The 19-year-old climate change activist took to the stage of the iconic pyramid today (25 June) in front of thousands of festival-goers as she said we were ‘at the beginning of a climate and environmental emergency’.
She continued, “But the biosphere is not only changing, it is destabilizing, it is collapsing. Finely balanced natural patterns and cycles are a vital part of the systems that support life on Earth as we know it are disrupted. The consequences could be dire.
“And no, unfortunately, this is not the new normal. This crisis will continue to escalate until we can stop the continued destruction of our life systems so that we prioritize people and the planet over profit and greed.”
“The world we inhabit safely no longer exists,” Thunberg went on, adding that global carbon dioxide emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021.
“If we are to stay below the Paris Agreement targets, and thus reduce the risk of triggering an irreversible chain reaction, we need immediate, drastic and annual emissions cuts, unlike anything the world has seen before,” she said, adding that we need to make “fundamental changes.” ” In the community.
The activist criticized those in power for not doing enough to curb the climate crisis, saying it is a symptom of a much larger problem of inequality and “the idea that some people are more valuable than others, and therefore believe they have the right to steal other people’s resources and exploit them for their own benefit.”
Her speech was a drastic change from the other acts, as the audience calmed down to listen to what she had to say and chanted for her as she made harsh statements.
Thunberg continued: “We have been lied to, denied our rights as democratic citizens and not informed and this is one of our biggest problems – but it may also be the source of our greatest hope, because once we fully understand the urgency of this crisis, we can act.
“In the right circumstances, there are no limits to what we can do.”
She ended her speech by inviting the audience to join a hymn in which she said “the climate” and they responded with “justice”.
Thunberg revealed that she will be making an appearance earlier today, writing on Twitter: “I am happy to announce that today I will be performing at the Pyramid Theater in Glastonbury at 5.15pm. Goodbye!”
Besides his speech, Glastonbury’s full 2022 lineup includes more than 3,000 shows this year, with some big names spiking the pyramid scene, including Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, among others.
More than 200,000 gamblers descended on Belton, Somerset, on Wednesday, June 22 to enjoy the festival for the first time since 2019, after it was canceled over the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
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