Greta Thunberg quotes, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has been taking the planet by storm. Here are just a few of her most inspiring quotes.
Greta Thunberg might only be 16 years old, but she has become famous all over the world for campaigning against climate change.
Here, we round up some of her most famous Greta Thunberg quotes from interviews, social media posts, and speeches.
Inspiring teen climate activist Greta Thunberg quotes
People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! – Greta Thunberg
The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say – we will never forgive you. – Greta Thunberg [UN Climate Summit, New York]
Many people say that Sweden is just a small country, and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I have learned you are never too small to make a difference. – Greta Thunberg
My message is that we’ll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. Yet I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. – Greta Thunberg [UN Summit in New York]
We deserve a safe future. And we demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask? – Greta Thunberg
Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago. – Greta Thunberg [COP24, Poland]
We need to get angry and understand what is at stake. And then we need to transform that anger into action and to stand together united and just never give up. – Greta Thunberg
We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable. – Greta Thunberg [UN Youth Climate Summit]
We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself. – Greta Thunberg
We are striking because we have done our homework, and they have not. – Greta Thunberg [Climate protest, Hamburg]
Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago. – Greta Thunberg
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
At first, when I heard about climate change, I was a climate denier. I didn’t think it was happening. Because if there really was an existential crisis like that, that would threaten our civilization, we wouldn’t be focusing on anything else.
I think it is insane that people are gathered here to talk about the climate and they arrive here in private jets.
I want you to act as if the house is on fire because it is. – Greta Thunberg
This ongoing irresponsible behavior will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.
We aren’t destroying the biosphere because we are selfish. We are doing it simply because we are unaware.
You must unite behind the science. You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option.
It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible.
The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything.
We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today.
You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.
Our house is falling apart and our leaders need to start acting accordingly because at the moment they are not. If our house was falling apart our leaders wouldn’t go on like we do today. If our house was falling apart, you wouldn’t hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and the environment. [European parliament]
When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!
I don’t really like being in the center of attention. I’m not used to that. All my life I have been like the invisible girl at the back that no one sees or listens to.
Humanity is now standing at a crossroads. We must now decide which path we want to take. How do we want the future living conditions for all living species to be like?
Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.
Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.
Why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly mean nothing to our society?
If you still say that we are wasting valuable lesson time, then let me remind you that our political leaders have wasted decades through denial and inaction.
I often talk to people who say, ‘No, we have to be hopeful and to inspire each other, and we can’t tell people too many negative things’ . . . But, no — we have to tell it like it is. Because if there are no positive things to tell, then what should we do, should we spread false hope? We can’t do that, we have to tell the truth.
For way too long the politicians and people in power have got away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and ecological crisis. But we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We will never stop fighting, we will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our futures and for the futures of our children and grandchildren.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a meeting … recounting some of her best quotes and inviting the activist onto the stage. Greta Thunberg quotes on climate change have inspired a generation of climate activists.