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16 Year Old Activist Blasts Billionaires At Davos Over Climate Change

Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who recently had the opportunity to speak at the Wold Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

…And speak she did.

Addressing the crowd of global elites who gather every year in the Swiss resort town to decide which of us they’ll harvest for platelets to add to their immortality baths, Thunberg showed nerves of steel to look the gathered billionaires and tycoons in their eyes and tell them, in no uncertain terms, that it is their greed, above all else, that is destroying the planet.

Despite her powerful audience the diminutive Thunberg did not mince words:

“Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we all have created but that’s not true. Because if everyone is guilty, then no one is to blame and someone is to blame. 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.

Thunberg’s point was that it’s for too easy to frame climate change as a problem caused by the masses, with no easy solution, when, in reality, it’s a problem caused by the global elite who sit at the top of the massive corporations which are both the worst environmental offenders and who have been most active in blocking measures to protect the planet from further harm in order to protect their profits instead.

In additional remarks Thunberg said:

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house were on fire. Because it is.”

Many adults found the teenage activists words (and delivery) incredibly inspiring.

According to NPR Thunberg’s words have inspired other protests from young people around Europe who have been staging walkouts and marches on Fridays under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.

The full text of Thunberg’s remarks can be read here.