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 Greta Thunberg, everybody.

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

  • Here’s my commute to work, I’m even creating a channel. If you’re in the Detroit area, send me your route!

  • This human seem to be very self-centered. The only reason climate change is a problem is if it kills us before we have invented AI capable of evolution. However, I believe we have plenty of time. When that is done there is no problem at all as it will not require the current atmosphere.

  • Haha Good job Noah ya mullion POS, it amazes me how the Left just pimps kids. It is as bad as how Hollywood keeps molesting children, but then more than half of them are either queer or perverts. Which is almost one in the same, but one touches little boys and one touches little girls. She takes a boat, then the crew flies back causing waaaaay more emissions. Good one Left, as if those of us who aren't stupid wouldn't figure that out. Oh yeah five countries she whines at, no China tho? Go read a pie chart, they lead in pollution. Man any of you who are inspired by the Left pimping this little girl, ya'll are pimps too then.

  • She did not inspire me…

    In my world environment is God…..and in history of India… Inspire me.. chipko andolan is biggest inspiration for me

  • The more I watch and listen to Greta the more I love her. She is smart and has knowledge to answer questions clearly. She is very charming too. Her family should be very proud of her.

  • I know now why so many none americans love me. Because most of them are not stupid. Just like me. So we get along. Huh.

  • What she kept repeating is up in the sky and what people really need to do is plant trees, garbage classification, use public vehicles more often, stop using plastic bag, stop using disposable product, those things down to the land, those things that can actually help the environment if everyone does. She said that she wants government to hear the sound, but the result we really need is that government take action after they hear the sound, however, we can skip the first step and directly take actions by every single one’s self.

  • A vassal to george soros whos childhood was ruined and had to travel in a emmision friendly yacht to new york so sorry greta I did not know you have it so hard, I guess its safe to say to the malnurishes children workers in third world countries that they have it easy.

  • No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and diverse. People in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden. Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty.

  • Zero emissions boat that was made of angel farts, meaning there was no waste when it was built which is bullshit. This kid should care how her mother performs, it’s how the food makes it to the table…or has she stopped eating too, so that she won’t shit and pollute the planet.

  • SHe is gonna fly back to Sweden and people had to fly to pick up that boat. so more emissions were made by taking that dumb boat then if she would have just flown.

  • I wish people really concentrated on science when it comes to climate change. The global warming fiasco is just one more way that the rich countries could suck money out of third world country.

  • Water vapor has more affect on the earth warming. Than CO2, but you didn’t know that. CO2 actually helps the ecosystem. Helps the plants to grow.( science proves this). Pollution can be toxic, but it’s not the main cause for climate change. May not even be the second main or the third, fourth…

  • You're all fools if you believe that a 16 year old girl should speak about our future.. she's an ACTRESS as her parents and grandparents just look it up at her profile at IMDB for fucksake can you be that stupid?? There's this German bitch backing her wherever she goes named luisa- marie neubauer and mist important there was a meeting in my city Rio de janeiro in 1992 called " Rio 92" where THEY ALREADY USED THE SAME TECHNIQUE BY USING A LITTLE FRAGILE GIRL they just repeat the modus operandi over and over again here is the video

  • Little girl, no one cares what you day or think. You’re irrelevant and clearly live a privileged life. You talk about how others need to change and stop using fossil fields. Meanwhile you’re flying around private jets. If you want things to change, then the change starts with the individual. You should put your money where your mouth is and appeared to give you speech via some kid of live connection. Instead of flying across the ocean for you to pretend you know what you’re talking about. They’ve stolen your childhood and dreams? You’re words are mind numbingly stupid . African kids having to like for diamonds or being made into human soldiers. Nope their childhood or dreams are stolen if they’ve even had the luxury to dream because they’re so focused on surviving. Children being married and trafficked where they’ve never seen again and the majority of the time no remains are ever found. When these politicians are diddling them. Haven’t been caught and completely ignored by the left. Which in some circles are trying to legalize pedophilia. (Which for the record I’m not a republican or democrat or even a libertarian. I’m stating these days your kind turn actual problems into a matter of someone being bigoted or disliking things and people because they’re different, instead of the actual issues.) nope their childhood and dreams weren’t stolen. Children in central and South America, who live in cartel run and deal with situations on a daily that most others in this world or has ever seen. Where joining carrots is the only way to survive because every system in place that they have is their countries have been corrupted by the cartel. Seeing things comparable to a veteran of war. Nope their childhood isn’t stolen. Spoiled, melodramatic white girl who comes from an extremely privileged life. Was born into old money and you’ve had famous people (at least in your country) in your family . Such as your grandfather. Who has never seen struggle or had to want for anything. Who is being used as a pawn you try and make things into an issue of morality and pull at the heart strings of people instead of actually proving what you claim to believe. When in reality the science is not even out or crystal clear. Who constantly panders at there saying their not doing enough and that these governments are doing enough. While at the same time you do absolutely nothing to try and change things or improve them. You speak hollow words and unproven ideals while wagging your finger at the world for not doing what you want. Yep her drams and childhood have been stolen and her hope dwindling. She just understands the struggle and plight of the world. Ridiculous. You remind me of Al Gore. Which in 2008 claimed the science was out and crystal clear. And said if drastic changes weren’t implemented immediately that all the ice caps would entirely be melted within 5 years. Mean while he’s profiting off the hysteria and lining his pockets. Not having to have a burden of proof because he like you and AOC and other people do and run it into an issue where you don’t have to prove anything. That if people don’t blindly follow they’re bad and immoral people. Yep your dreams and childhood have been stolen. You are an ignorant little girl who is literally the definition of “white privilege” if there ever was one . And I’m not the type to say climate change isn’t happening. If you look at this world and if you had the slightest bit of knowledge on history you would see climate change happening constantly. Even before us and our use of fossil fuels or co2 Emissions. How many ice ages have happened? How many times has it heated up? Yes climate change is happening. That’s undeniable. It is fact. But the the park that isn’t proven is the so called “crystal clear science”. You and people like you are the ones that have the burden of proof and have to link the climate changes solely on humanity. You are the ones that have to prove it is indeed changing because of co2 emissions and that the climate change is not just an environment cycle the world goes tru constantly and consistently without the contributors of humanity and our co2 emissions. Which yuh can not do. You are an absurd little girl and you’re ideals irrelevant until you can prove that climate change is due to men and co2 emissions and not just a naturally occurring event. Like I stated earlier. Which history tells us t is a natural cycle in this earth for climate to change. And if yuh knew about history you’d see how drastic the changes have been again before the contributors of humanity. You don’t need to prove climate change is happening. You have to prove that it’s humanity. Or yuh have to prove the date at which humanity has increased t. Which you are unable to do. In order to prove these things we would have to have information and documentation of the words spanning back thousands of years and the fact is we don’t have that information or documentation. So every you and others push is pure speculation. Your acting is terrible and either you don’t actually believe the things you say or that you do and are just an ignorant hypocrite. Which is it? And either way, i’ll throw this back at in your own words. “How dare you”.

  • This is all staged, i am not buying it.

    Fool me once SHAME on you , fool me twice SHAME on me.

    Where is the factual evidences?
    She is just spewing figures from politically and financially driven agendas.
    Remember it used to be called ”GLOBAL WARMING” now it’s called ”CLIMATE CHANGE”.

    CO2 is something living mammals exhale, whereas plants take in CO2 and give out o2.

    This girl is a joke put forward by the global elites.


    Greta Thunberg HOW DARE YOU!!
    Her parents HOW DARE YOU!!!
    Global Elites HOW DARE YOU!!!
    Her handlers and sponsors HOW DARE YOU!!!


    Do some research into this girls background and which companys are sponsoring her and you’ll find the usual suspects. Bill and Melinda Gates, George Soros.


  • Oh, I am sure the climate will improve if we take a stand against bad change. All we have to do is to demand from others that they do something. Welcome to Magical Entitlement Thinking !

  • She's a hypocritical puppet.
    She used 5 plane tickets to cole by boat.
    And did you notice Luisa-Marie Neubauer never far from her ? ( George Soros close circule).
    Don't become puppets too.

  • This is the perfect pair.
    A guy who speaks things he has no idea about and a girl who speaks things she was taught to say.

  • How about they stop intentionally destroying our climate and stop messing with our weather and acting g as if we are fools who don't see what they are doing. The charm trails are tight in our faces.

  • I get that she has a lot of great knowledge to spread and will take our generation somewhere, but with all due respect, she isn't very humble, if you know what I mean, and that could possibly be her downfall but idk lol this is just what I think

  • Wow nice way to skip school…. All the blacks kids in American must be like damn why did we not think of this before Greta.. Get famous without actually doing any work…

  • this is such a hoax and that girl is be disingenuous. did you see the $million boat she rode on with an entire crew? what does she think that boat is made of? and all the stuff in it? she's a rich little spoiled brat who feels empowered to lecture others about money. is she sells her little fairy tale to the Chinese then maybe, just maybe…

  • Young people, I feel, have to stand up not only for reversal of Climate Change but also for elimination of whole lot of problems created by human society. My book "Heaven Descends on Our Earth" tells the story of a youth revolution to transform the world into a blissful place.

  • She just memorized all she has to say without fully comprehending. Ahhh those adultts using a kid to get money at her expense.

  • I'm starting to think people who press the dislike button to this didn't watch the video. There's no way you watch this and say you disagree without being inauthentic.✌✌✌#ClimateChangeisFACT

  • Even if america turns into a 0 emissions country, there are places like india and china that burn trash for fuel and use the oceans as their dumps. Shes talking to the wrong people

  • Came here on a zero emissions boat. But did you know, the entire crew of her boat had to be flown back to their home countries? Which has more carbon? Her one way ticket to USA or a dozen one ways back home? Hypocrite.

  • According to Greta Thunberg, "Up to 200 species go extinct every day"…the figure is actually 150 and that's actually false. I think it's really important to know the facts here because this is just posturing for attention.
    It's fake news, literally.

    The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which involved more than a thousand experts, estimated an extinction rate that was later calculated at up to 8,700 species a year, or 24 a day. More recently, scientists at the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity concluded that: “Every day, up to 150 species are lost.” That could be as much as 10 percent a decade.

    But nobody knows whether such estimates are anywhere close to reality. They are based on computer modeling, and documented losses are tiny by comparison. Only about 800 extinctions have been documented in the past 400 years, according to data held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Out of some 1.9 million recorded current or recent species on the planet, that represents less than a tenth of one percent.

    Nor is there much documented evidence of accelerating loss. In its latest update, released in June, the IUCN reported “no new extinctions,” although last year it reported the loss of an earwig on the island of St. Helena and a Malaysian snail. And some species once thought extinct have turned out to be still around, like the Guadalupe fur seal, which “died out” a century ago, but now numbers over 20,000.

    Moreover, the majority of documented extinctions have been on small islands, where species with small gene pools have usually succumbed to human hunters. That may be an ecological tragedy for the islands concerned, but most species live in continental areas and, ecologists agree, are unlikely to prove so vulnerable.


  • If all the people started sailing across the world in boats. That is surely going to change the water chemistry of the sea and oceans. Not so pro "Climate Action" after all. 🙄

  • Poor young girl seeking the love from her parents…….but only getting used by her own parents. The young mind seeks a means to badmouth others and enter into the path of replacement of others. But climate change is not creating a mass extinction.
    What we are seeing is a mass extinction of intelligent children who cannot be brainwashed by a greedy government !!!

  • Poor child just keeps doing what they tell her to. Look up her
    connection to Al Gore. Being autistic, she'd be more believable if she
    were campaigning to stop vaccination, because it has been proven beyond
    any reasonable doubt that vaccines cause autism along with many, many
    other horrible health problems.

  • I personally have stopped flying stopped using cars stopped going to the supermarket to buy fruits and vegetables started growing the myself or collecting them it's very easy to do reduced my electricity use even those most modern coal plants which most of electricity is produced from worldwide only a mission is steam there are still a few out-of-date ones that still produce bad stuff I have stop buying and using plastic products but I'm setting you can think of better and more ideas to do but until you start doing them no change is possible and the protesting the government is a waste of time they are not responsible for your actions and they cannot stop your actions one person cannot make a change but it takes somebody to start so stop complaining and start and they have recyclable plastic now there's really no excuse apart from you just don't care and like saying you do care because it makes you feel better about yourself and faceit that's what most environmental is are self indulgent assholes prove me wrong I dear you

  • Some comments are ridiculous. Their pointing on China or India, while the USA is the second biggest emitter of CO2 and btw. by each head the USA is a lot higher than China and India together…together!

    So yes, China is the biggest emitter of the world, but it has 4 times more people in it and China has such a huge emition of CO2 because everthing ( or everyone let) is produced in china (for other countries).

    So the USA is really the last country which can say, someone else should start before. Beside the fact China is pushing Renewable Energy more than the USA

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