Greta Thunberg’s Wakes Up the U.N.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City yesterday justifying her outrage by pointing out that science has been proving theories of climate change for 30 years. 

The young girl’s speech shook the walls of the summit, pointing out that even if the world’s emissions were cut barely in half over the next ten years that only gives a 50% chance of keeping global warming down to 1.5 degrees Celsius. She openly accused the world’s leaders, “How dare you?” For coming to her generations for answers they have no motivation to solve before it’s out of control. 

Greta is a Swedish high schooler that is affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition related closely to autism by with higher functioning. Her condition does not affect her passion to saving the planet with her words. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” The growth instead is the climate change that will soon be uncontrollable, Greta is certain if the world is only cut 50% instead of 67% there will be setting off irreversible chain reactions. 

The words “failing us” are in short of what Greta tries to point out in her speech. The world leaders have the power, from her, their effort is unacceptable and does not want her generation to face the consequences from their actions.

By the end of the day, Greta’s speech had turned the minds of 65 countries into announcing their new efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2020. 


  1. Good quotes and organization, Kristine, though the longer grafs need to be broken up. I’ve said one idea to a graf regularly. Similarly, you will usually have just one quote to a graf.

    Make sure you proofread.

    Last Graf: There doesn’t seem to be the evidence for a cause and effect relationship.