Greta Thunberg at Davos: The House is on Fire

January 25, 2019



On Thursday, Thunberg gave an impromptu speech at a lunch with a star-studded guest list that included music stars Bono and, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, and an array of bankers and investors. She roasted them.
“Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we will have created, but that is not true, because if everyone is guilty then no one is to blame. And someone is to blame,” Thunberg said flatly. “Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. And I think many of you here today belong to that group of people.”

There was a short pause in the room before Bono started clapping.

7 Responses to “Greta Thunberg at Davos: The House is on Fire”

  1. Donald Osborn Says:

    Wonderful. While she does not want our hope, I must say that it is young people like her that gives ME hope.
    Is there a video of her full comments there?

  2. redskylite Says:

    At sixteen she is an amazing confident speaker, with a potent, powerful message. Lets hope the policymakers and leaders get it. The kids do.

    The buck is no longer our king, our planet is, long live the king.

    Thousands of schoolchildren are marching through Berlin to urge tougher measures against global warming.

  3. John Says:

    Reblogged this on jpratt27 and commented:
    We must stop stealing our children’s future.

  4. indy222 Says:

    Why did it take a 15 year old to call out the Emperor has no clothes? We’re all so goddam “polite” and “respectful” (well, not on this blog, agreed) to the insanity, the unfathomable betrayal to all future life on Earth, that is going on. And we all meekly tentatively half-raise our hand in mild protest and be sure not to antagonize those we want to change. When what’s really needed is blunt, 1000% rooted in reality w/o BS “respect” that is nothing more than cowardice in “new clothes”. And cowardice only encourages the continued belief that we’ll swallow yet more BS while they pocket more short-term profits, and “git mine while the gitten’s still good”.

    Yes, Greta’s an incredible breath of fresh air! I’m so very sick and tired of this nonsense patient political spadework and cultivation and compromise and goddam sausage making – it hasn’t altered CO2 trends one iota. US CO2 emissions up again in ’18, globally they expect the biggest jump in atmospheric CO2 year-on-year, ever.

    Bring on the revolution, and if it has to be started by the high school kids – shame on us!

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I’ve been retired from the school business for 25 years now, so am not as familiar with where American high school kids are “coming from” as I used to be. In the one hand, I suspect that they have gone as “crazy” and gotten as lazy as many older Americans under the brainwashing that we have seen over the past 40 or so years.

      On the other, teenagers have always seen things more in black and white and have had an exaggerated sense of fairness much like Greta’s, and when they get rolling can be formidable. I had to deal with only a few “mass rebellions” back in the day, including one where the kids walked out of class and sat down in the hallways to demonstrate for higher pay for teachers (we didn’t push them too hard on that one). Most of their endless energy was directed into positives like classes. sports, music, art, drama, yearbook, newspaper, student government, and other activities.

      On the first Earth Day, the student group I advised organized the whole school to go outside for half a day to dig holes to plant trees and shrubs, after getting a local nursery chain to donate thousands of dollars worth of plants and mulch. Those plantings are now quite mature, and make that school one of the best landscaped you’ll ever see.

      They also swarmed like ants into the wooded areas around the school and neighborhood and hauled out all kinds of trash, including a few dozen hot water heaters, refrigerators, and air conditioners, as well as a few dozen old tires, pieces of furniture, old doors, and TWO shells of stripped down cars—-30 or 40 kids teamed up and humped and bumped them to the road. An unbelievable sight. It happened so fast the adult didn’t have time to get worried about the dangers, and aside from some small scrapes, no one got hurt.

      They had also arranged with the county refuse department to come pick up the junk, and when two guys arrived with a small dump truck, they gave us a “Jaws” preview with the statement “We’re going to need a bigger truck”. They got on the radio, and soon after another small dump truck arrived pulling a front end loader on a trailer, followed by an 18-wheel open top trailer. They pretty much filled all three trucks, using the front end loader on the heavy stuff .

      I tell this story in hopes that today’s kids will rise to the occasion in a similar fashion once they get aroused. It is, after all, going to be their planet, and if they don’t start the revolution or get heavily involved, it likely won’t come in time, if ever.

      • redskylite Says:

        Thanks for sharing that wonderful piece, it is the most interesting and heartfelt item that I’ve seen for a long time, based on rich experiences.

        What is most amazing to me, the dumbest adolescent ever, Greta is not even speaking in her native tongue, yet has perfect delivery in English.

        May she go far in the future and most importantly make a huge difference to our destiny.

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