“We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

  • Published: 11 September 2019
  • In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, we spend the hour with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions across the globe. Last year she launched a school strike for the climate, skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe have participated in their own local school strikes for the climate. Since her strike began in 2018, Greta has become a leading figure in the climate justice movement. She has joined protests across Europe. She has addressed world leaders at the U.N. climate talks in Poland and the European Union Parliament. She has even met the pope. And now she is in New York to join a global climate strike on September 20 and address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23. Greta has refused to fly for years because of emissions, so she arrived here after a two-week transatlantic voyage aboard a zero-emissions racing yacht. She is also planning to attend the U.N. climate summit in Santiago, Chile, in December. Greta joined us Tuesday in our Democracy Now! studio.


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Comments • 1 948

  • Pacero
    Pacero  19 minutes back

    Allow me, to try & guess, what the politicians, are thinking at this moment, with my two hands, on my temples.
    Its not hard to do that. ~You can try it yoursel. Lol! = They are saying: - "There are too many people, in this world, let`s blow them all up!,and that, will be the answer, for climate change". Lets invade Syria, Lybia, Lebanon, Iraq, Afeghanistan, Venezuela, Hops, back to South America, but not before, having soft coup-de-etat, in Brazil, or taking Argentina, down the gutter, for trying to dollarize its economic system, for We, Americans, as if, some of us, or most of us, are not Americans, and we are the only ones who can print the fake toillet paper, called "The Almighty Dollar".

    • azmanabdula
      azmanabdula  30 minutes back

      First off, We have to continue on the current course to get fusion technology

      Any other direction will leave us in a situation like Haiti

      .......and why are the left using children to explain their point of view

      This is getting sad

      Im not inspired

      I see hypocrisy and ignorance

      • codyjones109
        codyjones109  2 hours back

        what a smart kid! WOW!

        • codyjones109
          codyjones109  2 hours back

          People cannot grasp what is about to take over all aspects of life! We are already in the final mass extinction event. Hardly anyone is talking about it in the news. Man has lite the fuse to a bomb that will kill most of mankind! Profff of this was this years floods in the mid west. If that event happens for 3 years in any period YOU WONT EAT!

          • will bower
            will bower  3 hours back

            17:30 Glitch in the matrix. Mum, what were my lines?

            • Hadley Bee
              Hadley Bee  4 hours back

              ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

              • Hadley Bee
                Hadley Bee  4 hours back

                And good for you for being conscientious and buying second hand☺

                • Hadley Bee
                  Hadley Bee  4 hours back

                  You say that being different is good but you are asking people to get TOGETHER ON ONE PLATFORM OF THOUGHT!

                  • Anne Goodwin
                    Anne Goodwin  5 hours back

                    Very informative. Thank you Greta.

                    • athena *
                      athena *  5 hours back

                      Indeed the rules have to change, playing by old rules doesn't work anymore.

                      • grin chakra
                        grin chakra  6 hours back

                        I'm so proud of her!

                        • Carol Cohen
                          Carol Cohen  6 hours back

                          She is fully awake and want us to wake up and work together in saving our planet. Join the strike on Sept 20.🙏💛😊

                          • Brian Jefferson
                            Brian Jefferson  7 hours back

                            If everyone made the sacrifices she did in her trip regarding how they travel and use their money, by considering the effect of each decision they make on the environment, the world climate may actually, slowly, and eventually begin to improve.

                            • Justin Beck
                              Justin Beck  8 hours back

                              If anyone is still curious about what existentialism is they can listen to this conversation.

                              • Audio Pervert
                                Audio Pervert  9 hours back

                                Her mom is a leading award winning environmental figure in sweden ... It's ironic that a part of mainstream media is treating Greta as some angel Joan of Climate Arc .... however going on about their business as usual, driving cars, taking flights, eating meat and trash, burning more and more fossil fuels ... Pathetic drama of robbing peoples hope and goodwill .. here comes the greenwashing industry!

                                • Ajan
                                  Ajan  10 hours back

                                  Greta Thunberg is not striking to "disrupt the system". She is PART OF IT!! Do you really believe that a loving and lighted person who, through its being awakens people to penetrate the system, would have been received by the pope and political elite? Or sailed through the Atlantic Ocean by royals? Just think over for a few minutes!

                                  • Hissy Cissy
                                    Hissy Cissy  7 hours back

                                    Ajan, meeting the Pope and royalty does not give you credibility, these people are mere humans, not Gods!

                                • SERGIO SANCHEZ PADILLA
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                                      • Tammy j Monette
                                        Tammy j Monette  10 hours back

                                        This girl wears antifa t-shirts and so does her mother just take 2 min look up on the net

                                        • SERGIO SANCHEZ PADILLA
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                                            • Trevor Sutton
                                              Trevor Sutton  11 hours back

                                              One more thing.if you truly care about the environment band together and buy properties of a few hundred or thousand acres and leave it be.protesting will get you heard but a million environmentalists buying and sealing off 10million 1 million or 100 million acres you'll see the soil insects plants trees animals come back.maybe a little assistance like dams fenced off and weed and feral animal work.but these things will help more than words and banners.when 5000 acres is abundant again after 50 years this will show neighboring properties the damage they are doing. Each property I was on when I was on properties I lived in harmony with all the life on the farms and left them better than when I arrived more native life plants trees etc whilst having farm animals it can be done if you choose goodness over fiat currency money is pure illusion.

                                              • Fernanda Pedrotti-Ebenberger

                                                Big fan of her!!!! I wish all kids like my 8 year old will keep doing something to change this world. 💪♥️

                                                • Trevor Sutton
                                                  Trevor Sutton  11 hours back

                                                  All societies need people.but people do not need socities.each being is all powerful whether you realize this or not.if your society doesn't listen walk away from it, it will submit too you if not at least you do your best.their are other ways teach the children who will eventually be the next generation in power government and society wise.other ways are join together and donate to become a force for change.other ways of making a civilization listen ie.if it's a capitalist society that's the greed system so to make it listen you stop spending money.hope this information is helpful to people

                                                  • Gary Esposito
                                                    Gary Esposito  11 hours back

                                                    More prescient than all republicans, the criminal party. Note how elegantly she speaks, now imagine the dolt in the white house and his insipid rambling.

                                                    • Christian Peters
                                                      Christian Peters  11 hours back

                                                      to sad the truth is geoengineering not climate change, democracy now is just another puppet.

                                                      • Ellenor Bovay
                                                        Ellenor Bovay  12 hours back

                                                        Sweet heart, you say you want to hold the adults accountable. Which ones? You can start with the one that invented the automobile, the biggest consumer of petroleum. He's dead. Or you can judge the man that invented the airplane, which you avoid by riding on a sail boat, he's dead too. Or you can jail the man that discovered petroleum, except he's in the ground as well. My Dad is in his 80's, he like his Dad, just used the technology that was developed by our ancestors, technology that was celebrated for making life better, safer, and more comfortable. I guess you could come after me, because I have 2 trucks, a car, and 2 motorcycles, but what will the charges be? That I egregiously consume a product that is sold on almost every corner, and for which there are commercials on TV telling me to use? Sweet heart maybe you should just go to school and learn something, like everybody else did.

                                                        • Hissy Cissy
                                                          Hissy Cissy  6 hours back

                                                          Ellenor Bovay - very well said, bravo you!

                                                      • Tashi Tsering
                                                        Tashi Tsering  12 hours back

                                                        we/they (climate activists) should sue the fossil fuel companies like Tobacco company were sued for negligence etc.

                                                        • Thomas Olsson
                                                          Thomas Olsson  12 hours back


                                                          • Ellenor Bovay
                                                            Ellenor Bovay  12 hours back

                                                            Notre Dam burning has absolutely nothing to do with your stupid climate change theory. The Dam thing was a giant wooden structure and all the wood was dried out for centuries of evaporation, like all wood does, and somebody carelessly lit it on fire. It proves nothing, and is an example of how you associate the wrong things with "evidence" of climate change. She cries about air pollution, when I first moved to LA 35 years ago, the air was so filled with smog you couldn't see 4 miles to the nearby mountains, now the air is crystal clear, because we stopped polluting the air with old automobile technology, now we have emission controls on our cars. The insects that she cries about missing, were killed by pesticides, which again has nothing to do with climate change. Taking a sail boat to your destination, besides being ridiculous, requires someone to build a giant fiberglass sail boat, which takes a HUGE amount of petroleum, and also takes huge amounts of petroleum to generate electricity for water desalination, cooking, bathing, and motoring when the wind is not suitable for sailing. In the end, it probably doesn't save anything, and is not a replacement for air travel. All it does is illustrate that you people know nothing about science and engineering, and you just want to complain because you aren't happy with your lives. Even though your lives are more luxurious than 99% of the humans throughout history.

                                                            • Ellenor Bovay
                                                              Ellenor Bovay  12 hours back

                                                              This is a good example of how all your chicken little BS is affecting young children. She said she was depressed, and losing weight, Im sure a lot of suicides are due to children worrying about this nonsense. In other words, you idiots are causing kids to ruin their lives for something you have no proof of and you don't understand. Its OK for you to do stupid things like drive 80K dollar electric cars around, and its fine if you change your light bulbs, who cares really? But when you start killing children, that's when you are crossing the line, and you should be held accountable.

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                                                                The problem with Greta, her handlers, never mention that Canadians were having less children (1.6) and solving the environmental problems. Instead of demanding the PPC be cheered for their environmental stance on immigration people attacked Maxime and I am horrified that most of you are destroying Canadians sacrifice to save the planet and environment by overpopulation via immigration. More information on my channel. Take a look.

                                                                A finite country and resources can only support a finite population and Canada breeched that limit with the destruction of the fisheries in the 1970-80's so Canadians (ME) committed to saving the planet with depopulation and finding a sustainable balance and only evil people destroyed that sacrifice via immigration.

                                                                • ANTHONY BOOTH
                                                                  ANTHONY BOOTH  13 hours back

                                                                  I use only ecobulbs; - am designing node mcu's to enhance efficiency of my home electrical s - I plan to electrify my scooter or buy an electric scooter (and build a few small wind turbines) ...if the climate still kills us then I will die knowing that I TRIED

                                                                  • goinblinddoggone
                                                                    goinblinddoggone  13 hours back

                                                                    Live long with continued great strength little Greta. Much love

                                                                    • savita subrahmanyam
                                                                      savita subrahmanyam  14 hours back

                                                                      She is vegan..... For the environment...... A very small diet change can help our planet

                                                                      • Maiju K
                                                                        Maiju K  15 hours back

                                                                        Tomorrow is Friday. I'm going.

                                                                        • wepipe
                                                                          wepipe  15 hours back

                                                                          Only have to look at these comments to see how the 'satanic deep state' diabolically sophisticated use of psychological warfare against the ignorant populous, works for them to perfection. Uneducated ignorant and confused majority will drag all, including the minority 'awake', to inevitable tyrannous satanic control and destruction.

                                                                          • wepipe
                                                                            wepipe  15 hours back

                                                                            Use Parents clothes ? to large derr. Personnel access to electric car and sailboat, how rich is her family then ? What were her parents political and corporate associations, before her becoming this celebrity ?
                                                                            You can bet that information is made inaccessible and if so we smell a rat there don't we.

                                                                            • wepipe
                                                                              wepipe  15 hours back

                                                                              Diabolically clever move by the 'deep state'. Using an adolescent girl to propagandise the climate hoax. Truth is that the global climate is under massive Satanic attack by geoengineering [ chemtrails ] to drastically reduce sunlight and thereby population by starvation. Also possibly make the planet more hospitable for alien invaders.

                                                                              • Catherine Karena
                                                                                Catherine Karena  15 hours back

                                                                                I love how Amy interviews her, she is such a gracious, warm person.

                                                                                • SMART-voter.org
                                                                                  SMART-voter.org  16 hours back

                                                                                  Oh no. Not Democracy now too. False flag.

                                                                                  Lots of people without careers or responsibilities filling the streets enjoying the illusion of empowerment is nothing new.

                                                                                  Prior to Greta, people were starting to do the one things that can change the system. They were moving away from the Red / Blue pantomime, they were demanding an end to 1st past the post, they were demanding that the other candidates form pacts, they were asking for truly binding commitments backed by recall.

                                                                                  Now Greta has commoners going back to putting pressure on the same exploitative wolves rather than challenge the system. She's meeting with war profiteers who use the opportunity to listen respectfully and thus trick commoners into thinking they can carry on voting for the wolves let alone forget about the wolves dressed as sheep.

                                                                                  A Greta you should follow and respect will be telling you to boycott any candidate who won't sign a recall guarantee introduce a carbon tax, that land and property is taxed directly where the owning entity or lender is not locally taxed, that voting is ranked choice, that in areas of no ranked choice the honest candidates take part in a progressive ranked choice primary.

                                                                                  Stop falling for it.

                                                                                  Stop thinking you can win because a 16 year old saying nothing new is given air time. You need to VoteSafe .eu

                                                                                  • Farvahar P
                                                                                    Farvahar P  17 hours back

                                                                                    There's nothing wrong with climate it's only hoax to tax your money.

                                                                                    • Hannah Rose
                                                                                      Hannah Rose  17 hours back

                                                                                      I could listen to her for days

                                                                                      • Frank Elwert
                                                                                        Frank Elwert  22 hours back

                                                                                        She invented the first
                                                                                        Tampon !

                                                                                        • gppe huyt
                                                                                          gppe huyt  22 hours back

                                                                                          Lol she is just a manipulated brainwashed abused kid who is put there to promote a false agenda...wake the fuck people

                                                                                          • Denise Garchow
                                                                                            Denise Garchow  22 hours back

                                                                                            We don't want a democracy, we are a contitusional republic. Climate change is a hoax.

                                                                                            • john frew
                                                                                              john frew  23 hours back

                                                                                              YouTube ...Condemned to Death On Broadway Target Video 1984 song Ocean. They didn't hear us then and their not going to hear you now. Boo Hoo. Nothing more Punk Rock then the End of the World. Accept it's Over