GRETA THUNBERG has issued a stark warning to humanity: stop eating meat and switch to a vegan diet otherwise “we are f***ed”.
The grim prediction came as part of a video statement posted to Twitter by the 18-year-old environmental activist.
In the clip, Thunberg outlined why a reduction in meat consumption would help avoid more ecological and health issues in the future.
“The climate crisis, the ecological crisis and the health crisis – they are all interlinked,” she said.
“The way we make food, raising animals to eat, clearing land to grow food to feed those animals… It just doesn’t make sense.”ADVERTISEMENThttps://5707369632581ac2ed7e0637c2e09413.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
The impact of agriculture on the ongoing climate crisis is well documented.
It is estimated that raising animals like cattle and poultry for food accounts for roughly a quarter of all carbon emissions, globally.
By switching to a vegan diet, humanity would effectively eliminate anywhere up to eight billion tonnes of CO2 which is currently being released into the Earth’s atmosphere each and every year.
“If we keep making food the way we do, we will also destroy the habitats of most wild plants and animals, driving countless species to extinction,” Thunberg added.ADVERTISEMENThttps://5707369632581ac2ed7e0637c2e09413.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
In addition to the environmental impact, Thunberg urged the public to pay more consideration to the feelings of animals born and bred for food.ADVERTISEMENT
Thunberg, who is a vegan herself, noted that many animals born into such circumstances live “short and terrible” lives inside the heavily industrialised factory farms where meat is produced.
The Swedish activist’s warning is part of a video funded by the charity Mercy For Animals, an organisation that campaigns to prevent animal cruelty in the livestock industry and encourage more people to take up veganism.
Greta Thunberg says she has stopped buying new clothes but does not sit in judgment on others whose lifestyle choices are less environmentally friendly than her own, in an interview to mark her 18th birthday.
Asked what she thought of celebrities who talk about the climate emergency while flying around the world, the teenager declined to criticise them, although warned that others might.
“I don’t care,” she told the Sunday Times magazine. “I’m not telling anyone else what to do, but there is a risk when you are vocal about these things and don’t practise as you preach, then you will become criticised for that and what you are saying won’t be taken seriously.”Advertisementhttps://cdb82b77503bc2e6b5e24d7b8059365a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Avoiding long flights is one of the most effective ways individuals can reduce their carbon emissions but the biggest impact is from not having children, according to studies. Nevertheless Thunberg was not about to tell people not to procreate. “I don’t think it’s selfish to have children,” she said. “It is not the people who are the problem, it is our behaviour.”
While her lifestyle is far removed from that of most western teenagers, Thunberg says she does not feel she is missing out.
On clothes, she said: “The worst-case scenario I guess I’ll buy second-hand, but I don’t need new clothes. I know people who have clothes, so I would ask them if I could borrow them or if they have something they don’t need any more. I don’t need to fly to Thailand to be happy. I don’t need to buy clothes I don’t need, so I don’t see it as a sacrifice.”
Thunberg was famously told to “chill” by Donald Trump but she said her passion and concern about the environment did not get her down. “I don’t sit and speculate about how the future might turn out, I see no use in doing that,” she said. “As long as you are doing everything you can now, you can’t let yourself become depressed or anxious.”
She named her ideal birthday present as a “promise from everyone that they will do everything they can” for the planet. However, when pressed on a more tangible gift, she opted for replacement headlights for her bike, explaining: “In Sweden, it gets very dark in the winter.”
Greta Thunberg has blasted politicians as hypocrites and international climate summits as empty words and greenwash. Until humanity admits it has failed to tackle the climate crisis and begins treating it as an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, society will be unable to stop global heating, she said.
In an interview with the Guardian, Thunberg said leaders were happy to set targets for decades into the future, but flinched when immediate action to cut emissions was needed. She said there was not a politician on the planet promising the climate action required: “If only,” said the teenager, who will turn 18 in January.
But she is inspired by the millions of students who have taken up the school strike she began by herself in Sweden 116 weeks ago. Since then she has addressed the UN and become the world’s most prominent climate campaigner. She also has hope: “We can treat a crisis like a crisis, as we have seen because of the coronavirus. Treating the climate crisis like a crisis – that could change everything overnight.”
Thunberg said the scale and speed of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature close to the limit set by the Paris climate agreement are so great that they cannot be achieved by the normal operation of society. “Our whole society would just shut down and too many people would suffer,” she said.
“So the first thing we need to do is understand we are in an emergency [and] admit the fact that we have failed – humanity collectively has failed – because you can’t solve a crisis that you don’t understand,” Thunberg said.
A vital UN climate summit had been scheduled to begin on Monday in Glasgow but has been postponed for a year because of Covid-19. Thunberg, however, said she was not disappointed by the delay: “As long as we don’t treat the climate crisis like a crisis, we can have as many conferences as we want, but it will just be negotiations, empty words, loopholes and greenwash.”
She is also unimpressed with pledges by nations including the UK, China and Japan to reach net zero by 2050 or 2060. “They mean something symbolically, but if you look at what they actually include, or more importantly exclude, there are so many loopholes. We shouldn’t be focusing on dates 10, 20 or even 30 years in the future. If we don’t reduce our emissions now, then those distant targets won’t mean anything because our carbon budgets will be long gone.”
Thunberg is particularly scathing about the EU’s MEPs who in October approved almost €400bn (£360bn) in subsidies for farmers, the majority of which has weak or non-existent green conditions attached. Agriculture is responsible for about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and Thunberg said: “It is a disaster for the climate and for biodiversity.”Advertisementhttps://2081d9291720d49e1841522c8d8e9036.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
She said MEPs had asked for her support in September when the EU was deciding its target for emissions cuts by 2030. “When it’s about something that is in 10 years’ time, they are more than happy to vote for it because that doesn’t really impact them. But when it’s something that actually has an effect, right here right now, they don’t want to touch it. It really shows the hypocrisy.”
Thunberg said she will back the best party available when she reaches voting age, but that there were no politicians she rates as good: “If only. I wish there was one politician or one party that was strong enough on these issues. Imagine how easy it would be if you could just support a politician.”
Justice is at the heart of her campaigning, Thunberg said. “That is the root of all this,” she said. “That’s why we are fighting for climate justice, social justice. They are so interlinked, you can’t have one without the other.”
“The climate crisis is just one symptom of a much larger crisis, [including] the loss of biodiversity, the loss of fertile soil but also including inequality and threats to democracy,” she said. “These are symptoms that we are not living sustainably: we have reached the end of the road.”
On campaigning, Thunberg said: “We need to do everything we can to push in the right direction. But I don’t see the point of being optimistic or pessimistic, I’m just realistic. That doesn’t mean I’m not happy, I’m very happy. You need to have fun, and I’m having much more now than before I started campaigning for this. When your life gets meaning you become happy.”
She said she was inspired by fellow school strikers. “It is so inspiring to see them because they are so determined and so brave,” Thunberg said. “In some countries, they even get arrested for striking. For instance, Arshak Makichyan in Russia, he had troubles with the police, but he just continues because he knows what he’s doing is right. And then also in places like China, Howey Ou is incredibly brave.”
The school strikers brought headline-grabbing crowds to the streets of cities and towns around the world before the coronavirus pandemic, but are now largely confined to online activism. “We are still around and we will have to keep pushing, unfortunately. But we will. We’re not planning to go away,” Thunberg said.
Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has derided Greta Thunberg after the teenage climate activist added her voice to growing international condemnation of a surge of anti-indigenous violence in the Amazon.
“It is shameful that the world remains silent about this,” the 16-year-old campaigner added.
Bolsonaro – who activists accuse of green-lighting a new era of destruction and violence with his hardline anti-environment rhetoric – hit back on Tuesday.
“Greta’s been saying Indians have died because they were defending the Amazon,” a smirking Bolsonaro told reporters outside the presidential palace in Brazil’s capital, Brasília.
“It’s amazing how much space the press gives this kind of pirralha,” Bolsonaro added, using a Portuguese word that loosely translates as “little brat” or “pest”.
Bolsonaro had initially failed to remember Thunberg’s name, labelling her simply “that girl”.
Thunberg appeared to take Bolsonaro’s disparagement as a badge of honour, changing her Twitter biography to “Pirralha”.
Thunberg is far from alone in challenging Bolsonaro over the spike in rainforest destruction and attacks on indigenous communities during his first year in power.
Brazil’s Indigenous Missionary Council rights group reported in September that 153 indigenous territories had been invaded since the start of 2019 – more than twice last year’s figure of 76 – and said Bolsonaro’s “aggressive” talk was partly responsible.
After Saturday’s killings in the northern state of Maranhão, Brazil’s former environment minister, Marina Silva, tweeted: “This Amazon bloodbath demands a strong and swift response from Brazilian authorities.”
“We have been cut adrift and left unprotected by the Brazilian state,” wrote Sônia Guajajara, a prominent indigenous leader.
In a recent interview, the Amazon senator Randolfe Rodrigues said Brazil’s native peoples stood at a historic juncture as Bolsonaro pushed ahead with plans to open their lands to commercial mining.
“Not since the [1964-85] dictatorship have Brazil’s indigenous peoples felt as threatened as they do now,” Rodrigues said.
Greta Thunberg will interview environmentalist and broadcaster David Attenborough as part of a special BBC radio takeover, it has been announced.
The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist will speak with the Seven Worlds, One Planet documentarian on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, to air on Monday. They will discuss topics including the environment and the natural world, she said.
Nobel Prize nominee Thunberg had previously announced she would be a guest editor for the show, one of five people to guest edit the daily current affairs programme during the festive period.
Each programme will include an interview with the guest editor, with Thunberg speaking to Attenborough, 93, one of the UK’s most revered documentary makers.
The official BBC Radio 4 twitter announced the interview with a video of Thunberg.
As Aidy Bryant (dressed as a snowman) was wrapping up the segment with jokes about the dinner-table debates, McKinnon appeared as the Swedish climate-activist teenager, who said she also had a “Christmas message.”
“In 10 years, this snowman won’t exist,” McKinnon warned, gesturing to Bryant’s character. “Santa, reindeer, the North Pole, all of it, gone. The ice caps will melt and the elves will drown.”
She continued, “So, merry maybe our last Christmas to all. And Donald Trump, step to me, and I’ll come at you like a plastic straw comes at a turtle. I can’t believe I”m saying this to a 70-year-old man, but grow up!”
“.@GretaThunberg, don’t let anyone dim your light. Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all. Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on,” Obama tweeted early Friday.
Leonardo DiCaprio posted a video on Instagram of Thunberg and congratulated her on the honor, including Time’s description of why she was selected. Actress Alyssa Milano, meanwhile, bashed Trump for his reaction.
GRETA THUNBERG HAS MASTERED THE ART OF MEDIA AIKIDO WITH A BRILLIANT RESPONSE TO ANAL TANGERINUS AND HIS BIZARRE TWEETS.
In response to Greta being named Time magazine’s Person of the year, the President angrily attacked her because he wanted to be Man of the Year.
But the “Man” who failed to be is furious that a 16 year old Swedish girl got the goden egg that he so desired and tweeted:
Donald J. Trump ✔
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!
Greta, not to be intimidated by a narcissistic sociopath intent upon ushering in all the perils of unaddressed climate change by opportunistic world leaders like himself responded brilliantly.
Without hesitation she replied on her Twitter profile with: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
This young lady was born to be a leader and what she has done has been incredibly stunning. She skipped school to cross the Atlantic twice by sail, she addressed the United Nations, she toured North America including Standing Rock and the Tar Sands in Canada, she told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he was not doing much, she stared down the President of the United States and just recently addressed the Climate Change Conference in Spain.
And I don’t thing she has (in the immortal words of Captain John Paul Jones) even begun to fight.
I can honestly say that over the last 50 years of activism I have ever met or seen someone so focused and unrelenting with her message. I have had the privilege of speaking with her and what impressed me was her courage, her passion, her commitment and her exceptional mind.
Over the next 50 years as humanity slides towards a future most cannot even comprehend or imagine, her vision hopefully will help to navigate us towards a safe harbor.
She is an incredible leader today and she will be an exceptionally inspiring leader in the years to come.
I wonder if that good old fashioned movie she will be watching with a friend will be “Soylent Green”.