[Vision2020] "The Show is Over:" Greta Thunberg Statement 7-2-21 Austrian World Summit
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If only she was correct that the "Show is Over!" I am amazed that Thunberg
can get away with such confrontational yet so very true language?
Sometimes I think she is a "token" climate change activist, who is allowed
to speak on a world stage to offer propaganda "cover" to the powerful
interests who have no serious intention of transiftioning away from fossil
fuels and massive CO2 emissions. They can point to her movement as
"progress" and "openness" to solve the climate crisis? Thunberg must know
that this is one way she may be a "pawn" in the game? She is not the
manipulated naive fool some critics assume she is!
The show is over.. Tomorrow 150 weeks will have passed… | by Greta Thunberg
| Jul, 2021 | Medium
Austrian World Summit 2021 - Greta Thunberg Speech - YouTube
Text of Statement:
Tomorrow 150 weeks will have passed since we started to school strike for
the climate. During this time more and more people around the world have
woken up to the climate- and ecological crisis, putting more and more
pressure on you — the people in power.
Eventually the public pressure was too much, you had the world’s eyes on
you. So you started to act. Not acting as in taking climate action. But
acting as in roleplaying. Playing politics, playing with words, playing
with our future.
Pretending to take responsibility. Acting as saviors as you tried to
convince us that things are being taken care of, meanwhile the gap between
your rhetoric and reality keeps growing wider and wider. And since the
level of awareness is so low you almost get away with it.
But let’s be clear — what you are doing is not about climate action or
responding to an emergency. It never was. This is communication tactics
disguised as politics. You — especially leaders from high income nations —
are pretending to change and listen to the young people while you continue
pretty much exactly like before.
Pretending to take science seriously by saying “science is back” while
holding climate summits without even inviting a single climate scientist as
speaker. Pretending to wage war against fossil fuels while opening up brand
new coal-mines, oilfields and pipelines. You don’t only continue business
as usual as before, in many cases you are even speeding and scaling up the
Pretending to have the most ambitious climate policies while granting new
oil licenses, exploring future oilfields. Bragging about your so-called
ambitious climate commitments, which if you look holistically are vastly
insufficient, and then get caught not even trying to reach those targets.
Pretending to care about nature and biodiversity while the world is cutting
down a forest area the size of a football field every second. Pretending to
be a climate leader while locking in a future common agricultural policy
that will basically make the Paris Agreement impossible to reach.
Pretending that you will “build back better” after the pandemic even though
astronomical sums of money have already been locked in, and not in green
projects, whatever green means. The G7, as an example, is spending billions
more on fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure than on clean energy.
This you compensate with beautiful words and promises that someone in the
future will somehow undo your actions and make them ”net zero”. And when
your empty words are not enough, when the protests grow too loud — you
respond by making the protests illegal.
Of course we welcome all efforts to safeguard future and present living
conditions. And these distant net zero emissions targets could be a great
start, if they weren’t full of gaps and loopholes. Like leaving out
emissions from imported goods, international aviation and shipping, as well
as the burning of biomass, using baseline manipulation, excluding most
feedback loops and tipping points, ignoring the crucial global aspect of
equity and historic emissions as well as making these targets completely
relying on fantasy scaled, currently barely existing negative emissions
But as your acts continue, more and more of us are seeing through your
manuscripts and roleplaying. The gap between your actions and words is
becoming impossible to ignore. While more and more extreme weather events
are raging all around us.
As a result, young people all over this planet are no longer falling for
your lies. You are distancing yourselves further and further away from us
and from reality. Some years ago you could still claim that we were moving
in the right direction. Today, that is no longer possible. 2021 is
currently forecasted to be the year with the second highest emission rise
You say we need to move slowly to bring the public along. However, how do
you honestly expect to bring the people along if you don’t treat this
crisis like a crisis?
If it is one thing the pandemic has proven once and for all it is that the
climate- and ecological emergencies have never ever been treated as
The climate crisis is today — at best — being treated *only* as a business
opportunity to create green new jobs, new green businesses and technologies.
As the pandemic unfolded you did not say “this will benefit the face mask
manufacturing industry” or “this will create new jobs in healthcare and
hospitals”. Taking bold climate action will naturally bring many advantages
and benefits. Yet needless to say we will not be able to solve a crisis we
do not treat as a crisis and that we do not understand the magnitude of.
Perhaps playing a role helps you to sleep at night? Saying things just for
the sake of it — because the words are in your script. But while you are
busy working the stage, you seem to forget that the climate crisis is not
something distant in the future, it is already taking so much from the most
affected people in the most affected areas.
This might just be a game to you, a game to win votes, popularity, points
on the stock market or your next high paid position in a company or
lobbying firm. The ones who focus on the packaging rather than on the
actual content and the ones with the most beautiful speeches and the most
shortsighted likable policies wins.
You can — and will — of course choose to continue to play your parts, say
your lines, wear your costumes. You can and will continue to pretend. But
nature and physics will not fall for it. Nature and physics are not
entertained nor distracted by your theatre.
The audience has grown weary. The show is over.
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