“You are never too small to make a difference.”
Her daring and emotive words must have struck a chord strongly in every single one of us. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg’s brave face will continue to swim in our minds for years to come. In fact, Time magazine has named Greta as the Time’s 2019 youngest-ever Person of the year.
10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration
An activist from Sweden, Greta is the fearless young girl that has taken a huge step towards climate change that is not so slowly killing us all as we talk. She is the face of the global movement who is demanding governments to take immediate measures to save the young ones’ future that we adults owe them.
Greta pioneered the #FridaysForFuture(1) movement last year in August. She skipped school to sit in front of the Swedish parliament to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. After going viral, millions of young people joined her on protests with many children walking out of their schools to take part. The truth behind Greta’s words will not make us sit any easier.
The vegan environmentalist has given numerous powerful and passionate speeches articulating the immediate need for actions against climate change. These are a few among the powerful words Greta has thrown at us to ponder on. Get inspired by Greta Thunberg quotes:
“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.”
Spoken like a true prodigy. It’s not that we haven’t thought about this. Rather, we failed to acknowledge the solutions right under our nose again and again and now we have a teen activist calling us out(2).
“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
Greta Thunberg’s quotes have reassured young girls that it’s never too early to use their voice and their age has no bearing on their ability to lead the change.
“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.”
In her speeches, she references scientific evidence that leaves no space for further excuses. She demands that world leaders listen to scientific facts instead of chasing after the money they won’t live to use(3).
“Many people say that Sweden is just a small country, and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”
These quotes are from the collection of her speeches coming out in book form, titled “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.”
“If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.”
This simply shows how powerful is just one simple act of speaking out, giving no difference to the age or the gender. One small step is a step itself, right?
“We are striking because we have done our homework, and they have not.”
Many students who witnessed Greta speak said that they felt moved by what she said, calling her “empowering”. She has moved the young ones and adults alike with her words that spoke the truth.
“Why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future?”
If a child is more aware of how we focus on the profits of tomorrow and leave the sustainability of the future in jeopardy, we have so much to grow. And most importantly, be aware, understand, and change.
“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.”
Greta made this speech at the UN Climate Change Conference on 4th December 2018 in Poland. She bravely accused the assembled world leaders for not doing enough about climate change and for causing problems for future generations.
“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say – we will never forgive you.”
This was said at the UN Climate Summit, New York on 23rd September 2019. These powerful words are taken from her speech delivered to world leaders. She has talked many times about how important it is for these world leaders to take action against climate change that is severely destroying the planet.
“We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like or not it.”
She was not begging for action like everyone else who did before. She was merely promising the adults who have ruined the little one’s future that they will bring a change. Sooner than later.
Spreading awareness of the problem we refused to believe in, Greta first became interested in climate change when she was nine years old. After stopping eating meat and not buy anything that is not absolutely necessary, she changed her family too. Now they grow their own vegetables and use only solar power in their house(4). By then Greta was aware of the power her words held. This teen activist does not travel by plane due to their high carbon emissions. She actually sailed across the Atlantic to attend events in New York and traveled for 32 hours by train. All these shocking acts of a little girl leave no room for excuses but desperate actions from us.
If a child is trying to save the planet, it is time you, an adult, put your green caps on. Listen to what Greta is screaming; save the planet before it’s too late. Let Greta Thunberg’s quotes inspire you like it did millions around the globe because the time has come to change and act.
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