Greta Thunberg – Inspiring Others to Take a Stand Against Climate Change | The Daily Show


Welcome to The Daily Show. -Thank you so much.
-And welcome to New York City. You came here
on a zero-emissions boat, and part of me thinks that’s
because you love the climate; the other part of me wonders if that’s just
your Viking heritage. -(laughter)
-Maybe it is. -It might be?
-Yeah. Tell me why you did that. Why didn’t you fly
to New York City to come and, you know, speak
at the U.N. and-and, you know, inspire people to move forward
in the climate change movement? I did it because I have,
since a few years, stopped flying
because of the enormous impact aviation has on the climate,
uh, individually. And, um, just to make a stand. And, uh, I am one of
the very few people in the world who can actually do such a trip, so I thought, why not? Wow. (applause, cheering) Wow. I, uh… I mean, I know
I wouldn’t do that as a kid, -and I wouldn’t do it now. Um…
-(laughter) But what-what is inspiring
is your determination, and what’s inspiring
is that it doesn’t just affect other young people. It started to effect
older generations in Sweden, in Germany. People are starting to call it
“The Greta Effect,” where people are taking
more trains– since you started
this movement– they’ve said they feel ashamed to fly unnecessarily
in Europe. Your mom is an opera singer
and she stopped flying, which means she couldn’t perform
the way she used to. Do you sometimes feel bad
that she can’t perform, or are you more excited
that she’s not part of, I guess, polluting the planet? I don’t care, honestly,
about how she performs. -She…
-(laughter) She… (laughter and applause) She’s… She’s doing
musicals now, so, I mean,
she had to change career, but it wasn’t that big. (laughter) And the planet is the most
important thing for you. Yeah. I mean, for all of us,
I think it should be. Why… (applause) Why do you think… Why do you think young people are so focused
on climate change now? There’s a definite, uh,
disconnect between older generations
and younger generations when talking about the climate. Why do think that is? I mean, I think it is
because we, in a way, feel like it is more
a direct threat. Others feel like, “I won’t be alive then,
anyway, so screw it.” But we…
But we, we actually know that these consequences will face us during
our lifetime, and it is already
happening now. And it will get worse. And, uh, so I think
that is why so many young people,
especially, care about this. And, uh, and, of course, the awareness is not
as it needs to be, it’s not as much
as it needs to be. People are still very unaware,
it’s my experience. And, uh, so we need to continue, but you can see
that among young people the concern is bigger. What do you think people need
to learn about climate change? Many people have heard
of the climate warming up. Some people have a small
understanding of what it means, but what do you think is lacking in the understanding
of this issue? I think pretty much everything
because, I mean, we know that something is wrong,
that the planet is warming because of increased
greenhouse gas emissions, and that might lead to– that the ice caps will melt, and the global temperature
will rise, and there will be more extreme
weather events and so on. But they-they don’t understand how severe
this crisis actually is, and it is because
they have not been informed. Um, I mean, we are right now
in the beginning of the sixth max–
mass extinction, and, uh, people don’t know
these things. Up to 200 species go extinct every single day, and, uh, people don’t even know that we have… For a 67% chance of limiting the global temperature rise
to 1.5 degrees, we had, on January 1, 2018, 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide
left to emit to stay within that target, and now we’re already down
to less than 360. If we continue at the same
emission level as now, we have less
than eight and a half years until that budget is gone according to the IPCC
from the SR15 report. And that is for a 67% chance. Wow. And, um… Wow. 67% chance, and we’re not even hitting
those targets. What do you think
people could do, and what do you think
governments should be doing? I think people should do…
should do everything, but I think right now, if I were to choose one thing
everyone would do, it would be to…
to inform yourself and to try to understand
the situation and try to-to push
for a political movement that doesn’t exist because the politics needed
to… to fix this -doesn’t exist today.
-Mm-hmm. Um, so, I think what
we should do as individuals is to use the power
of democracy that… to make our voices heard and to make sure that…
that the people in power actually cannot continue
to ignore this. That’s powerful. -(cheering and applause)
-Wow. Do you… Do you feel a difference
in the conversation traveling from Sweden to, um, America? Is-is there a different feeling
around climate change? Uh, I would say yes. Um, because, here, it’s… it feels like it is being
discussed as something you– whether you believe in
or not believe in. -(chuckling, applause)
-And, uh… where I come from, where I come from,
it’s more like… it’s a fact. -And…
-(cheering and applause) So then I-I have
to ask you this. You sail from Europe
to New York City. Um… New York City is, um, quite an assault on the senses, um, when you come
from anywhere else. What is the biggest thing
that has stuck out to you in New York City? Uh, I mean, just everything. All the impressions. Everything is so much,
so big, so loud. -And, uh…
-(laughter) people talk so loud here
as well. And, uh, because– when you are on that boat, when I was on that boat, there is nothing. There’s just the ocean and, uh, of course,
the sound of the waves crashing. -But that’s it.
-Mm-hmm. No-no smells. (laughter) -A-Apart from sweat, but…
-(chuckles) Right. So, I remember
the first thing I noticed when I… when I–
when we came into the harbor was I woke up and, suddenly, it smelled something. And, of course,
it-it was pollution. But it’s still something. And that… and that was… It was i… -undescribable, to…
-(laughter) to-to go
from this extreme environment. -You’re disconnected from
everything and everyone. -Right. You only have yourself
and the ocean and the boat, of course, um, to New York. That is a-an accurate
and brilliant description of New York. It is undescribable
and it smells. (laughter, applause) -Yeah.
-I think that is fantastic. -(cheering and applause)
-I’m excited for your journey. I can’t wait to see
what else you’re gonna do. -Thank you for making time
for us. -Thank you. The next global climate strike
will be on Friday, September 20. To find or register
your local strike, go to FridaysForFuture.org. Greta Thunberg, everybody.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Very tiring, one. Lefty piece of shit after another ,with no lack of moronic braindeath following, this is just two pieces of shit.

  2. Dude wtf she had to fly a sailing team in to NY take her back to Sweden and!!!! Fly the sailing team the took her to NY back to Sweden. The hypocrisy is mind boggling!!!

  3. In South Africa we haven't had "normal" rainfall since 2013 and nobody seems to be worried that we're running out of water.

  4. Put that retard – well, both of them, to work in Nigeria building coal plants to help people live the life these greedy parasites take for granted.

  5. Psychopath, her parents should be sentenced for raising one
    Do you remember science's panic about dissapearing Ozone?

  6. Yeah educate yourself, and find out 200 species lost per day???? But we can't name more then 801 lost species since the year 1500. I would say start educate yourself and find out how scientist come up with there numbers, don't just copy them.

  7. I should have known that the Trevor Noah fans would be of the most conforming and retarded toward the higher taxes to protect the nothing to do with climate crowd

  8. Well while in the U.S. and god forbid your mother/father is dying of an illness in Europe and every minute counts. Inspire us and dont fly to them for your strong beliefs.

  9. Everytime she uses the shower, uses electricity, uses the train, vehicles, internet, etc.. she's polluting the environment.. this is all agenda filled bullshit..

  10. Because there is nothing to talk except from climate change. Everybody has to hold their attention in some controversial topics like overpopulation, terrorism or climate changes.
    In my opinion somebody used her voise to say his own ideas. The reason is that when kids or young teenagers speeks it is more emotional and lon lasting impact rather then normal.

  11. You know, as much as people make fun of her, I think that she still was very brave to face things on her own, at 16. Yes, climate change is currently a very big thing to talk about and everyone has their own opinion. (-Yes, it's real.- No, it's not.- Neutral.) But like although I don't agree with her fully, kudos to her for expressing her opinion in such a TOXIC world. Hey, at least she's fighting for something she cares about. For a cause. Maybe we don't really understand it here, from the sidelines, but she does. Thanks for attending my Tedtalk

  12. Too bad none of this matters because its too late for global warming to be reversed. Nice try Greta, but we’re already dead.

  13. Watch this kid dancing for the environment the wooden dance awards short film https://youtu.be/j3-Z_DavQeA

  14. Poor girl, When u reach 30 you'd know it might be easier to create artificial Carbon absorbers then changing world's opinions…

  15. Fucking stop taking everything she says as a stupid joke to amuse your stupid minds..
    This is the first time i ever listen to her, and the stupid audience won't fucking shut their mouth and just hear what she has to say..

  16. And Im sure she is aware that Battery Park and beyond is built off trash. I love NYC and upstate still holds some beautiful, pristine condition but climate changes "they are a changing" those conditions. 😢🤧😷

  17. This girl is dark, she lives in her own world. People behind her are making tons of money out of her exaggerated fear and antisocial disorder. there are people especially girls who live on real panic, Greta is not one of them.

  18. Her brain is not completely developed, she is growing into adulthood, she is a teenager just like other teenagers who think they know it all. Her disorder tends to develop obsessions about a certain topics. Trevor, your show has diminished its quality and credibility. on a boat? how long does the boat takes from Europe to America? LIAR

  19. what a way to get ratings. The daily show has about the same amount of intelligence of this child. grooming a child for ratings. fuck off.

  20. So how would people fly from one country to another for conferences, for jobs, for other reasons helpful in serving or saving the world in one way or the other?

  21. Trevor, if you believe in zero emmision, then why don't you switch off your air conditioners, lights and even your show as that causes high emissions.

  22. People say her parents are using her, but she's clearly done her research, her parents may have put her up to her going global but she did this herself

  23. This girl is a freak of nature and must be stoped. Never the less, her face and image represents well our world nowadays: Crazy, sick, brain washed and with special needs like more education and less ignorance. Only the people behind her and controling her are more disgusting then her.

  24. I feel for the girl and im worried about climate change and all, but i definitely feel like she is being used in many ways by her parents and media. We don't have to abuse a 16 year old autistic girl like this to make people care, we need actual climate scientists researching viable solutions to fossile fuels emissions, food production and deforestation.

    This girl missing her special education, social life, teenage years all to a cause that's already being taken seriously by the west (Trump and Co may deny CC but the US has lowered it's total emissions by 3% since 2016.

    China, India, Russia and Africa are all increasing their polution faster than the west can feasibly lower them. Until their economy is stable it will continue to do so until new technology is invented, which will only happen if we have LESS activist who talk about change, and more scientists/politicians actually doing something about it.

    We don't need your childhood Greta, we need your educated adult competance. Going down this road will make her irrelevant in a few years, by then the damage in her life is already done.

    Long rant sorry but since we struggle with the same autistic syndrome it's hard for me to see her being treated like this. This is my opinion take it as such, if you want to hate go ahead but don't expect me to waste my time on silly replies.

  25. I get she is talking from honest point and pure heart. But someone should put some fact to her. First of, China, India and a lot of highly populated states want to live their life at the same quality as she can back home, or in America or in most Europe. Let her tell them that they should suffer even more in poverty and without jobs. They shouldnt use kids like this… Btw look at her family, her mom is super wierd opera singer and her dad was raging about enviroment a looong time ago. As i said, i guess she speaks from her heart, but someone needs to inform her before they drop the mic into her hands. Now she is forever marked. Gg.

  26. You should talk from NASA to get President Trump out of the globe.

    Pollution will go immediately from the ground

  27. Our house is on fire,how dare you think otherwise, how dare you, how dare you. Oh after listening to a forceful rhetorical push from a toddling climate activist, l am weary about sanity. Happy Greta

  28. Wow you motherfuckers are dumb as FUCK! 🤭🤣😂😅
    You people think this shit is real? One asshole replied to another, "She's brilliant! We need to do exactly what she says!" OMFG! 🤣😄😁
    K.I.L.L.I.I.N. ME!😅

  29. She’s a passionate child who memorized her mother’s ideology…

    Why are we treating her like a prodigy?

    Millennials grew up with Captain Planet. We’re well aware of the issue.

    There are a great minds with clear and specific solutions out there. Give them the platform. Inspire action.

    Instead, the left prefers whine and complain while placing blame on imaginary enemies. It’s intellectually paralyzing.

    It’s also what’s holding us back from uniting as humans and handling this issue together.

    Trevor is a smart guy. Which is why segments like this disappoint me even more.

  30. Greta is an underage human shield used by the globalists to pocket your money. And there are suckers falling for it.

  31. She is right, but comparing strike or demonstration, why not start from ourselves? Save paper, save water, buy a smaller car

  32. to much focus on climate and not enough on ocean acidification which is way more harmful to the environment and human race. She is not talking about this and the fact she is not clearly shows she hasn't done the amount of research she claims to have done.

  33. Well according to reports if every person on this earth starts consuming earth's resources like Swedish people do than the whole world would be needing at least 5 earths!!!!And despite of having a population of 1.3 billion aprox,,,if world starts consuming earth's resources like we Indians do than the world would be needing 0.5 earth….Its a fact…So on that basis why not in the first place Greta ask her Swedish Government that how dare they????

  34. dropping flying (understatement) is not exactly the solution. Rationalizing and planning the air transport makes more sense. Within Europe, within East Coast etc.. train is the option but transatlantics and long haul flights can't be replaced. They can be re-scheduled, and for this, the fierce competition between airlines is one of the huge problems!! Some carriers anyway kill each other by flying the same routes against all logic. Just study the London-NYC schedules to the least, or Frankfurt to NYC. Not to mention 8 times a day UAE (combining Dubai/Abu Dhabi) to Australia vs 4 times a day Qatar to Australia as a single example. Unfortunately, the huge amounts of investments involved is sooooo heavy that the decisions won't be for today or tomorrow.

  35. If she was in a really bad condition in a hospital and needed a transportation as an airplane to go to a different hospital would she take a ship?

  36. This is the most important issue we need to address, how are people allowed to deny science and play dumb about such an existential crisis?

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