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Greta Thunberg


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Greta Thunberg Speech at UN Climate Action Summit

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  • This speech from Greta Thunberg to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in 2019 is extremely powerful and is made even more impactful by the fact that she was only 16 years old when she gave this speech. 
  • Thunberg discusses the remaining carbon budget to avoid dangerous environmental consequences and focuses the responsibility to act on older generations currently in positions of power. 
  • Thunberg highlights that the UN plan only provides a 50 percent chance of avoiding catastrophic ecological conditions and that tipping points and feedback loops may reduce that chance even further. 
Teaching Tips


  • Greta Thunberg's speech is clear and easy to understand.
  • This passionate speech instills a sense of urgency to take action. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video.
  • Students should be familiar with what 1.5 degrees Celsius means in regards to climate change.


Scientist Notes
This resource is the 4-minute speech that Greta Thunberg gave to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2019. Everything Greta says about the dangers of climate change and the changes we are seeing across the globe are all accurate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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