions that are supposed to clear our
atmosphere of astronomical amounts of carbon dioxide. Furthermore these calculations do not include
unforeseen tipping points and feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas
escaping from rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost. Nor do they include already locked in
warming hidden by air pollution. Nor the aspect of equity or climate justice
clearly stated throughout the Paris Agreement. Which is absolutely necessary to
make it work on a global scale. We must also bear in mind that these
are just calculations, estimations. That means that these points of no return
may occur a bit sooner or later than that. No one can know for sure. We can however be certain that they will
occur approximately in these timeframes because these calculations are
not opinions or wild guesses. These projections are backed up by scientific facts concluded by all nations through the IPCC. Nearly every major national scientific body
around the world unreservedly supports the work and findings of the IPCC. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. and the extinction rate is up to 10,000 times
faster than what is considered normal. With up to 200 species becoming extinct every
single day. Erosion of fertile top soil. Deforestation of our great forests. Toxic air pollution. Loss of insects and wildlife. The acidification of our oceans. These are all disastrous trends
being accelerated by a way of life that we in our financially fortunate part of the world see as our right to simply carry on. [Applause] But hardly anyone knows about these catastrophes or understand how they are just the first few symptoms of climate and ecological breakdown. Because how could they. They have not been told. Or more importantly they have
not been told by the right people and in the right way. Our house is falling apart and our leaders
need to start acting accordingly. Because at the moment they are not. If our house was falling apart our leaders
wouldn’t go on like you do today. You would change almost every part of your
behavior as you do in an emergency. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
fly around the world in business class chatting about how the market will solve everything
with clever small solution to specific isolated problems. You wouldn’t talk about buying and
building your way out of the crisis that has been created by
buying and building things. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the
breakdown of the climate and environment. [Applause] You wouldn’t be arguing about phasing
out coal in fifteen or eleven years. If our house was falling apart, you wouldn’t
be celebrating that one single nation like Ireland may soon divest from fossil fuels. You wouldn’t celebrate that Norway has decided
to stop drilling for oil outside the scenic resort of Lofoten islands but will continue
to drill for oil everywhere else for decades. It’s 30 years too late for that kind of celebration. If our house was falling apart the media
wouldn’t be writing about anything else. The ongoing climate and ecological crisis
would make up all the headlines. If our house was falling apart you wouldn’t
say that you have the situation under control and place the future living conditions for
all species in the hands of inventions that are yet to be invented. And you would not spend all your time as a
politician arguing about taxes or Brexit. If the walls of our house
truly came tumbling down surely you would set your differences
aside and start cooperating. [Applause] Well our house is falling apart and
we are rapidly running out of time. And yet basically nothing is happening. Everyone and everything needs to change. So why waste precious time arguing about
what and who needs to change first. Everyone and everything has to change. But the bigger your platform
the bigger your responsibility. The bigger your carbon footprint
the bigger your moral duty. When I tell politicians to act now the most common answer is
that they can’t do anything drastic because that would be too
unpopular among the voters. And they are right of course since most people
are not even aware why those changes are required. That is why I keep telling you
to unite behind the science. Make the best available science at
the heart of politics and democracy. The EU elections are coming up soon. And many of us who will be
affected the most by this crisis people like me, are not allowed to vote. Nor are we in a position to shape
the decisions of business, politics, engineering, media, education, or science. Because the time it takes for us
to educate ourselves to do that simply does no longer exist. And that is why millions of
children are taking it to the streets school striking for the climate to
create attention for the climate crisis. You need to listen to us, we who cannot vote. You need to vote for us, for
your children and grandchildren. What we are doing now can soon no longer be undone. In this election you vote for the
future living conditions for humankind. And though the politics needed do not exist today some alternatives are certainly less worse than others. And I have read that some parties do
not even want me standing here today because they so desperately do not
want to talk about climate breakdown. [Applause] Our house is falling apart. The future as well as what we have achieved
in the past is literally in your hands now. But it’s still not too late to act. It will take a far reaching vision. It will take courage. It will take fierce determination to act now
to lay the foundations where we may not know all the
details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and
make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible. And it’s OK if you refuse to listen to me. I am after all just a 16 year
old schoolgirl from Sweden. But you cannot ignore the scientists or the science. Or the millions of school striking children
who are striking for the right to a future. I beg you, please do not fail on this. [Applause]



Dec 12, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

Te amo cambiado el discurso? 🔽🔺

Antonio Jimenez

Dec 12, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

Durante mucho tiempo estas convenciones eran un pic nic.puesto que nadie era capaz de oír e invitar alguien que realmente dijera el tipo de riesgo que estamos atravesando estos momentos en nuestro mundo
Un niño se presentó.delante de los sacerdotes judíos haciéndoles ver que el traía un cambio a su tiempo y leyes. Fue Jesús dejando por un tiempo a sus padres
Pues bien está niña lleva más de tres días dejando la comodidad de su hogar y familia recordándonos que necesitamos cambiar nuestras leyes para que todos vivamos en este planeta. Espero no hagamos con ella lo que hicieron con Jesús ignorarlo y olvidar sus enseńanzas
Aunque el fin está decidido desde el mismo principio que pidamos este hermoso planeta quizá el creador quiera oír tantas lágrimas y dolor y darnos un nuevo amanecer a aquellos que aún no están entrando al arca prestada de madera que pronto se acabará

ghost rider

Dec 12, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

Go to the school thats your job at your age….


Dec 12, 2019, 6:51 am Reply

bruh she should become a rapper.

Jake Merchant

Dec 12, 2019, 3:47 pm Reply

As someone who also has Asperger's, I say…meh


Dec 12, 2019, 7:04 pm Reply

We Africans we are just beginning the Industrialism so we wanna have cars, trucks and ships. We need oil and a lot of it. With all due respect we had hundreds of thousands of years before whites arrived and we never did anything, we never invented a written language, a science nor a wheel.


Dec 12, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

It's so obvious that none of what she reads from her script are her own words.

IvyMargret Green

Dec 12, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

We are so lucky to have these young people, these children…….should make some 'Christian' denialists remember Christ's words……'suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not. For of such is the kingdom of Heaven'…..and bite their tongues when tempted to say stupid, rude or mean things about any of them. Did we all catch the climbing children, 11 and 8, who scaled a bridge in Spain to erect a sign about climate truth??? Braver and braver………younger and younger. Let's celebrate their inability to tell lies…….unlike so many damaged adults.

Mike Redding

Dec 12, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

Brainwashed at a young age !

Markus Sane

Dec 12, 2019, 2:01 pm Reply


That Guy

Dec 12, 2019, 9:22 pm Reply

Panic makes for irrational decisions, child. You'd know that if you weren't a child, child.

Joe Javier

Dec 12, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Does anyone remember that C02 is plant food?

2gointruth With Good News of The True Gospel

Dec 12, 2019, 7:31 am Reply

It is a scientific fact that Co2 emissions are heavier than air and therefore disperse all around us. Such emissions do not rise up into the stratosphere.
Even the lightest of all bird feathers is heavier than air. And no matter wherever the wind may blow it, it will still land somewhere on the earth, or on rivers or the sea, but doesn’t go up into the stratosphere.
Although methane, from humans, from cows and Co gas (carbon monoxide), are potential greenhouse gases, their effect is relatively short-lived. So perhaps the climate change and the global warming that spelled the end of the recognised Ice-Age, over 12,000 years ago, is also what is happening now?
For the Sun radiates carbon among its other gases! Therefore it is more likely than not that the greenhouse effect is the carbon which is radiated from the sun! When it is waste plastic that should surely be our true concern?


Dec 12, 2019, 8:36 am Reply

I'm gonna celebrate her being named TIME Person Of The Year and go burn a pile of empty soda bottles. Global Warming is nothing more than a scam originally conjured up by Al (The Bore) Gore.

John West

Dec 12, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

i want her to annoy someone else…puppet..staged speeches lets ignore solar flares, volcanic actions, magnetic pole shifts…rather trust in god than some undersized neurotic teenager..maggie

Robin Patrick

Dec 12, 2019, 9:47 am Reply

25 years to late!!! it s now done.

Králík Ondřej

Dec 12, 2019, 4:15 pm Reply

I love you Greta!!!

Susie Bear

Dec 12, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

Aww shut up you wally 😂

Maj Wor

Dec 12, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

Wouldn't the house being on fire 🔥 add to global warming…another tool being used by the globalist windbags.

saeid awhite

Dec 12, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Greta Thunberg = Garbage 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

Bob alloo

Dec 12, 2019, 9:46 am Reply

Greta Thunberg…another unthinking puppet of the left.

David Brescot

Dec 12, 2019, 11:06 am Reply

Masha Allah this little girl she's a miracle off Allah send her all around the wold must listen to her she got a knowledge and wisdom and she is the most imagine person little girl 16 only wake up people this message for God nobody else

kristel Transrock

Dec 12, 2019, 12:31 pm Reply

Hillary Clinton and the lucifériens are just behind.. to take profit.. Greta Thunberg better do to ask them for lollipop..

Ryan Wincester

Dec 12, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

Greta Thunberg's new performance…Will win an Oscar on february?


Dec 12, 2019, 10:10 pm Reply

“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had…"

Anthony 1976

Dec 12, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

She makes me want to cut my wrists. Reminds me of Exorcist girl when her head spins round and round, the bed levitating and green pus etc. I blame her parents.

Beauty Beauty

Dec 12, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply


kristian yves Lovendino

Dec 12, 2019, 1:41 am Reply

The haters in the comment section below are as low IQ as their orange president. She's got the courage to lecture everyone mostly those who known nothing and done nothing in the comments below. Pathetic people! Go, Greta! We, the informed majority, are behind you!

billy crossing

Dec 12, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

Oh just shut up. Liberal coaching, and the money goes in who's pocket?


Dec 12, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

Little girl you have no clue. Go be a child, that's what you are really going to miss.

Marlene Silvano

Dec 12, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

Her parents should get a call from CPS.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:08 am Reply

I wonder why she doesnt go to china or india???? They are the leading polluters of the world. Prolly cuz she knows she will end up in a meat grinder and fed to the pigs. Would prolly be more useful than what shes doing now though to be honest.

Jim Truscott

Dec 12, 2019, 4:39 pm Reply

Great advice: panic now before the planet self destructs… it could be any day now…civilization itself will end I feel sorry for this unfortunate girl.

Jim Truscott

Dec 12, 2019, 4:43 pm Reply

The best thing to do when you’re facing a problem,a danger, a disaster is to panic. Ah,what precocious wisdom !

the2Watchers of Jesus

Dec 12, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

That was a fake cry don't you know the Earth gets tossed into the lake of fire at the end so I don't get all of that it's all about Jesus I love the whole Earth Shall Perish but the love of Jesus will never perish Jesus Christ Lord and savior

xxx yyy

Dec 12, 2019, 7:26 am Reply

Who did write the speech for Greta?

Maja Mojo

Dec 12, 2019, 8:59 am Reply

God spreads PEACE.
Satan spreads PANIC.

Maja Mojo

Dec 12, 2019, 9:01 am Reply

God is a living water.
Devil is a blazing fire.

karina kapor

Dec 12, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

Great Greta Thunberg thank you so much good luck for you

Anthony 1976

Dec 12, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

I wonder how many of those clappers flew to that “parliament” in business class ✈️⛽️🍾

Paulo Lima

Dec 12, 2019, 9:44 pm Reply

Greta eu como brasileiro sonho em ver arranha céus na amazoniaaa

Chang Fuji

Dec 12, 2019, 10:15 pm Reply

No matter what at least she is trying are you

Inked Skin Deep

Dec 12, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

Her self proclaimed Neo-Marxist daddy sure does write a wonderful speech.


Dec 12, 2019, 11:11 am Reply

Fuck the idiot science deniers about Climate Change. Uneducated twats.

Jim Mansayagan

Dec 12, 2019, 2:47 am Reply

Among the difference between the dinosaurs of the past and the human being of the present is that the former has no Greta Thunberg and scientists thats why we only see them through their dug fossils installed in museums.

Alexander Steele

Dec 12, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

I need more than just words described as scientific fact. I need reproducible evidence that the world is dying and heading towards an apocalyptic end. I need the truth and education is the only thing that will help me at all to further myself. She needs to take a stand against pollution, persistent contrails taking 25% of our world agriculture away, and steer clear away from the words "climate change". This is by all means a man made crisis. Man does produce a high amount of pollution and it needs to be stopped before our environment starts to go down hill past a point of no return. I do not agree with Greta Thunburg and the way this whole situation is being handled at all. A man made climate crisis and resource depletion is inevitable unless something is done to produce energy, starships, and terraforming technology. One thing people fail to talk about more or less is that the planet is reaching what is called "K" or "Carrying Capacity". We need to hurry. Our childrens lives depend on it. When the food strikes happen? When "K' is finally reached… and doom besets our poor and the middle class can't survive anymore. What then Greta Thunberg? She's delusional and obviously needs to be taught what the Dunning Kruger effect is and shut the fuck up until she's old enough with the experience, and an actual education to actually do something not regrettable.

cuteo tran

Dec 12, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

Greta Thunberg is danger for this world . Get your kids away from the Evil !! I feel sorry for who ever parent of this girl so ugly though she got brain wash from Devil!! Or if her parent teaching her liar she was born from Evil & Devil family!!


Dec 12, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

Someone forgot to tell her that saying there’s a fire in a crowded room isn’t free speech. 😜

Sanjiv Rai

Dec 12, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

I have proud of u greata

George AM-Alpha

Dec 12, 2019, 10:19 am Reply

Climate Activism! What a nice way to be famous and safe at the same time. There are so many people who risk their lives to save other people, and no one helps them. If you dare go to Africa or in Latin America, and make activism against poverty, or against drug cartels, with millions of deaths every year.


Dec 12, 2019, 11:08 am Reply

its a boy

Harvey Payne

Dec 12, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Yes we need to hold up the banner of young people in the world after all when this generation are in old people’s homes and can’t even feed themselves this generation will be wiping your arse and feeding you and taking care of your ugly mother fxxxxxx arses

Dave K

Dec 12, 2019, 7:25 am Reply

This Brat needs to be SLAPPED!!!

JustAsIAM 17

Dec 12, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

Want proof liberals are retarded? They listen to 16 year olds. There's your proof.

Mr Free1 • 18 years ago

Dec 12, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply

Quit using this unstable child.. Its disgusting

Bibio Topch

Dec 12, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

i am greta and i am 60 years old….thats about right


Dec 12, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

She’s annoying the he’ll out of me

tyler fromme

Dec 12, 2019, 3:32 pm Reply

She makes me want to rev my engine all day long and should we be taking advice from a little girl that has only spent little time on earth!!!!!!


Dec 12, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

Before you go into the comment section warning: the comments are deep 😳

Yury Donskoy

Dec 12, 2019, 6:08 am Reply

Empty talk…

Neil Warriner

Dec 12, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

its a disgrace that over half of the people in that room are on their phones and dont even see the situation for what it is.

Alberto William Alves Viana

Dec 12, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

All this girl see is prevarication… I bet she went to vacation on Brazil where she got that sensation.


Jan 1, 2020, 12:17 am Reply

She is a moron

Kelli Wells

Jan 1, 2020, 2:25 am Reply

Unless Greta and her followers are traveling around the world on pixie dust…. There is no reason, what so ever, to take ( this child) seriously!

payal gongade

Jan 1, 2020, 10:04 am Reply

It's really good,

English Heart

Jan 1, 2020, 12:12 am Reply

Didn't JRM get lambasted for saying people should flee a burning home?


Jan 1, 2020, 2:11 pm Reply

The quintessence of modern times: a girl speaking only generalities, put up to a pedestal. Something reminds me of that.

Aadam Asghar

Jan 1, 2020, 11:19 pm Reply

how dare you

Bolesław Ek

Jan 1, 2020, 8:25 pm Reply

Potrzeba dzieci by beton zrozumiał,ale zamknąć fabryki zbrojeniowe kombinaty żywnościowe.Korporacje wszelkiego rodzaju tylko by Nas ludzi uratować musielibyśmy się prędzej zlikwidować i tego obawiam się najbardziej a przyroda wróci do stanu pierwotnego Chociaż znając chciwość panujących i dla niej zabraknie miejsca.


Jan 1, 2020, 2:11 am Reply

I'm 60 y/o

Michael O’Neil

Jan 1, 2020, 12:38 pm Reply

What a creepy little thing.

Jonathan M.

Jan 1, 2020, 1:48 pm Reply

She's not even saying anything! My god, if we're hopeful children will save us, we're doomed.

Elizabeth Blane

Jan 1, 2020, 9:46 pm Reply

Being an intelligent girl, she will someday realize how she's been used by her parents and others to advance their agenda. Right now she's good at reading her papers and quivering her voice at the right time. The grooming and coaching that has gone on here with her can be considered child abuse.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:58 pm Reply

0:05 " i'm 60 years old "… SHUT THE FUCK UP YÔ BICH!!!


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Jan 1, 2020, 1:11 pm Reply

She’s pushing the elite agenda.. she’s a poster child. She’s being used as a tool to promote fear so people will agree with the elites mass murdering plans to make their precious Georgia Guide Stone theology true when it says there needs to be just a 500,000 people on this planet in order to sustain life..This girl is setting the stage for them to carry out their plans of mass genocide and winning the hearts of leaders with her Pollyanna plea’s. Wake up people.. WAKE THE F*%# UP…!!!

Daniel Sawyer

Jan 1, 2020, 2:31 am Reply

Jesus Christ, look what these climate change alarmists are doing to these poor kids… how dare they!

Виктория Сазанова

Jan 1, 2020, 12:59 am Reply

Че она творит, маладецццц!

sven odsvik

Jan 1, 2020, 8:01 pm Reply

Wake up Greta. Dont you see that the non scandinaviens and non anglo saxon people are responsible . Eleminate them. God and animls will greet that good deed. Regards- Blue eyed crusader.

sven odsvik

Jan 1, 2020, 8:04 pm Reply

Save the rightious and beautiful one´s. Destoy the rest.

g k.o franch

Jan 1, 2020, 11:57 pm Reply

Essa só falou merda

g k.o franch

Jan 1, 2020, 11:57 pm Reply

Pq ela não se manifestou na Austrália

Multi World sans

Jan 1, 2020, 4:22 am Reply

My swedish accent cant tell you enough

Lehlila Devandria

Jan 1, 2020, 7:08 am Reply

There is something seriously suspect with this girl. I don't believe that she has Aspergers nor do I believe that she is 16.

David De Marchi

Jan 1, 2020, 5:02 am Reply

She makes me want to pollute


Jan 1, 2020, 9:12 am Reply

For the past 80 years the world is going to end because of climate change 10 years from now.


Jan 1, 2020, 4:20 am Reply

There there Greta, ok ok we believe you , just calm down and take your pills, ummm yes the green one dear

Livan Roque

Jan 1, 2020, 1:44 pm Reply

Holy crap I'm panicking my house help help don't help me hahaha

Political Fashionista

Jan 1, 2020, 8:16 pm Reply

if we ended up relying on a little puppet to solve the fossil fuel crisis, the end is nigh.

Richard Kjelsrud

Jan 1, 2020, 8:31 pm Reply

When there oilfields are underwater then it will be important and every coastal city goes as well that will cost more than they can part with.

jo bovens

Jan 1, 2020, 12:50 am Reply

Litlle chick is stupid and indoctirinated !!!


Jan 1, 2020, 5:16 am Reply

That is quite a speech. I see what is happening in Australia – I hear that there are even people there who cannot accept the huge climatic changes we are beginning to see. Where heat and dryness continue to increase, and where we see wildfires that cannot be put out. People will have to live to serve the whole and not just themselves in order to face this future – and people are so resistant to that idea. I can see people posting here who are just full of hate. This girl is authentic.

Jay Jay

Jan 1, 2020, 3:59 am Reply

Anybody else find it odd how they dress her? She's nearly a grown woman and she looks like a child no more than 11. But in her face she appears older than 15. I swear as crazy as this sounds this some Orphan shit sland she's actually in her late 20s early 30s.

alpha beta

Jan 1, 2020, 2:25 pm Reply

Panic like the house is on fire. Did the Zionists have the Australian Bush fires planned at this point?

alpha beta

Jan 1, 2020, 2:26 pm Reply

My name is GT, I am 16 years old and I am an actress.

danny cole

Jan 1, 2020, 2:44 pm Reply

'It is like a castle built in the sand'……………Who else is quoted saying that ? What was it he said about that, according to the re-writing of his words ?? Greta is sooooooooooo right about this that the haters MUST hate her to the ends of their corporate profits, and back…..

bcc mcc

Jan 1, 2020, 7:46 pm Reply

And a Little Child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

alex tilson

Jan 1, 2020, 1:09 am Reply

I wander how much the BBC has paid her, she ticks all the BBC boxes

Abz M

Jan 1, 2020, 3:02 pm Reply

This bitch thinks she is John Connor –

Wash your hair fix your teeth buy new clothes and come back next year

Klaatu Barada Nikito

Jan 1, 2020, 3:19 pm Reply


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