10 Best Greta Thunberg Quotes

The Full Circle team select our favourite inspiration quotes from Climate Activist Greta Thunberg.

If you haven’t heard of Greta Thunberg you may have possibly been living under a rock for the past year. Greta is a 16 year old Swedish climate activist. She initiated a school strike for climate movement in August 2018 aged 15 then went on to speak at the United Nations Climate Change Conference where she berated world leaders there for their inactivity on the Climate emergency.

We think she’s awesome so here we share 10 of her best quotes to get you fired up to act on climate change.

Why should I be studying for a future that soon will be no more, when no one is doing anything whatsoever to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts within the school system when the most important facts given by the finest science of that same school system clearly means nothing to our politicians and our society?
— 31st October 2018
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There are no emergency meetings, no headlines, no breaking news. No one is acting as if we were in a crisis. Even most climate scientists or green politicians keep on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy … Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground. So we can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.
— 24th November 2018
We are about to sacrifice our civilization for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue to make enormous amounts of money. [...] But it is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few. [...] You say that you love your children above everything else. And yet you are stealing their future.
— December 2018

According to Wikipedia In August 2019, a doubling in the number of childrens' books being published which address the climate crisis was reported, with a similar increase in the sales of such books—all aimed at empowering young people to save the planet. Publishers attribute this to the "Greta Thunberg effect".

We have to understand the emergency of the situation. Our leadership has failed us. Young people must hold older generations accountable for the mess they have created. We need to get angry, and transform that anger into action.
— 23rd December 2018
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You don’t listen to the science because you are only interested in solutions that will enable you to carry on like before. Like now. And those answers don’t exist any more. Because you did not act.
— 23rd April 2019
Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. [...] I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.
— 25th January 2019
Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we all have created. But that is just another convenient lie. Because if everyone is guilty then no one is to blame. And someone is to blame. Some people – some companies and some decision-makers in particular – have known exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money.
— 25th January 2019
For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis, but we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We are striking because we have done our homework and they have not.
— 1st March 2019
You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us. We will not understand it until it’s too late. And yet we are the lucky ones. Those who will be affected the hardest are already suffering the consequences. But their voices are not heard.
— 23rd April 2019

In August 2019, Greta sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth, UK to New York, USA in a 60ft racing yacht that is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines. She set out to make the trip carbon neutral to serve as a demonstration of Thunberg's beliefs of the importance of reducing emissions. The voyage lasted 15 days, from 14 to 28 August 2019.

You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us. We will not understand it until it’s too late. And yet we are the lucky ones. Those who will be affected the hardest are already suffering the consequences. But their voices are not heard.
— 23rd April 2019

Nothing like a bit of inspiration to get our arses in gear to save the world.

 

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