Ik ben niet zo van de lijstjes aan het einde van het jaar; ook niet voor de man/vrouw van het jaar of zo. Maar dit maal heb ik toch de neiging om iemand als Persoon van Het Jaar 2018 te zien.
Dat zou dan Greta Thunberg zijn; de 15-jarige Zweedse die als een van de weinige sprekers op de Klimaatconferentie van Katowice de aanwezigen zonder terughoudendheid aansprak op hun verantwoordelijkheden voor het klimaat.
Haar toespraak is hieronder te zien en daaronder te lezen.
My name is Greta Thunberg, I am 15-years old, and I am from Sweden. I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I’ve learned that you are never too small to make a difference.
And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to. But to do that we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.
You only speak of green eternal economic growth, because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency break.
You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and a living planet.
Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury.
It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.The year 2078 I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you.
Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act. You say you love your children above all else. And yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.
Until you start focusing on what needs to be done — rather than what is politically possible — there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground and we need to focus on equity.
And if solutions within this system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself. We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.
You have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people. Thank you.
Met dank aan cammoritz voor het transcript.