16 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg at the U.N.

  1. 4theRecord says:

    “President Donald Trump delivered an utterly spiritless speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, a speech aimed entirely at a domestic audience, touting nationalism and thick borders as the solutions to all problems, lacking even the pretense of fealty to the principles or worth of international organizations such as the one he was addressing.
    “The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” he said early on. “Liberty is only preserved, sovereignty is only secured, democracy is only sustained, greatness is only realized by the devotion of patriots,” he said toward the end, adding, “When our nations are greater, our futures will be brighter.” The path to peace and freedom “begins at home.”
    He said nothing about the role that alliances, coalitions, or the United Nations itself might play in laying or protecting that path. He mentioned America’s traditional allies only once, to complain—as he has on many occasions—that they aren’t paying “their fare share of the tremendous defense burden.”
    In return, the speech drew no applause from the gathering of world leaders, except for a tepid round at its conclusion. Trump didn’t seem to mind.”

    • nicknielsensc says:

      I was stuck at Firestone for the early moments of that speech and was glad to escape. His presentation was almost wooden, as if he would lose his place if he looked away from the teleprompter. There’s not a doubt in my mind he would much rather have deviated from Miller’s script, but knew better than to do so lest he prompt further laughter.

  2. Jeanne d'Arc says:

    Greta Thunberg: Grown-ups mock us because world view threatened. Thunberg responds to critics, says her message to all politicians is the same: ‘Just listen and act on the science.’
    When asked about US President Donald Trump and others who have mocked her, the 16-year-old activist said they likely feel their world view and interests are being threatened by the climate activism of herself and others.
    “That we should take as compliment that we are having so much impact that people want to silence us,” she said at a rally in Montreal after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We’ve become too loud for people to handle, so people want to silence us.”

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglass (August 3, 1857) https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/1857-frederick-douglass-if-there-no-struggle-there-no-progress/

  3. Semper Fi, Mac says:

    “Following climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s scathing address to world leaders at the United Nations on Monday, former top military officials have called for President Donald Trump to treat the issue as a major national security threat.
    Sixty-four former senior military and intelligence leaders have endorsed the Climate Security Plan for America issued on Tuesday by the Center for Climate and Security and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
    “In this context of unprecedented risk and unprecedented foresight, the President has a responsibility to prepare the nation for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, and a responsibility to prevent future security scenarios that impose catastrophic consequences,” the plan [link] reads.
    The proposal calls for Trump to create a new White House Office on Climate Security and promote new climate leadership roles in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
    In 2017, the Trump administration removed climate change from the list of threats and instead placed it under a section on “embracing” energy dominance. The administration’s National Security Strategy assigns greater importance to border control and the global economy.”

    • Mike says:

      “A Climate Security Plan for America : A Presidential Plan for Combating the Security Risks of Climate Change” (The Climate and Security Advisory Group 2019) https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/a-climate-security-plan-for-america_2019_9_24-1.pdf
      The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) is a voluntary, non-partisan group of U.S.-based military, national security, homeland security, intelligence and foreign policy experts from a broad range of institutions. The CSAG is chaired by the Center for Climate and Security in partnership with the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. See page 5 for a full list of signatories of this document. Organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

  4. Once upon a time... says:

    “How the Climate Kids Are Short-Circuiting Right-Wing Media : Young people like Greta Thunberg are participating in the culture wars while also managing to float above the fray.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/opinion/climate-change-greta-thunberg.html

    “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
    Mario Savio (on the steps of Sproul Hall at the University of California, Berkeley. December 2, 1964) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz7KLSOJaTE

  5. Talk's cheap says:

    “A UN panel said it could not immediately rule on a complaint by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and others that inaction on climate change constitutes a violation of children’s rights. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/un-cant-rule-on-climate-case-brought-by-greta-thunberg
    The committee, made up of 18 independent human rights experts, said on Monday it found a “sufficient causal link” between the harm allegedly suffered by children and the omissions of five states.
    However, it accepted the countries’ argument that the children should have brought their case to national courts first.
    “You were successful on some aspects but not on others,” the committee told the youth activists in a letter, in which it saluted their “courage and determination”.
    “We hope that you will be empowered by the positive aspects of this decision, and that you will continue to act in your own countries and regions and internationally to fight for justice on climate change,” it said.
    The complaint was filed in 2019 with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by 15 activists, aged between eight and 17 at the time, from 12 countries. It argued France, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, and Argentina had known about the risk of climate change for decades but failed to curb their carbon emissions.”

  6. GRRRL says:

    Greta Thunberg: Sometimes you need to anger people, says activist (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59110122
    The 18-year-old was surrounded by police, media and activists when she arrived for the climate change summit in Glasgow by train on Saturday evening.
    She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show people needed to demonstrate “massive public pressure” on politicians to ensure they did enough to reduce carbon emissions.
    “Turbulent arrival for Greta Thunberg in Glasgow for COP26” (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t47lzFpQj4

  7. Jean d'Aulon says:

    Greta Thunberg joined a panel of climate activists in Davos, to debate the environmental crisis with the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. To open the discussion, Thunberg told the audience it is ‘absurd’ that in Davos ‘we are listening to the people who are mainly causing the climate crisis, rather than those on the frontline.’ She explained, ‘we are being bombarded by messages by these people, those responsible for the destruction of the planet’.

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