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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

  1. I don’t even know what to say anymore, in all honesty I feel so many (not all) Americans have become numb or uncaring for the world around us. Climate Change is real and while it won’t effect the Earth permanently it will effect the future of ALL humans. I think that even I, myself have gotten used to all the bs I see within our society and in all honesty it’s sad. I may be only 15 but I’m paying attention and I’m learning. I want Americans to see we have a right to want to change things within our communities, states, and nation.I get not all will agree with me and I would love to hear other perspectives.

  2. Smh. Poor brainwashed child. It’s shameful how her parents and the rest of the gullible warming hysteria minded clowns have manipulated her. In 20 years when she realizes she was tricked, I hope she takes this same zeal to out and condemn those global warming zealots who have taken advantage of her and the rest of the youth.

  3. Greta didn't mention this, and I hope she's aware, but humans aren't the sole cause of global warming. We have just, most noticeably since the Industrial Revolution, increased the global cooling/warming cycle at such a drastic rate that living things can hardly (if at all) adapt to the change in heat. Still as serious as she says, of course. She did a great job here

  4. The crowd really shoulda read the conversation better and just shut up. She wasnt asking for claps or laughs to constantly break up her train of thought

  5. Hey kid . Go to hell you idiot. Try learning about real science. Real solar physics, astrophysics you idiot. Real laws of paleoclimatolgy you asssssswipewippppe. Yo fo euro trash price of crapolacrap. Get out of my country crapppola caraoheassddd. Fuvgugckkk off. Learn about space science aher awhile. Aholewhole. Learn about the laws of entropy geat singks thermodynamics you vreapgesd. L

  6. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🔥😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂👌👌🏽👌🏼👌🏼👌🏿👌🏿👌👌🏽👌🏻👌🏼👌🏾👌🏿👌👌🏽👌🏼👌🏼👌🏾👌🏿👌🤬👌🏻👌🏼👌🏾👌🏿👌🤬👌🏻👌🏼👌🏾👌🏿

  7. Greta can only tell the Truth.. and she is spot on what she is Ponting out to us so please listen and learn everyone.. Bravo Greta 💕🍃🌍🍃✌💕

  8. This is a serious issue. This isn't something to laugh about. I love you Greta and thank you for being so mature about everything.

  9. To me there is no diverents between young people than and young people now. I was screaming out of my window that people should stop driving cars. 2 weeks later somebody from my village took his bicycle and went with it to africa.

  10. When are the sheeple going to realize that we cannot do a thing about climate change? Yes, please stop polluting, using plastic, and drying up Earths gifts and resources, but climate change is inevitable. It’s caused by the wobble effect of the rotations, the poles are slightly changing, increasing yearly. It’s happened once and it’ll keep happening. It’s simple science. Climate change is another scam for people to take your donations. Give to something more worthy, like the cleanup of the mess we DID MAKE.

  11. S T O P. R a P E I N G. B a b I E S
    They aren't afraid because they got beef with me // they're afraid because they are legit subject for the death penalty// they've murder schools of kids/for fun and spite// that's why they destroyed the hard drive / it had them on video saying the planet to murder children in New York/// exactly / it's happening , they just hidden now//

  12. Because young people will be in middle age when the shit hits the fan harder in 2050. That is why they are fighting now. As we should have fought 30 years ago when the news about this broke.

  13. Can you imagine being a teenager talking to a famous adult man, on TV, in a second language, about something this sensitive, when you have Asperger's, and STILL being this articulate?

  14. When she pointed out that in america it's a debate whether or not global warming is real or not I just sighed… because it's true and people can be idiots

  15. I believe in climate change, therefore I'm morally pure, but more importantly I'm a narcissitic attention seeker and wanna be tyrannical dictator serving as a useful idiot for my elitist handlers. Please everyone, embrace me and give me praise and applause. Thank you.

  16. Greta is my hero! I just got her book, No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference. Great read, inspiring & makes me want to get more involved. I'll be in the streets on Friday!

  17. TO THE DENIERS: When the water is all dried up, saline, or polluted; when the food cannot be grown; when fires eat through the drought ridden forests, and storms rip through homes; when the results of your denial give us post apocalyptic deadzones and the desolation of socioeconomic stability; when the oceans rise- I hope you climate deniers taught your children how to fend, you may be dead by then, but what of your lineage? Lest we forget…cannibalism.
    I know I'll survive. I'm in fact, slightly excited for thunderdome 2050. And I've got a list of culprits for this crisis…

  18. What are those 200 species?  Bugs?  Viruses?  Bacteria?  If we were losing tens of thousands of species every year wouldn't someone other than zoologists notice?

  19. During all of this, my school district just announced it would STOP recycling because it's going to cost $1,000 more per year. ONE. THOUSAND. DOLLARS……really. I just can't……

  20. Climate change deniers can't refute her so they have to resort to baseless smears instead. They also have no problem believing groups funded by fossil fuel companies that deny climate change.

  21. Sad. That sweet girl believes in the hope of the power of democracy. When the truth is that the filthy rich control everything everywhere and could care less about the environment, people, our children’s future, etc… only grabbing more money and power.


  23. Worse part is majority of you guys in the comment section will be very inspired but will continue to treat the planet like shit. Fucking hypocrites…

  24. Let’s see al gore just brought a mansion on the water front.
    DiCaprio has jet plane and petrol guzzling yacht.
    What happened to their fears of global warming,oh I mean climate change.
    Oh we cared in the 90s as well cause the yr 2000 was meant to be tipping point,I cared so much I didn’t have kids,boy was I a dickhead.

  25. She had helicopters over her boat. They flied to America back and forth to make sure she was on the right way ( To America)

  26. I don't get it… why is this comment section not about tips that we exchange, like "hey, this is a great website, where climate change is explained in a good way for kids" or "hey, I want to stop flying for the next five years, who's with me?" or I don't know what… instead of commenting on her performance in the show, we should see, what ideas come up, if we work together! This is not a you-problem, this is an us-problem! So, let's start working!

  27. I noticed a little image keeps popping up at the bottom of the screen, in a circle it has in capital letters , TDS.
    I'm just saying.

  28. Maybe the fact that where she comes from it's known as a fact because their education system does not allow them to think otherwise. After all she lives in a socialist country. Just listen to these Democrat candidates, if you don't think like them you're just an idiot and useless.

  29. No surprise that the idiot Trevor would listen to a 16 year old who knows about as much about climate change as a rock. You know the whole crew flew back and the emissions that it took to build her boat was more than if she had flown.

  30. Trevor Noah is the best interviewer. He always allow his guest to speak while he listen attentively. This interview with Gretha was very educative and the message was clear. Thank you very much, Trevor

    Gretha is very intelligent for her age. She's well spoken and her English is perfect. Her calm way of explaining things makes her message clear. She's a teacher to all of us. She has thought me and my family a lot. My 10 year old daughter is looking up to her for more inspiration on how to care for our plant. We should all be teaching our children since they are the next generation who will be going through hell in this world if we don't start teaching them how to care for this world. My daughter did a very good class presentation about Gretha and also about how we should care for the environment.

    The audience wasn't really mocking. I believe they know it's a serious matter. Its alright to laugh since its the daily show and some fun words can slip out. I believe many in the audience were laughing especially that NY does smell, polluted, people are loud… I was there some years ago. I don't mean to be rude… But honestly speaking I could taste the pollution in my mouth and yes, the smell…. Without any doubt the audience have learned a lot from Gretha and Trevor's interview.

    Love from Copenhagen 🙂

  31. at the laugher-reaction when greta says that 'she does not care about how her mother performs' somebody can see, how stupid people are. these stupid, dirty laughters everytime, anywhere you are… she just says, the way (!) of performing of her mother is not important for her, she can perform in different ways.

  32. The amount of gullible idiots in the world is remarkable.. clapping in the audience like a group of seals!! Recycle and don't pollute, the earth will be just fine!

  33. Its a little weird a 16yo girl who looks like an 11 yo girl so worry about global warming take a boat to America to speak to Obama and be part of a daily show
    and by the way is she going back to Europe sailing because I think sailing across the atlantic to Europe must be done before end of august because of strong current and wind blowing east to west right?

  34. Poor kid!
    Letting or inciting kids to praticipate in politic affairs demonstrates the total failure of the adults.
    Planting an idea in the kid's mind, whatever important and global this idea could be, brings the kids very close to Hilterjügend, Soviet Komsomol and the kids with bomb belts.

  35. If she is so engaged in fighting climate change why is she not in China to speak to their representatives. I mean China is the number 1 country in emitting CO2 and in general being the most polluted country in the world. I believe that this girl is a fraud and a puppet.

  36. Ha ha ha. It is funny you commented on her Viking roots for being environment-friendly. Man, you are naughty knowing that Iceland is today treeless due to the Vikings.

  37. Time for a movie about this angel defender of our planet. We need a huge medium to spread her message to even more young people. Mr Lucas ,Spielberg someone get on it our planet needs a much larger voice.

  38. The audience is acting and laughing as if this were a sitcom and Greta Thunberg a stand up comedian. From the hilarious laughter you can even tell that the TV staff held up signs to encourage that. How sad and disrespectful to Greta and her impressive move to travel by boat to NYC. The loud host and audience would have shit their pants doing so.

  39. If someone wants to fight for the climate with life and death, so
    definitely other means are needed to stop the madness.
    Not healthy for other young people!

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